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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1 - 2 Samuel 5:1-10; 1 Chronicles 11-12: David's Crowning Achievement with His Warriors

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-10; 1 Chronicles 11-12

The Message

English Standard Version

We head back into David's life. Since we are reading in chronological order 2 Samuel 5 will be split up between today's and Saturday's readings. These ten verses and 1 Chronicles 11 discuss David becoming king and taking Jerusalem.
There are several Hebrew names in this section. If you are getting bogged down with the names, call them all "Fred" (except Uriah, but you'll understand that later).

Thought to Guide Your Reading

David is able to take a city no Israelite was able to take—even Joshua's generation.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

The tribes of Israel rallied around David. He led them into Zion (Jerusalem) and captured it, then referred to as the City of David. David grew more confident because God was with him.
A multitude of mighty men came under David's command. The "Thirty" were mighty warriors lead by the "Big Three." They performed heroic feats in battle. Abishai was a leader of the Thirty but was not one of the Big Three.
Men streamed in from all of the tribes. Some of the best warriors came from Benjamin—Saul's tribe.
The people feasted for three days during David's coronation.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

David takes Zion, a city that no one had captured.

The Jebusites had built a fortress so strong that the Israelites had not been able to defeat it, even during Joshua's day. David had honored God and God allowed him to take the stronghold. It became his crowning achievement—a city with his name.

David grows into a great leader with God's help.

David has become the king of Israel. His reign begins well, similar to Saul's reign. God is with him, so he "proceeded with a longer stride, a larger embrace" (2 Samuel 5:10; 1 Chronicles 11:9, The Message). When God is with His Chosen Leaders, they become great leaders. We will see that David stays away from most of Saul's pride issues (but not all).

Uriah was also one of the Thirty.

Remember that name. Uriah the Hittite is with David from the beginning.

Do you see your leaders walking with a greater stride, a larger embrace because God is on their side?

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