Welcome back everyone. I hope this study has been as good for you as it has me. This has always been my favorite two books to read, but I have really enjoyed reading with you all and learning from your insights. Keep it up, we're almost there.
Today's reading is from 2 Samuel 10-11
We are just reminded here of the unbelievable ability of the Israelite army under the command and leadership of David. It did not seem to matter how many fronts they were surrounded by or how many men they were outnumbered by. They truly believed with David leading them and the LORD on their side, they could not be stopped. I love vs 12 from Joab, "Be courageous! Let us fight bravely to save our people and cities of our God. May the LORD's will be done." Great stuff! Also, I'm reminded of the loyalty that David has for others. At the beginning of the chapter he is sending ambassadors to express sympathy for the loss of his friend King Nahash, king of the Ammonites, but his son doesn't trust him. There is a lot for us to learn about how David viewed loyalty to friends and honoring them.
Uhhh! What do you say that hasn't already been said about this? David loses sight of obedience. It wasn't that David summoned her to his place that was a sin, these kings had many wives and concubines. It was that she was married. David tries to cover his mistakes with more bad choices. The take-away for me: one bad decision cultivates the ground for more bad decisions to follow. Disobedience can be a slippery slope.
What about you? How did these stories speak to you? What can you take-away from these today to apply to your life?