Welcome back everyone. We are definitely getting close to wrapping up these two books. We will finish the entire study on Friday of next week. Keep up the pace, keep giving your thoughts, and I believe it will be rewarding as we finish.
Today's reading is from 2 Samuel 14-15
Poor King David is always being deceived by others to show him the flaws of his own actions. Every time someone wants to make a point to them, they play on his sense of justice and then slam him. I really surprised that this type of deception did not cause David to be angered and lash out at those deceiving him. He truly did have a repentant heart, because that is the only reason why I can imagine he did not lash out.
I believe David's moral failures have caused him to become weak in his leadership. He essentially allows this uprising from his son to happen and flees. Can you imagine this happening only a short-time ago? I can't. I remember the powerful warrior nature of David. The problem that has happened, as had happened to previous people we have read about, David's children are acting like Eli's children and Samuel's children. Men of God who did not raise children of God. It is sad to see. I think the line in this chapter that sums it all up is when it says Absalom "stole the hearts of the men of Israel." At one time, nobody would have left the command and rule of David, but I believe sin has weakened his leadership.
What stood out to you from these passages?