Category Archives: The Book of Second Samuel

What happens when David becomes king of Israel and then begins falling away from God? We will be posting Pastor Lindberg’s notes after each week’s class.

Bible Study Series: The Book of Second Samuel (Week Three Notes)

After his usurping son is killed, David reconstructs the kingdom and writes a psalm about his love for God.

17:1-23

David’s network of spies then begins to have their desired effect. Hushai begins to give advice that is counter to Ahithophel’s, and the new “king” rejects the plan that would have secured the kingdom for him. Instead of acting when he needs to act, he waits. His waiting gives David time to recover from the shock of Absalom’s actions, to gather his forces to him, and to prepare for battle. Ahithophel realizes that everything is lost and that he has no future. Instead of waiting for the ax to fall, he goes off and hangs himself.

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Bible Study Series: The Book of Second Samuel (Week Two Notes)

Adultery, betrayal, revenge, and retribution as David falls away from God’s path.

9:1-12

David now starts to pay his debts. He had promised Jonathan that if anything ever happened to him, he would look after his family. Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth is still alive and probably in hiding. He was crippled at a young age when he was dropped by his nurse. So he’s no great specimen of a leader in the physical sense, but he still has the blood of Saul and Jonathan in his veins. David could have easily seen him as a threat to his kingship. Instead of looking at him as a threat, he sees in him an opportunity that has multiple assets.

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Bible Study Series: The Book of Second Samuel (Week One Notes)

David consolidates power, assumes the throne of Israel, and captures Jerusalem as the new capital.

1:1-16

David returns to Ziklag from chasing the Amalekites, an important action because it totally exonerates him from having any hand in the death of Saul. In fact, it isn’t until three days later that he even hears about the death of Saul, and of his son Jonathan. His actions concerning the Amalekite who brings him the message are very important in securing the path towards his future. The messenger is expecting a reward, not only for bringing the news of Saul’s death, but for helping the king escape being captured, and probably tortured, by acceding to his wishess and finishing him off after his botched suicide attempt.

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