This Week’s Readings
Monday, May 21: 1 Samuel 25-31
Tuesday, May 22: 2 Samuel 1-6
Wednesday, May 23: 2 Samuel 7-10
Thursday, May 24: 2 Samuel 11-15
Friday, May 25: 2 Samuel 16-20
Monday, May 28, we’ll finish the last four chapters of 2 Samuel and finish the week with some Psalms and Proverbs. That will cause some change to the overall year’s plan. Sorry about that. I miscounted the number of chapters in 1 Samuel when I did the original plan. I made the changes on the year plan page, and I filled it out into August.
The overall year’s plan is here.
2 Samuel 7:10-16
This passage is a dual prophecy. It concerns Solomon, David’s son, who gave Israel peace and who built a house (temple) for God. But it also concerns Jesus, the promised Anointed One [Messiah and Christ both mean "anointed one"], who is building a spiritual house for God to dwell in. That house is built of living stones, which are us, the saints of God (1 Pet. 2:4-5).
The writer of Hebrews even quotes verse 14 as a statement about Christ (1:5).
2 Samuel 8
In verse 1, the city or area that David took is translated many different ways. The Hebrew word means "bridle of one cubit." The NASB renders it "control of the chief city" and adds a note saying it is literally "bridle of the mother city."
Other commentaries suggest that the bridle has to do with collecting tribute, and so this is saying that David took control of the tribute from the Philistines.
1 Chronicles 18:1 says it was Gath and the surrounding towns which were taken.
2 Samuel 9
Chapter 8 is somewhat gruesome, but in chapter 9 we see another side of David.
Later, when Absalom temporarily overthrows David, Ziba will turn out to be a traitor to Mephibosheth.
2 Samuel 10
Honor is a big thing in eastern cultures. Hanan dishonored David’s servants, which turned out to be a big mistake.