Through the Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 16-20

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 16

Some of these stories are great discussion topics. Did David allow Shimei to curse him because he was turning his fate over to God as he left Jerusalem? Or was he simply so hurt by his son’s treachery that it didn’t seem worth it to retaliate for the cursing?

These stories don’t require any clarifications, though, so I’ll not comment.

2 Samuel 17

David is being saved not by military might, but by friends that he has made.

Mahanaim, if you remember, is about 40 miles east of the Jordan river. Abner fled there when David’s forces defeated Ish-bosheth’s forces in 2 Samuel 2.

Ahithophel makes a great discussion topic, too. His advice was regarded as the word of God itself, but this one time it was rejected for Hushai’s advice. In response, he killed himself. What would make a person do that? Pride?

2 Samuel 18

The reason Joab was hesitant to send Ahimaaz is because he had a good idea how David would take the news of Absalom’s death. Ahimaaz was the son of Zadok the priest, a friend of David’s, and Joab either did not want to put Ahimaaz through the king’s wrath or he wanted to spare him any possible punishment the king dished out.

We can see by David’s reaction just how emotional a man that he was. He was a poet and musician as well as a mighty warrior, and if anything marked his life, it was all-out passion in everything he did. Many great men of God have and had similar tendencies.

Here, though, there is little doubt that his "love" was causing him to think irrationally. I put love in quotes because there is nothing to indicate practical love from David to Absalom. He had emotional feelings about Absalom, but he refused to see him after his exile, and he did nothing at all to set Absalom on a right path after Absalom’s revenge killing of Amnon.

2 Samuel 19

Joab justly rebukes David for his poorly thought out emotionalism, and David repents and comforts the people.

2 Samuel 20

Gibeon, where Joab murdered Amasa, is just a few miles north of Jerusalem. Abel-Beth-maacah is far to the north, just a few miles west of Dan in the land of Naphtali, which would become Galilee in Jesus’ time.

It doesn’t appear that Joab received any punishment at all for the murder until the beginning of Solomon’s reign, when David will ask for vengeance on several people, including Shimei, who had cursed him as he left Jerusalem.

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