- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Samuel 2
David, anointed King of Judah.
David’s life in the Philistine territory was ended when David became a King over the house of Judah. His anointing took place quickly and easily as a tribal king before he became the king over all Israel later. He was from Bethlehem in Judah and during this time with the Philistines he protected Judah. And the people of Judah welcomed him as their king.
The historian of the 2 Samuel described David a man of God. He always inquired of the Lord before he began a new thing. (v.1)
Another kingship began by Ishbosheth, one of King Saul’s son, for Israel. There were two royal families in conflict, David and Ishbosheth, and in war by each family’s men. The conflict came in two stages, a battle between rival companies of solders and the killing of a prominent member of each house. It took more than seven years for David to establish control over all of Israel.
The historian wrote about this division as a cause for national division later after King Solomon’s death, when Northern kingdom of Israel and Southern kingdom of Judah were divided.
However, the historian recorded all events in light of the faith in God.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?