2 Samuel 5

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • 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 5

David became the King of the unified kingdom.

After David was anointed king of Judah in Hebron, there was war between the house of King Saul and the house of David. When Ish-Bosheth, a son of King Saul, and Abner, a military leader of the King Saul, died, all the tribes of Israel surrendered to David. They anointed him king over Israel. At last he became the King of unified kingdom of Judah and all tribes of Israel.

Retrospecting their royal history, the historian recorded of the kingship of David. He became a tribal king at the age of thirty, ruling Judah in Hebron for seven years, ruling all Israel for thirty-three years. Since he was chosen by God through prophet Samuel, he has known God personally, trained to be a leader of his nation. God has walked with him. “He became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.” (2 Samuel 5:10)

As the King of the unified nation, David conquered the land of Jerusalem from the Jebusites, and he struck down the Philistines after he inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” (. v.19)

The historian set a remark of King David’s relationship with the Lord. He acted upon the answers  of the Lord. (v.19, 23).

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?  

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