- 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 20
The Rebellion of Sheba.
A new revolt by Sheba erupted before the old one, by Absalom, was completely healed. Sheba, meaning scoundrel in Hebrew, denied David’s authority. He was the son of Bichri, a Benjaminite from King Saul and Himei’s clan. The tribe of Bejamite brought trouble from the time of Judges (Judges 19, 20). The Benjaminite was the most disaffected tribe among Israel. His revolt against David might be his memory of King Saul who was also Benjamite.
The ten concubines (v.2) were those whom Absalom raped (2 Samuel 16:21-22), and David confined them in the palace.
The relationship dynamics between Amasa and Joab was described here. King David gave Amasa Joab’s job, and Joab killed Amasa out of jealousy. This was his fourth murder involving himself and the book’s sixth in total. Joab was now in complete command of the army and of the situation. He showed his energy and efficiency in pursuing the rebel to this remote spot.
Among the list of King David’s officials, Joab was the commander of Israel’s entire army. But when King David was dying he told Solomon to kill Joab for Abner’s and Amasa’ murders (1 Kings 2:5-6).
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?