- 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 21
The history in the book of Samuel begins with a prologue information about the beginning of Samuel’s life (1 Samuel 1:1-2:11), and ends with an epilogue giving the last words of King David. 2 Samuel 21 is the beginning of epilogue to the rest of chapters. The stories in this epilogue are set in various times of King David’s life.
The story of famine and the execution of the descendants of King Saul is to believed that it belongs before chapter 9, during the time of King David’s reign. Gibeonites are tribes before Joshua and Israelites came to the land. The Gibeonties tricked Joshua into making a peace treaty with them (Joshua 9:3-27). There was no record in the Old Testament that King Saul killed the Gibeonites. King Saul was highly intolerant of non-Israelite elements in his kingdom, in contrast to the inclusive policy of King David.
The story of war against the Philistine in this chapter belongs after chapter 5, being a part of the now partially lost story of David’s victory over the Philistines, showing David as the warrior commanding the respect of other mighty warriors. David killed Goliath at Socoh, the Philistine (1 Samuel 17) while Elhanan get the credit in this passage (v.19). Both stories describe Goliath’s spear as being like a weaver’s beam (1 Samuel 17:7)
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?