At a time of uncertainty, we need to listen to the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who tends, defends, and feeds his flock.
The account of David and Bathsheba is familiar; however, we must feel the weight of David’s sin. What he did was evil in the eyes of the Lord. The same sin is crouching at our door. Only Christ can save us from our sins.
The story of David and Mephibosheth answers the question of what makes someone a giver, while the story of David and Ziba tells us what makes someone a taker.
In this text, David shows us how to respond to God's Word: he sits before the LORD, he prays that the LORD would keep his promises, and he acts in terms of God's promise.
David's desire to build a suitable house for God is met with a prophecy from Nathan which reveals that God already has his own plans for a house and for David's royal line which is Christ and the Church.
When the ark of the covenant was brought up to Jerusalem, Uzzah died, David danced, and Michal despised. The narrative of 2 Samuel calls on us to “serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling” (Psalm 2:11).
The demise of the house of King Saul and the ascent of King David's shows that the consequences of our actions and how we live our lives affect not just us alone but the people around us as well.
The events surrounding men like Abner and Joab in 2 Samuel 2 and 3 are a reminder to us that the Kingdom of God, what God is doing in history, is not merely some theoretical reality but is something that takes place on the ground, in and among the lives of real people.
Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a mustard seed. It starts small. David’s kingdom in Judah starts small, but it has the marks of the kingdom of God: small beginnings; the priority of prayer; benediction and invitation; and opposition.
Although we would expect the death of King Saul to bring relief and joy to David, it instead brings grief and lament which is actually a Godly response and shows that David, once again, is a man after God's own heart.
We approach this often misunderstood event in the Christmas story by looking at three topics related to the Wisemen's journey: their decision to go; a dangerous detour; and a different way home.