(40 verses, 4:02 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The support and festival coronation of David
MARK & LEARN
- The two major breaks in this chapter are 1-22, the men who came to David at Ziklag, and 23-40, the men who came to David at Hebron.
- Vs. 2 – It’s notable that Saul’s kinsman are the first to come. One would assume they would be the last to come. This highlights the horrible treatment from Saul to the kingdom at the end.
- Vs. 8, 14 – The descriptions of the Gadites are quite cool, “mighty and experience warriors…face of lions…swift as gazelles upon the mountains…the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand.”
- Vs. 23 – we can’t read the history of Israel without seeing the theology of Israel as well. Everything is “according to the word of the Lord.”
- This whole reading emphasizes the unity of making David king. Phrases like “whole heart” and “single mind” are used along with the size of the army being described “like an army of God.” But we also see in vs. 16-18 a hesitancy on David’s part in trusting some who came. He does not welcome them right away and goes out to meet them before they enter his stronghold. After a test, David recognizes that he cannot read hearts, but can read lips and confession, and then commends it to God “who judges justly (1 Peter 2:22).”
- Holy Jesus, these mighty warriors of David are described “like an army of God.” Would that I see You and Your holy angels protective and guiding hand upon me, my family, my congregation and pastor, and all Your Church! I confess that I too often look around this vale of tears and see Your kingdom as weak, doubt that You are Lord, and mock that Your will is done over and against the will of my flesh, the world, and the devil, even without my prayer. Forgive me. Strengthen me to see Your power, which is so often made perfect in weakness. Help me and all Christians to be of a single mind and one heart with You and Your Word so that we are one even as You and Your Father are one.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC