Daily Bible Reading for Week of April 22-28, 2018
4/22 2 Samuel 5-8 - David is anointed king over all of Israel. The Philistines are still an enemy to Israel. David encounters and defeats them twice. Pay attention to the fact that David inquired of the Lord for each encounter. In chapter 6 David attempts to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to the Tent, but fails to remember that only the priests are to carry the Ark, it is not to be moved by a cart. In chapter 7 the Lord gives His great covenant to David regarding his throne to be occupied by his descendants forever! This would, of course, refer to Christ. Note David's humble but grateful response. In chapter 8 would continue to fight battles and gain more land for Israel.
4/23 2 Samuel 9-12 - Chapter 9 gives the touching display of kindness David wanted to show Jonathan's descendants. He arranges for Jonathan's crippled son, Mephibosheth, to eat his meals at David's table and to be cared for, for the rest of his life. Chapter 10 shows David's act of giving condolences to Hanun is treated with contempt. David's troops win a great victory. Chapter 11 of 2 Samuel is one of the hardest chapters to read and you encounter David's sin against one of his own soldiers, Uriah. David has an affair with Bathsheba and then has Uriah killed. Chapter 12 shows the prophet, Nathan, confronting David and the sad death of the son born to Bathsheba.
4/24 John 5,6 - In chapter 5 Jesus will clearly show the Jews that He is equal to God, note verses 17 and 18. The Jews knew that Jesus wasn't denying His equality with the Father. In chapter 6 Jesus will feed the 5,000 with the "lunch" of a boy, verse 9, who gave his lunch to the Lord. Jesus will then speak to His disciples about his flesh and blood being given for their salvation.
4/25 2 Samuel 13-15 - In chapters 13-15 you will read of the sad consequences David will face since his sin with Bathsheba. His son, Amnon, will rape his brother's sister and then that brother, Absalom, will kill Amnon. Then Absalom will turn against David and try to take the kingdom from him.
4/26 2 Samuel 16-18 - In these chapters David will run for his life and be cursed by Shimei, a descendant of Saul. David's former advisor, Ahithophel, will advise Absalom to humiliate David by sleeping with David's concubines. Absalom will eventually be killed by David's men, causing much heartache for the king.
4/27 John 7,8 - Jesus' own brothers did not believe in Him, at first, note verse 5. Jesus will preach in such a way that all are overwhelmed with His words, note verse 46. In chapter 8 the first 11 verses are sometimes questioned as to their authenticity, but most every Bible will present them and the encounter Jesus had with some Jews who sought to stone a woman taken in the act of adultery. Jesus showed much compassion and forgave the woman while also putting the Jewish leaders to shame. At the end of chapter 8 you will read one of the greatest "I AM's" of Jesus where Jesus' clearly identifies Himself with the Yahweh of the Old Testament.
4/28 2 Samuel 19-22 - David will be restored to his kingdom but still face difficulties from those who would rebel against him. In chapter 21 David will have to deal with the aftereffects of Saul's attempt to kill off the Gibeonites, the people that Joshua had given a treaty of protection back in Joshua 10. David will ultimately have to kill 7 of Saul's descendants to placate the people of Gibeon. In chapter 22 David writes one of his great Psalms, the wording is just about identical to Psalm 18.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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