Bible Time Period: Royal Kingdom
You established a kingdom on your servant David and promised him an eternal throne: Establish your kingdom in our midst.
The reign of Israel’s greatest king, the one who was called “a man after [God’s] own heart” in 1 Sam 13:14, comes to an end at the close of 2 Samuel. The final incident recorded in chapter 24 provides a final example of David’s heart before God. It appears that he ordered the census out of pride in his own might. His reaction during the ensuing punishment reveals a great deal about his character and about God.
You may be aware that many of the Psalms are attributed to David. 2 Samuel 22 is a great song of praise by David that also is recorded in Psalm 18. In it, David magnifies God for His steadfast love toward the anointed king of Israel.
Read David’s “last words” in 23:1-7. What is the main point of this oracle?
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