Week 13

March 26- April 1

Courtesy of the Bible Project

This week we finish 1 Samuel and dive into 2 Samuel 1-18!

This week we finish 1 Samuel and dive into 2 Samuel 1-18!
Hey reading community,

You're probably beginning to see connections between Hannah’s prayer (1 Samuel 2) and the character traits embodied in Saul and David. Saul lacks integrity and is dishonest, prideful, and incapable of escaping his own self-deception. As promised in her prayer, God brings low the prideful (Saul’s progressive downfall) and exalts the lowly and faithful (David’s rise to king).

David is a shepherd. He is small in stature and status but righteous because of his radical trust in Yahweh. David becomes the anointed king of Israel (1 Samuel 16), but he suffers and is persecuted by Saul. During this same time, Saul’s jealousy and madness grows, and in the first few days of this week's reading, you’ll see it culminate in Saul's grisly demise. This is again contrasted with David’s final enthronement and major moral and social progress in the kingdom of Israel.

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Day 85

1 SAMUEL 25-27, PSALM 85. (NO VIDEO)

Day 86

1 SAMUEL 28-31, PSALM 86 (NO VIDEO)

Day 87

2 SAMUEL 1-3, PSALM 87 (2 Samuel)

Day 88

2 Samuel 4-8, PSALM 88 (NO VIDEO)

Day 89

2 SAMUEL 9-12, PSALM 89 (NO VIDEO)

Day 90

1 SAMUEL 13-15. PSALM 90 (NO VIDEO)

Day 91

1 SAMUEL 16-18. PSALM 91 (NO VIDEO)

Summary

After witnessing the end of Saul’s reign, this week you'll see King David finally enthroned as the first king of a truly unified Israel. The kingdom of Israel is strengthened around its new political and spiritual center, the city of Jerusalem, which he calls Zion.

You’ll also see one of the most important stories in the entire Bible, the establishment of the covenant between God and King David (2 Samuel 7). However, as you are riding high from the first half of this book, you’ll see a devastating turn for Israel's king. David gives into temptation, which leads to adultery, murder, and the destruction of his own family.

This week, we will end our reading with a series of poetic reflections written by David on the whole storyline of Samuel. We will also be introduced to David's son and the new king of Israel, Solomon.

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