From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 5/5:

Today King David is still addressing the assembly of Israel – “My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced; and the work is great, because the temple is not for man but for the Lord God.” Then David says that he has prepared for the house of God with all of his might. “Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver.” 

David sets an example before the people as being a humble, giving servant of the Lord before he asks the people, “Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord?” So the leaders of the tribes of Israel step forward to give willingly. And David praises the Lord and says, “O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own. I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You. And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and Your testimonies and Your statutes, to do all these things, and to build the temple for which I have made provision.” 

Although the Lord has told King David that Solomon would be the next king, David’s oldest living son, Adonijah, makes a move to take the throne, believing that he should be the rightful heir – “Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, ‘I will be king’; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. (And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying, ‘Why have you done so?’ He was also very good-looking. His mother had borne him after Absalom.) Then he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they followed and helped Adonijah. But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David were not with Adonijah.”

Once again we see a good looking son of David exalt himself in an attempt to take the kingdom, and once again we see David do nothing to rebuke his son. Also, once again, we see David betrayed by some of his own men. So Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, and Nathan, David’s loyal servant, come to David in his last days and plead for him to take action. David says to Bathsheba, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, just as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ so I certainly will do this day.” 

Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint Solomon as king before the people of Israel. Then Solomon takes his seat on the throne and David says, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has given one to sit on my throne this day, while my eyes see it!” When Adonijah hears that Solomon is now on the throne, he fears for his life and takes refuge at the altar of the Lord. Then Solomon says, “‘If he proves himself a worthy man, not one hair of him shall fall to the earth; but if wickedness is found in him, he shall die.’ So King Solomon sent them to bring him down from the altar. And he came and fell down before King Solomon; and Solomon said to him, ‘Go to your house.’”

Although Adonijah attempted to exalt himself as king, his attempt had no lasting impact. The Lord is the One who exalts, and He has already chosen Solomon as the next king of Israel. 

  • “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). 
  • “Humble yourself before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:10).

Will Adonijah learn to humble himself and prove to be a worthy man? Keep reading to find out. (1 Chronicles 29:1-22, 1 Kings 1:1-53)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 5/4:

King David knows that you have to have order, good leadership, and clear roles and responsibilities to manage anything effectively. David is managing an entire kingdom, and he is laying out plans for the management of the temple. He organizes the gatekeepers the same way he organized the priests and musicians because all roles are important in serving the Lord – “And they cast lots for each gate, the small as well as the great, according to their father’s house.” Once again, we see David trusting the Lord with organizing His people. 

Then David establishes a financial team to oversee the treasuries of the house of the Lord, and he organizes the army. David divides the army into twelve units. “These divisions came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, each division having twenty-four thousand.” 

After David organizes the kingdom and temple work, he gathers the assembly of Israel to pass his leadership over to his son Solomon. In his speech, David reminds the people of five truths from the Lord: 

1) David desired to build a house for the Lord, but God said He was going to build David’s house instead by choosing David to be king over Israel forever through a lasting royal dynasty (2 Samuel 7).

2) God chose Judah, the tribe of King David, to rule, as prophesied by Jacob on his deathbed (Genesis 49:10).

3) The Lord chose Solomon, David’s son, to be the next king. 

4) The Lord chose Solomon to build His house. 

5) God will establish Solomon’s kingdom forever if he obeys the Lord. 

After addressing the assembly, David turns his attention to his son – “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”

Today’s reading ends with David handing the temple plans, supplies, gold and silver, and the furnishings to Solomon for the building of the temple. Then David says Solomon, “the Lord made me understand the writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans”, down to even the temple furnishings. 

But tomorrow Adonijah, David’s oldest living son at this time, assumes he should be the next king. Keep reading to see more of David’s family drama unfold. (1 Chronicles 26:1-28:21)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 5/3:

“So when David was old and full of days, he made his son Solomon king over Israel. And he gathered together all the leaders of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.” David is gathering the leaders to help Solomon build the temple for the Lord and govern the kingdom of Israel.

Then David numbers the Levites for their service to the Lord. The Levites are to look after the work of the house of the Lord, serve as officers and judges rendering justice per the Book of the Law, guard the gate of the temple, and play musical instruments “‘which I made,’ said David, ‘for giving praise.’” Did you notice the inconsistency in the age eligible for the work of the Levites? During the Exodus Era, in Numbers 4, the age assigned to the Levites eligible for work was thirty to fifty years old, specifically for the Kohath clan who had the stressful job of carrying the items within the tabernacle. This job required mature strong men, because if you even touched the holy items you would die. In Numbers 8:24-26, the age was twenty-five to fifty years old for all Levites to do the work within the tabernacle. Today when David numbers the Levites, he originally counts the men thirty and above, but then he lowers the age to twenty. David says, “They shall no longer carry the tabernacle, or any of the articles for its service.” So the new age is lower because they no longer have to transport the tabernacle, and this will also add more hands for the huge job of caring for the temple. 

David divides the Levites into the same three clans the Lord did in the Exodus Era: the Gershonites who cared for the tabernacle coverings, the Kohathites who cared for the holiest of holy items in the tabernacle, and the Merarites who cared for the structural support of the tabernacle (Numbers 3 and 4) – “and Aaron was set apart, he and his sons forever, that he should sanctify the most holy things, to burn incense before the Lord, to minister to Him, and to give the blessing in His name forever.”

David further divides the descendants of Aaron, the priests, into twenty four divisions to serve according to a schedule of their service – “This was the schedule of their service for coming into the house of the Lord according to their ordinance by the hand of Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel had commanded him.” Mentioned in Aaron’s genealogy are his sons Nadab and Abihu who died in the wilderness when they offered profane fire before the Lord (Leviticus 10).

We end the reading with David assigning duties for the musicians. Before now the only organized music for the tabernacle was the blowing of the trumpets described in Numbers 10. Since David, a musician and songwriter, loves music, he takes fellow song writers, Asaph, Jeduthun, and Herman and their sons, and arranges them in twenty four divisions, same as the priests, for handling the music for the temple. Did you notice how David arranged the worship team for their service? “And they cast lots for their duty, the small as well as the great, the teacher with the student.” David trusts the Lord to arrange those to serve, giving all an opportunity from the smallest to the greatest. We will later read how the Lord guided David in organizing the Levites when future king of Judah, Hezekiah, restores the worship of the Lord – “And he stationed the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with stringed instruments, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, of Gad the king’s seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for thus was the commandment of the Lord by His prophets” (2 Chronicles 29:25).

We will read psalms written by David’s lead song writers, as well as more psalms of David. But first, David must complete the prep work for the building of the temple, so keep reading. (1 Chronicles 23:1-25:31)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 5/2:

Today David takes a census of the people of Israel. In 2 Samuel 24 it says that the Lord moved David to take the census, but in 1 Chronicles 21 it says that Satan moved David to take the census:

  • “Again the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say, ‘Go, number Israel and Judah’” (2 Samuel 24:1).
  • “Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel” (2 Chronicles 21:1).  

Taking a census is not wrong, depending on the motive behind numbering the people. If you are taking a census at the direction of the Lord, then it is not a sin. God gave the Israelites instructions regarding a census during the Exodus Era when the Israelites were in the wilderness – “When you take the census of the children of Israel for their number, then every man shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord, when you number them, that there may be no plague among them when you number them” (Exodus 30:12). But if you take a census out of pride and for your own personal glory and not the glory of the Lord, then it is a sin because the people belong to the Lord.

As G. Campbell Morgan said, “When we are moved to number the people, we may rest assured that the impulse is Divine or Satanic, and we may determine which by the motive. If the motive is service, it is God. If the motive is pride, it is Satanic.” Satan uses our own pride and selfish motives to draw us into sin. Later in the story, Jesus’ brother will explain how Satan is the one who tempts us, not the Lord – “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).

The Bible does not say exactly why the Lord is angry at Israel at this time, but the Lord uses this census to bring judgment upon the rebellious Israelites. In the past we have seen the Lord use evil to accomplish His good purposes – remember the book of Job? So the Lord allows David to be tempted by Satan, and David caves into the temptation. When David orders his men to take the census, Joab and the captains of the army try to stop him, but David ignores their warnings. However, after the census, David is convicted of his sin – “And David’s heart condemned him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, ‘I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Lord, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.’”

The Lord sends the prophet Gad to David with three punishments to choose from: 1) seven years of famine, 2) three months of enemy attack, or 3) three days of plague. David responds, “I am in great distress. Please let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” 

Therefore the Lord sends a plague that kills seventy thousand people. And when the angel of the Lord stretches out His hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord says “It is enough; now restrain your hand.” The Lord is merciful, and He is the One who will say enough of the plague. David knows of God’s great mercy, and that is why David chose to be left in the hands of the Lord instead of the hands of man. 

David repents and asks the Lord to spare the people – “Surely I have sinned, and I have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father’s house.” David isn’t perfect, but he does have a heart after the Lord. His heart reflects the heart of the perfect Man to come later in the story, Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd (John 10). 

The plague stops at the threshing floor of Araunah on Mount Moriah, the place where Abraham was willing to offer up his son Isaac, believing that the Lord could raise him from the dead (Genesis 22, Hebrews 11:19). Then Gad instructs David to go there and build an altar to the Lord. When Araunah offers his threshing floor and oxen to David at no cost, David responds, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” This is the same response Abraham had when offered a burial spot for Sarah for free. Abraham insisted on paying the full price (Genesis 23).  Abraham and David know that truly following the Lord always costs us something. Jesus will later teach that in order to follow Him, you must deny yourself, pick up His cross, and forfeit the things of the world (Matthew 16:24). 

David will spend the remainder of his life gathering supplies for the house of the Lord, which his son Solomon will build on the threshing floor of Araunah on Mount Moriah, a thousand years after Abraham’s obedience on this same mountain. We end the reading with David giving godly advice to Solomon – “Now, my son, may the Lord be with you; and may you prosper, and build the house of the Lord your God, as He has said to you. Only may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the Lord charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Soon in the story, the Lord will give Solomon the wisdom his dad is desiring for him. Keep reading to see how Solomon stewards the gifts he receives from the Lord. (2 Samuel 24:1-9, 1 Chronicles 21:1-6, 2 Samuel 24:10-17, 1 Chronicles 21:7-17, 2 Samuel 24:18-25, 1 Chronicles 21:18-22:19)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 5/1:

David sings a song of praise to the Lord for delivering him from all of his enemies – “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” 

But then David says – “The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me; and as for His statutes, I did not depart from them. I was also blameless before Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in His eyes.” 

So how can David claim to be righteous when we know that he is not a perfect, sinless man? It’s because David knows that his righteousness comes from the Lord. David is fully aware that he is a sinner, as he says in Psalm 51 – “Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me… Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

We are all born broken sinners, and the Lord doesn’t take our sins lightly. Actually, our sins are very costly, and God is making a way to cleanse us from our sins. However, it is going to cost Him the life of His only Son, Jesus Christ. Later in the story, Paul will explain how our righteousness is not earned by our acts but rather through faith in Jesus Christ – ”Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:20-26).

There is and will only be one man ever to live who is perfect and sinless, and that man is Jesus Christ. David can declare himself clean and righteous because of his faith in the Lord and his trust in the Lord’s promise to redeem us through the coming Savior. David struggles with sin throughout his entire life just as we do. But because David loves the Lord, he hates his sin and repents of it. David doesn’t put his hope in himself. David’s hope is in the Lord – “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect… You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.”

God holds David by His mighty right hand, and He is gently guiding him through his life journey, which is good news because David stumbles again tomorrow. Keep reading to see how once again, even through his failures, David still trusts the Lord and yearns for closeness to Him beyond anything else this world has to offer. (2 Samuel 22:1-51, Psalm 18)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 4/30:

Today David has three conflicts to settle:

1) Judah escorts David back to Jerusalem, which does not sit well with the other tribes who weren’t included in the escort. Conflict between the tribes begins and will continue throughout the story. Sheba starts a revolt against David, and David sends Amasa, the newly appointed head of army over Joab (2 Samuel 19:13), out to subdue Sheba. Joab, upset with his demotion, shoves his sword in Amasa’s stomach, killing him, while in pursuit of Sheba. Then the men follow Joab to the city of Abel where Sheba is “and they cast up a siege mound against the city.” 

A wise woman cries out to Joab from the city. She reasons with Joab and convinces him not to destroy the city in exchange for Sheba. So Sheba’s head is chopped off by the people of Abel and tossed over the wall, ending the revolt. Joab returns home as the commander of the army once again. However, David will not let Joab’s betrayal and murder go unpunished. As mentioned before, David will give his son Solomon orders regarding judgment on Joab.

2) During the Conquest Era, we discovered that the Gibeonites deceived Joshua into making a covenant with them (Joshua 9). Today we see how serious the Lord is about not breaking a covenant. After three years of a famine, David seeks the Lord. “And the Lord answered, ‘It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.’” This incident is not recorded in the Bible, but we know it happened because the Lord told David that it did. So David asks the Gibeonites how he can make things right with them. The Gibeonites request seven of Saul’s sons to be handed over to them. David gives them seven of Saul’s sons but spares Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, because of the oath he made with Jonathan. (The Mephibosheth that was handed over was another son of Saul’s with his concubine Rizpah.) 

The Gibeonites “hanged them on the hill before the Lord. So they fell, all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.” Rizpah, the mother of two sons who were hanged, sits with the bodies “from the beginning of harvest until the late rains poured on them from heaven. And she did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.” When David hears of the acts of Rizpah, he buries the men with the bones of Saul and Jonathan. “And after that God heeded the prayer for the land.” 

3) The reading ends today with David and his men battling the Philistines. In David’s older age, he grows faint during the battle so his men come to his aid. “Then the men of David swore to him, saying, ‘You shall go out no more with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.’” To David’s men, David is the light of Israel. And through David’s bloodline, we will meet the light of the world, Jesus Christ (John 8:12).  The reading ends with David’s men defeating the Philistine giants. 

Tomorrow David sings a song of praise to the Lord for the victories over his enemies. Keep reading. (2 Samuel 19:31-20:26, Psalm 7, 2 Samuel 21:1-22, 1 Chronicles 20:4-8)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 4/29:

Hushai sends word to David that they need to speedily cross over the Jordan. “So David and all the people who were with him arose and crossed over the Jordan.”

Today we see four consequences as a result of yesterday’s four adversities.

1) “Now when Ahithophel saw that his advice was not followed, he saddled a donkey, and arose and went home to his house, to his city. Then he put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died; and he was buried in his father’s tomb.” As Charles Spurgeon said, “Thousands set their houses in order, but destroy their souls; they look well to their flocks and their herds, but not to their hearts’ best interests… They save their money, but squander their happiness; they are guardians of their estates, but suicides of their souls.”

2) Absalom pursues David, and David sends his men out against him with a clear command to everyone to deal gently with Absalom. “The people of Israel were overthrown there before the servants of David, and a great slaughter of twenty thousand took place there that day.” When Absalom rides out on a mule, the mule goes under a terebinth tree and “his head caught in the terebinth; so he was left hanging between heaven and earth.” Joab disobeys David’s orders and drives three spears through Absalom’s heart. Then ten young men with Joab beat Absalom until he dies. 

The news of Absalom’s death devastates David. Although Abaslom was a vicious traitor, he was still David’s son, and the love of a father outweighs the sins of a child. David is so heartbroken that he says, “if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!” David’s heart reflects the heart of the Lord, who is sending His Son to die on behalf of rebellious mankind. Jesus, who is God Himself, is coming through David’s bloodline to be slaughtered so that we may have life. David can’t take the place of his son in death, but the Lord can take our place as we will see Him do later in the story.

However, David’s mourning puts a huge damper on David’s men’s victory. Joab rebukes David and says that instead of mourning the one who was trying to kill him, he should be honoring the ones who fought for him and Israel. David’s men, who should be celebrating, are now feeling ashamed over the victory. So David heeds the words of Joab and does what is right in spite of his feelings – he takes his public seat among the people. Then David is restored as king, and he makes Amasa commander of his army in place of Joab. 

3) On David’s return to Jerusalem, he runs into the insult slinging Shimei again. Now that David is restored as king, Shimei bows down before him and begs for forgiveness. David spares his life, but this isn’t the last we will hear of Shimei. 

4) When David returns, Saul’s son Mephibosheth comes to meet the king. “And he had not cared for his feet, nor trimmed his mustache, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he returned in peace.” When David asks Mephibosheth why he didn’t go with him, Mephibosheth explains to David that he was deceived by Ziba. Therefore, David tells Mephibosheth to split the land that he took from Mephibosheth and gave to Ziba. “Then Mephibosheth said to the king, ‘Rather, let him take it all, inasmuch as my lord the king has come back in peace to his own house.’” Mephibosheth doesn’t care about the material things, he is just happy that the king is home! 

Tomorrow the Gibeonites show up again. Remember during the Conquest Era when they pretended to be from a far away country and Joshua made a treaty with them? (Joshua 9). Well, the Lord remembers, and tomorrow we discover that someone broke that promise, so keep reading. (2 Samuel 17:15-29, Psalm 3, Psalm 63, 2 Samuel 18:1-19:30)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 4/28:

Today we see King David face four major adversities:

1) David’s son Absalom positions himself as judge in Jerusalem, wins the favor of the people, and proclaims himself as king of Hebron. When David hears of this, he flees with his men and their households. These men have been faithful to David since the time David was living with the Philistines, before all of his success. So David once again becomes a fugitive, out of fear that Absalom will kill them and destroy Jerusalem. “But the king left 10 women, concubines, to keep the house.” And David sends Zadok, the priest, and Abiathar along with their sons back to Jerusalem with the ark of God. 

“So David went up by the Ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered and went barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went up.” When Jesus arrives on the scene, He will make many visits to the Mount of Olives. As a matter of fact, Jesus too will weep on the Mount of Olives just as David is weeping. However, Jesus won’t be weeping over His own sins. He will be weeping over the sins of the people, over our sins. Jesus weeps for those who reject Him and the opportunity for salvation here on earth and for eternity in heaven. Jesus weeps because He is not willing that any should perish – “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). But the day will come when Jesus will return and stand on this very mount, the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4), where He was betrayed and rejected. This time however, Jesus will have His ultimate victory over all His enemies. Therefore today is the day to accept Jesus as your Savior because no one knows the day of His return.

When weeping David climbs up the Mount of Olives, he learns that his friend and counselor, Ahithophel, has also betrayed him by joining ranks with Absalom. So David prays to the Lord that Ahithophel’s counsel would be turned into foolishness. The Lord brings Hushai, a loyal friend, to David while David is worshiping, and David sends Hushai back to overthrow the counsel of Ahithophel. Although our own family members and friends may betray us, the Lord never will. Ultimately David’s fate is in the hand of God.

2) Ziba runs out to David with supplies and tells David that Mephibosheth abandoned David and stayed back to have the kingdom restored to him. This is a complete lie and oh, how that lie must have hurt David. However, David believes the lie and tells Ziba he can have all that was Mephibosheth’s. So Ziba gets what he was after, but the truth will soon be revealed. 

3) While on the run, Shimei, a relative of Saul, comes out cursing David and throwing rocks at him. Shimei is the type of person who is going to kick a man while he is down. David’s friend Abishai, who has had enough of Shimei, asks David if he can take off his head. But David doesn’t take matters into his own hands by killing Shimei, just like David didn’t take matters into his own hands by killing Saul when he had the chance. Instead David says, “Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.”

4) Ahithophel, David’s former counselor and Bathsheba’s grandfather who could still be holding a grudge, advises Absalom to show his position over David by sleeping with his concubines. “So they pitched a tent for Absalom on top of the house, and Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all of Israel.” This is just as the Lord told David would happen after his affair with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah (2 Samuel 12:11-12). 

The reading ends with Hushai overthrowing Ahithophel’s advice to Absalom regarding attacking David and his men. “For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.” Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” We can take great comfort in knowing that our prayers are more powerful than any man’s plans. We see this here with David’s prayer prevailing over Ahithophel’s plan. 

Today we read of much deception, betrayal, and animosity toward the Lord’s appointed king. There is bound to be some major fallout as a result of today’s actions as we will discover tomorrow, so keep reading. (2 Samuel 15:1-17:14)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 4/27:

Today Joab sends messengers to King David to call him out of his palace to the battlefield. After conquering Rabbah, David and all the people return to Jerusalem, where the chaos in King David’s house begins to unfold as Nathan prophesied. David’s son Amnon lusts after his half sister Tamar. So Amnon’s crafty cousin, Jonadab, comes up with an idea for Amnon. He tells Amnon to pretend he is sick and ask his dad, King David, to send Tamar to bring him some food. When Tamar is in his room, Amnon forces himself on her. Tamar says, “No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel… And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel.” Out of desperation, Tamar begs Amnon to ask their father to take her in marriage, but Amnon does not control his lust, and he rapes her.

“Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, ‘Arise, be gone!’” This is clearly not love but lust. Amnon is a man without restraint who acts on his selfish desires without regard for others. So Tamar, who came to care for Amnon, leaves abused and crying in shame, and she goes to live with her brother Absalom.

When King David hears about it, he is angry but does nothing. “So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.” Tamar’s father David could have done something. He could have told Tamar where to take her shame. David himself knew where. He even wrote in Psalm 25:1-3, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you. Don’t let me be put to shame. Don’t let my enemies win the battle over me. Those who put their hope in you will never be put to shame.” We all have shame, and we all have a place we can take our shame for healing and that is to the Lord.

Tamar’s brother Absalom allows his anger toward Amnon to fester for two years, and then he has Amnon killed. Absalom flees to Geshur and after three years, Joab “perceived that the king’s heart was concerned about Absalom.” So Joab uses the method of storytelling to bring David around to welcoming his son back into the kingdom. This is the same method the Lord used to expose David’s sin when he committed adultery and murder. Just as the Lord had Nathan go and tell David a story, Joab asks a wise woman from Tekoa to go to David pretending to be a widow with two sons who fought resulting in one son killing the other. She was to request that the life of her remaining son be spared from a blood avenger. David hears the story and agrees not to allow justice to be served against her son.

Then the woman boldly asks David why he has not reconciled with his own son. She says, “Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.” This is so true! The Lord is making a way to reconcile lost sinners to Him by sending His Son Jesus Christ to live a life we can’t live and die a death that we deserve so that we may be reconciled to the Lord. Anyone who puts their hope and trust in the saving work of Jesus will be saved. David can’t provide ultimate salvation for the widow’s son in the wise woman’s story. We need a better king than King David. We need King Jesus, the Savior, and He is coming later in this story through David’s bloodline.

So Joab’s plan works and David brings Absalom home, but he refuses to see him for two years. However, the people of Israel love Absalom for “there was no one who was praised as much as Absalom for his good looks. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.” Once again we see the Israelites enamored by the external. So while Absalom’s bitterness toward his father grows, the people’s love for Absalom is also growing.

Sadly, the words of the Lord to David after David’s affair with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah, “the sword shall never depart from your house,” (2 Samuel 12:10) are coming true. As of now David’s first son with Bathsheba is dead, David’s son Amnon is dead, David’s daughter Tamar is desolate, and David’s son Absalom was deserted. We end the reading with David reuniting with Absalom. However, Absalom is about to make a move against his dad. Keep reading. (2 Samuel 12:26-31, 1 Chronicles 20:2-3, 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33)

From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 4/26:

During a time when kings go out to battle with their men, David, now comfortable in his mighty position as king, stays back relaxing on his rooftop while Joab leads the men in war. David’s eye catches sight of beautiful bathing Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah, two of David’s mighty men. David has Bathsheba brought to him, sleeps with her, and she becomes pregnant. Now David is making plans to cover up his adultery, which ultimately ends in David having Bathsheba’s husband, the faithful warrior Uriah, killed in battle. Then David sends a message to Joab telling him not to mourn over the death of Uriah, whom David setup to be killed in battle, because these things happen in war. 

However, the Lord isn’t going to let King David get away with adultery and murder. So He sends Nathan to David with a story about a rich man taking a poor man’s only lamb. Since David doesn’t realize that the story is about himself, David gets angry, says kill the rich man, and now is interested in following the book of the law by saying the lamb should be restored fourfold (Exodus 22:1). Nathan points out that the rich man is David and says as punishment there will never be peace in David’s household, which we will see later in the story.

Nathan also tells David that the Lord said He will “raise up adversity against you from your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.” This is exactly what will happen, and that neighbor will be one of David’s sons.

“So David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.’”  

Under the weight of his sin, David repents and cries out to the Lord – “Against You, You only, have I sinned… Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… create in me a new heart… Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous spirit… Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation… You do not delight in burnt offering… The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.” This is what makes David a man after the Lord’s heart – His repentance is out of true love for the Lord and a desire to be in right relationship with Him.

The Lord hears David’s repentant heart and He restores him. After the death of their first son, David and Bathsheba give birth to another son, Solomon, who will grow to become the wisest man ever to live. However, even the wisest man can make poor decisions when it comes to women, as we will see with Solomon. But before we get to the story of Solomon, tomorrow we will read another tragic story when David’s oldest son, Amnon, allows his lust for a woman to overcome him. Keep reading. (1 Chronicles 20:1, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:14, Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 12:15-25, 2 Samuel 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 14:3-7, 1 Chronicles 3:5-9)