Book 10; II Samuel
Career experts frequently tell us to follow our passion, but sometimes that’s the surest way to fail. Our passions can get us into a lot of trouble. It’s much better to follow God’s guidance every step of the way. That’s the lesson of the book of 2 Samuel, which is the story of David as king of Israel.
This book begins with David’s ascension to the throne. It goes on to describe his royal accomplishments and moral failures. At the end of the book we have his final words ad deeds. David was a shepherd who became a ruler of God’s people. His reign was a monarchy under a theocratic umbrella, one that established a line of kings culminating in the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. One of the themes of this book is the Davidic Covenant, which guarantees perpetual nature o David’s Dynasty leading to the Messiah, the Anointed King to come. Woven into the story is the theme of grace. Despite David’s failures, God forgave him, continued the covenant, and worked it all for good because David was a man after God’s own hart.
II Samuel is a prolonged warning about the subtle nature of our passions. Every day presents a new temptations and dangers, as David encountered with Bathsheba. WE need God’s abiding wisdom, protection, and companionship. As we acknowledge His kingship over our lives, we have the promise that His hand will uphold us and the He will guide us every step along the way.
We must follow God’s guidance rather than our own passions, at every step.
“You are God, and Your words are true, and Your have promised goodness to Your Servant. Now therefore let it pleas You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever.
(II Samuel 7:28-29)
Acknowledge God’s kinship in very area of life.
Lord, I praise You because You reign! You are the Rock of my salvation.
Excerpted From: Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible; by David Jeremiah.
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