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The Ark is Brought to Jerusalem

II Samuel 6:1–6:23
Some days, no matter how carefully we plan and orchestrate events, things have a way of going wrong. This the way it happened with King David when he decided to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the home of Abinadab at Kiriath-jearim, where it had been stored for 20 years (vv … Read more

David Reigns Over All of Israel

II Samuel 5:1–5:25
After the death of Ishbosheth, all of the tribes of Israel sent their leaders to David in Hebron. They made a covenant with him. In a spiritual ceremony they anointed him king over all of Israel. This chapter starts where David becomes king of all Israel and, at the same time, he … Read more

Ishboseth is Murdered

II Samuel 4:1–4:12
When Ishboseth heard that Abner was dead in Hebron he fell into complete despair. Instead of causing him to reassert his own authority over Israel it only increased his instability and brought a sense of panic to the nation (v. 1). Two Benjamite brothers, who were commanders in I … Read more

Joab Murders Abner

II Samuel 3:26–3:39
All this time Joab has not forgotten that Abner had slain his brother. Joab took things into his own hands by having Abner return to Hebron (v. 26). Pretending to whisper something of importance to Abner, Joab took him aside and stabbed him to death. Hebron was one of the c … Read more

Abner Joins Forces With David

II Samuel 3:1–3:25
Israel and Judah had lost sight of God’s plan for them to settle in the land (Gen. 12:7), to drive out the Canaanites (Deut. 7:1-4), and to obey God’s laws (Deut. 8:1). Instead of uniting to accomplish these goals they fought each other (v. 1). More and more people… Read more

The Battle of Gibeon

II Samuel 2:12–2:32
With Israel divided there was constant tension between the north and the south. From the beginning of David’s reign his real rival in the north was not Ishbosheth but Abner. In order to settle the question of royal succession Abner, the general in the north and David’s military l … Read more

Division Between David And Ishbosheth

II Samuel 2:1–2:11
Now that Saul was dead there was a powerful vacuum in the land, particularly in Judah. Saul and three of his sons by his wife Ahinoam were gone. (Saul had two other sons by his concubine Rizpah, 2 Sam. 21:8, 11). David and most people including Israel’s enemies knew that David wo … Read more

The Report of Saul’s Death

II Samuel 1:1–1:16
When Saul died David and his men were still living in Ziklag where he had been hiding from Saul (v. 1). This was a dark day in the history of Israel. War and defeat had come to these people because they were out of the will of God. Three days after Saul’s death an Amalikite arriv … Read more

The Response of Saul’s Death

II Samuel 1:17–1:27
In spite of all that Saul had done in trying to kill David for many years, David did not rejoice when he learned of his death. He had every reason to hate Saul, but he chose not to. Instead, he chose to look at all the good Saul had done and ignore the times when Saul had attacked … Read more

The Warrior’s Resource

Ephesians 6:18–6:24
Prayer is the energy that enables Christians to engage in the battle of life. We can never fight this battle in our own power, no matter how strong we may think we are. Remember that many men greater than we have fallen before us. Paul tells us how to pray in order to defeat Satan … Read more

Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10–6:13
We are to be strong in the Lord because spiritual battles require spiritual strength (v. 10). Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks (v. 11). The word “wrestle” indicates hand to hand battle, not just being a&n … Read more

Stand Protected During Our Daily Battle

Ephesians 6:14–6:17
To “stand” implies urgency and in place (v. 14). The “girdle” holds the other parts of the armor together in the same way that truth is an integrating force of the victorious Christian’s life. The soldier’s “breastplate” protected h … Read more

Training Children to Obey

Ephesians 6:1–6:4
Children are to obey (v. 1) and (Col. 3:20). There ia a difference between between obeying and honoring. To obey means to obey means to do as one is told, to honor means to respect and love. Paul gives three reasons children should oben their parents:1. Because it is the right th … Read more

Living Under Authority

Ephesians 6:5–6:9
Paul is this Ephesian passage is telling servants to be obedient because they are really serving Christ and because doing a good job is the will of God (vv. 5-7). Slaves played a significant part in this society. There were probably over 6 million slaves in the Roman Empire in th … Read more