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May 19, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 2 Chronicles 32-34
Audio: 2 Chronicles 32-34

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2 Samuel 5 (ESV)

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.”Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. And David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack ‘the lame and the blind,’ who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” And David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built the city all around from the Millo inward. 10 And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.

11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12 And David knew that the Lordhad established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

13 And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14 And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. 19 And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. 21 And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away.

22 And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim.23 And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 24 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 25 And David did as the Lord commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.

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  1. David Inquired of the Lord

    There are two instances in today's chapter where David "inquired of the Lord."

    2 Samuel 5:17 "When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David."

    2 Samuel 5:22 "And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim."

    David knew how important it was to ask God for direction. After all, rushing into battle without God giving people into your hands is life-threatening.

    How interesting that when David took more concubines and wives he didn't inquire of the Lord (especially as it was in direct violation of Deuteronomy 17:17)? Maybe David would have know what God's answer would be?

    In his Study Bible, John MacArthur writes "These marriages reflected David’s involvement in international treaties and alliances that were sealed by the marriage of a king’s daughter to the other participants in the treaty. This cultural institution accounted for some of David’s and many of Solomon’s wives (see 1 Kings 11:1–3). In each case of polygamy in Scripture, the law of God was violated and the consequences were negative, if not disastrous."

    MacArthur, J., Jr. (Ed.). (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed., p. 434). Nashville, TN: Word Pub.

    It's always important for us today to know what the Word of God says so God can lead us to make decisions that are in line with Scripture. When there are questionable matters not directly covered in Scripture, we should seek sound, biblical advise from godly people who know God's Word and have spiritual fruit (instead of charging ahead on our own). 

  2. I've recently noticed myself seeking God's will a whole lot more than I used to. 

    Sometimes, that voice that tells me what I should do in any given situation is one that I wonder about. Is it God's voice directing me, or is it MY voice, trying to reason and justify MY will?  

    I have to be very careful, because it's so easy to talk myself into turning my excuses into "reasons."

    I know that God's voice is the only one that matters, and I feel that He's been guiding me in my recent decisions. I'm so grateful to Him. 


    1. Hi, Brynne – The voice we hear should be God's Word speaking to our situations. We have his revelation in the Bible so the Holy Spirit uses it to direct us, lead us, guide us, convict us and illuminate truth to us. In this way, we are able to discern God's will from self-talk. The more biblically-saturated we become, the more our self-talk will be God's Word on our lips (and in our minds). 

      Since we do not hear an audible voice from God, when we are dealing with an issue that is not directly covered in Scripture, we may need to seek godly counsel from people who may know more from God's Word and are more spiritually mature and therefore better able to discern God's will (or at least point to principles to assist in prayer and decision-making.

      I think it's important we don't rely on ourselves when it comes to serious matters because as you alluded to, it's sometimes hard to shut off self-talk so we can "hear" God's still, small voice.

  3. That's very helpful, Scott, thank you!

    You gave no idea how grateful I am that you & Michelle are so accessible for guidance. I love learning from you both, and I know that God brought me back to you both because He knew how I needed people who have "been there!" 

    1. We are blessed that you are with us – and have such a desire to grow in your knowledge of God's Word. This will have a direct impact on you becoming more like Christ!

      And yes, we HAVE been there but so grateful to not BE there! 🙂

  4. The writer makes it clear that David prayed and asked God whether or not he should go to war with the Philistines. It doesn’t say the same about the conflict with the Jebusites. While that doesn’t mean David didn’t ask for God’s direction in that case, it’s just interesting the text is specific when it comes to the Philistines. I wonder if they were more of a threat somehow? More fearsome? (We do know Goliath was a Philistine!)

    David’s faith in God was shown in his courage, which wasn’t reckless and foolish, but prayerful. His faith gave him confidence no matter how large or well-prepared the enemy was. 

    About fear of his enemies, David wrote in Psalm 27:

    “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

    But David’s heart wasn’t focused on himself or his courage and confidence!  

    The rest of that psalm reflects David’s desire above all else for God to be exalted and glorified. I believe that’s why he prayed! War with the Philistines (or anyone else) wasn’t about David at all, and certainly not about his own fame, but about showing the Philistines and all of David’s enemies that God alone was due all glory, honor and praise!

    When we are facing a difficult situation, is God’s glory the focus of our prayers? Or do we put our desires for a favorable-to-us outcome ahead of His glory? How might our prayers for ourselves and others change if God’s glory was what we desired above all? 

    1. Great comment, Michelle and important things to consider when we pray!

      If we pray for God's glory, then it's His will not ours that should ultimately be our aim.

      Luke 22:41-42 "And he [Jesus] withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

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