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First and Second Samuel repeatedly show the contrast between David and those around him. Many times, but not always, David fares better in these comparisons. As readers, we always learn from these personality contrasts.
David’s battle with Goliath reveals his utter dependence on God. Goliath’s pride and boasting paper over hidden weaknesses that lead to his downfall.
In the conflict between David and Saul we see the contrast between a man who loves God with his whole heart and another who loves God halfheartedly at best. David honors God by refusing to kill Saul while Saul relentlessly pursues David to eliminate him. Even while on the run, David never fails to consult with God before he makes a decision. Saul loses his ability to communicate with God because of his disobedience, and in the end resorts to seeking a medium.
The encounter with Abigail shows us that wisdom wins out over emotion. David was ready to take matters into his own hands and seek vengeance, but Abigail left room for God to act. As a result both David and Abigail were blessed.
After David becomes king his general, Joab, takes on the role of avenger while David seeks peace. David descends into adultery and murder after success and idleness overtake him. In contrast, Uriah, the husband of his illicit lover, remains loyal, righteous, and devoted to his king.
Finally, the relationship between David and his son, Absalom, show us the sad workings of a dysfunctional family. David’s lack of discipline and aloofness alienate his son, and Absalom’s scheming leads to open rebellion that threatens to end David’s life and rule. At the center we still find David, the chief subject in both First and Second Samuel, and the one who teaches us the most through both his virtues and his failings.
About this blog
During 2020 I plan to post weekly writings covering the material you would read during each week as you proceed from Genesis to Revelation in one year. And so for this week I have covered I Samuel 21 – II Samuel 15. Next week I will write about II Samuel 16 – I Kings 9. I hope you will continue along with me. You can find daily posts about these chapters archived here on the Bible in a Year blog. For your convenience here are the previous posts covering I Samuel 21 – II Samuel 15.
Hearing from God: I Samuel 28-31
Honesty and treachery: 2 Samuel 1-3
With his whole heart: 2 Samuel 6-7
The danger of success: 2 Samuel 11-12