Week 17

The rivalry between Saul and David has ended. Saul chose to resist to the end and is defeated in battle. Saul is dead, as is his son Jonathan. David weeps for them both, and for all Israel. But now it is time for David to claim the throne and protect Israel by pushing back the Philistines once and for all.

David has a tough job laid out for him. He is to be the anointed king of Israel. That means that as king, he must order, defend, and protect the citizens of Israel and uphold the covenant with God. He must unify the rival tribes into one nation under God. As the anointed, he is to represent God before the people and serve according to God’s will. David must walk the strange line between general, judge, politician, public servant, and priest. As general, David is unparalleled. The enemies are defeated and expelled from Israel’s borders. As politician, David gains the support of all the tribes other than Judah, his own tribe that has already anointed him king. He must deal with a violent uprising by the rest of Saul’s family which lets loose typical and depressing intrigue and bloody reprisal which are far too common in royal circles in every age. David unifies the tribes and establishes his capital in the city of Jerusalem. It is with David that this mysterious and historic city becomes the birthplace of faith for the world. We will read the names of his most trusted officials, advisors, and generals that make up his government.
It is also as a priestly king that David shines, putting his royal resources into promoting one of his great loves and talents: music. You will remember that David played the harp to soothe the madness of King Saul. Now he mobilizes companies of singers and musicians to lead in worship at the temple. Remember their names. You will see them listed in the headings of the psalms. The musicians are organized. The priests are set in order and the Ark of the Covenant is brought into the city with passion and joy. David breaks with the pomp and circumstance of royalty and dances like a crazy man in front of the Ark. His wife is embarrassed by this shameful display, but God loves it. God really likes it when we are not ashamed of the things of heaven. God likes it when we love with all our heart, mind soul and strength, regardless of what others might think!

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WEEK 17 Reading Schedule:
Apr. 23 2 Samuel 5:1-10; 1 Chronicles 11-12 David Takes Jerusalem as Capitol
Apr. 24 Psalms 103, 106-107 Psalms: Help in Trouble, Confession of Sins
Apr. 25 2 Samuel 5:11-6:23;1 Chronicles 13-15 Ark Brought to Jerusalem, David’s Dancing
Apr. 26 I Chronicles 16, Psalms 84-85, Psalm 87; 1 Chronicles 6 Ark Placed in Tent, Psalms Celebrating Zion
Apr. 27 Psalms 1-2; 15; 22-24; 47; 68; Psalms 92 Psalms: Wisdom, God and King, Suffering
Apr. 28 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 89 God’s Covenant With David
Apr. 29 Psalms 96; 100; 101; 105; 132 Psalms: Celebration of God, Temple, Godly Life