Week 20

David’s reign has been a mixed bag so far. After escaping from mad King Saul with his honor intact, as king he abandons honor. The story of his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband Uriah will haunt him the rest of his days. Turmoil within David’s family has broken out into civil war, and finally as David grows old, a new chapter begins.

Solomon is not our choice for king. The constant mention of his name reminds us of the murder of Uriah and David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. David continues to write psalms and plan for the future. He hopes his son Solomon can finish what he could not. David prepares everything for Solomon, including plans for the new temple with stockpiles of lumber, gold, quarried stone and fine fabric. When the day comes to build it, the temple will be beautiful. David officially passes the mantle to Solomon before he dies so that there would be no question over who has the right to sit on David’s throne. But no matter how hard we try, we can’t control things after we’re gone! David turns to God in prayer.

I realize that some may find our daily reading schedule a bit confusing. We are hopping around a lot in the Bible right now between Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Psalms. We will continue to do so with Solomon’s writings and the prophets. Keep your reading list handy and trust that all the hopping around will make the story easier to comprehend as we try to take it in the order that it comes.
Keep reading! I’ll see you in the Bible!

WEEK 20 Reading Schedule:
May 14 Psalms 95; 97-99 Psalms of Great Worship!
May 15 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21-22; Psalms 30 David’s Census
May 16 Psalms 108-110 Psalms of Help and Vengeance
May 17 1 Chronicles 23-25 David Orders Temple Duties
May 18 Psalms 131; 138-139; 143-145 Psalms of the Inescapable God
May 19 1 Chronicles 26-29; Psalm 127 Solomon Builds the Temple, Anointed King
May 20 Psalms 111-118 God’s Power over Illness, Poverty, Idols, Enemies