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Month: May 2022

  • Day 132 – David and Absalom

    Day 132 – David and Absalom

    Thoughts and Reflections In today’s reading, we learn that Jacob, the leader of the army, hires a woman to tell David a parable that convinces him to allow his son, Absalom, to return. Overall, Jacob is loyal to David and it is likely that he sees Absalom as a threat if he remains in exile. […]

  • Day 131 – Hope for the Future

    Day 131 – Hope for the Future

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we learn that David wants to build a house for the Lord, but the Lord says he will build David a house. God told Samuel to anoint David as a king of his people Israel because he was a man after the Lord’s heart. This is a good reminder that God […]

  • Day 130 – Nathan Condemns David

    Day 130 – Nathan Condemns David

    Thoughts and Reflection In today’s reading, we learn that David is a flawed hero. Not only is he a king and leader, but he is a sinner and broken man. David’s sin in the dark needs to be brought into the light for God to save him. God has the ability to save. God needs […]

  • Day 129 – David Commits Adultery

    Day 129 – David Commits Adultery

    Thoughts and Reflection In today’s reading, we learn that David sent Joab and his army into battle while he remained in Jerusalem. In the ancient world, the king would typically lead his soldiers into battle. He would fight for his people. In the past, David did this but now he is sending someone else. This […]

  • Day 128 – The Mighty Men of Valor

    Day 128 – The Mighty Men of Valor

    Thoughts and Reflection Today in our readings we learn that David continues to be good and kind. When the king of the Ammonites dies, David sends ambassadors to offer his condolences to the deceased king’s son. To humiliate the ambassadors of Israel, the new king of the Ammonites shaves half their beards and cuts their […]

  • Day 127 – Kindness for the House of Saul

    Day 127 – Kindness for the House of Saul

    Thoughts and Reflection In today’s readings, David has asked to build a temple for God, but his successor will do this. David wants to know what he can do for the Lord. He also wants to honor the covenant he made with Jonathan. Jonathan’s remaining son, Mephibosheth, should have been David’s enemy. Rather David treats […]

  • Day 126 – David’s Victories

    Day 126 – David’s Victories

    Thoughts and Reflection In today’s reading, we learn that the twelve tribes of Israel were a loose federation. David works to bring the twelve tribes together into a united kingdom. He seeks to do this by conquering the nations around them. There is a reason the stories of Saul and David are repeated in Chronicles. […]

  • Day 125 – Covenant with David

    Day 125 – Covenant with David

    Thoughts and Reflection In today’s reading, David brings the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. The Ark contains the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s staff, and manna. The Ark is being brought on a cart that is drawn by oxen. When the oxen stumble, Uzzah reaches out to steady the Ark with his hand and the […]

  • Day 124 – King David Rules

    Day 124 – King David Rules

    Thoughts and Reflection In today’s reading, we learn that David was anointed king by Samuel at a young age. After years of fighting in Saul’s army, he is now thirty and the king of a united Israel. Once he becomes king, he makes Jerusalem its capital, choosing it as his stronghold. The Philistines are not […]

  • Day 123 – The Death of Ish-Bosheth

    Day 123 – The Death of Ish-Bosheth

    Thoughts and Reflection In today’s reading, we see that David wants to establish a kingdom of justice. He seeks to have mercy on his enemy Ish-bosheth, who has been hailed as the new king. Ish-bosheth is murdered by Rechab and Banal, David does not reward the two men but condemns their evil act. He has […]