II Samuel 14-19: Absalom’s rise and fall.

May 19, 2015. Daily Reading: II Samuel 14-19. Background: II Samuel 10-13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 Absalom’s return to Jerusalem: At the end of the last chapter, we find that Absalom fled to Geshur after he had killed Amnon his brother on account of his sister who was raped by Amnon. At first, David…

Psalm 54-56: Trusting in the Lord in desperate situations.

May 13, 2014. Daily Reading: Psalm 54-56. Background: Psalm 51-53. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 54 Praying for deliverance: This psalm was written by David when he was fleeing from King Saul, who was trying to kill him out of jealousy. It specifically comes at a time when the Ziphites, in whose land David was dwelling to…

II Samuel 10-13: Problems in the house of David.

May 12,  2015. Daily Reading: II Samuel 10-13. Background: II Samuel 5-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 Think twice before you shame someone: In this chapter, we read about an interesting story in which an act of kindness spirals into all out war. The king of the Ammonites has died and David sent messengers to…

Amnon and Tamar: 6 lessons from an instance of rape.

November 20, 2014. I was talking with a good friend today about stories in the Old Testament that are less popular but could have some applications to our lives and I thought about the story of Amnon and Tamar, half-brother/sister by their father, King David. When asked about what this has to do with our…