The Chaos of 2 Samuel

I can still remember the first time I read through the book of 2 Samuel as a new believer. I remember being blown away that this stuff was in the bible. Just taking a high-level look at the craziness across the chapters reveals:

  • Ch1 – execution
  • Ch 3 – murder
  • Ch 4 – murder, then retribution
  • Ch 6 – sudden, unexplainable death
  • Ch 11 – Lust, adultery, cover-up, conspiracy
  • Ch 13 – Lust, rape, murder
  • Ch 14 – deceit
  • Ch 15 – conspiracy
  • Ch 16 – a little indecent exposure or exhibitionism, if you will
  • Ch18 – brutal death
  • Ch20 – murder
  • Ch 21 – lynching

Real good bed time story reading for the kiddos. Intentionally and thankfully omitted from most children’s Bibles.

The past two weeks, I’ve been teaching through 2 Samuel in our Wednesday night class and what has blown me away is the sheer level of chaos in Israel during this time frame, and David’s resilience and his ability to rely and trust in the Lord.

If you think back to his humble beginnings (the little, scrawny, ruddy, shepherd boy), it is amazing to think that this guy came to become king of Israel and further that he was able to hold it all together in the turbulence of chaos. Granted – he was not perfect (read 2 Samuel 11-12, if you don’t believe me…..but be sure to stop and read Psalm 51 when you hit 2 Samuel 12:13), but he relied on the Lord:

“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? This God is my strong refuge and has made my way blameless.”

–2 Samuel 22:31-33 (ESV

Below is a scan of something I sketched out in my journal (for you moleskine junkies out there, I roll with the squared notebook) and transferred to the white-board in our Wednesday session. I’ve found it helpful in keeping all of the names of the individuals in 2 Samuel straight. There are a lot of people involved in this chaotic mess and so diagramming it out helps to understand who’s who.  You can get a PDF of the diagram by clicking on the image below.




~ by toddbumgarner on April 25, 2008 5:10 pm.

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