David's Family GrowsI knew Solomon had a weakness for women and had many wives, but I never realized David had so many. Nor did I know David had so many sons! II Samuel 3:2-5 lists 7 wives and sons. Then over in II Samuel 5:13-16 after he became king, he took more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem and had 11 children "born unto him in Jerusalem."
Recab and BaanahDo you know what Recab and Baanah did? These are two I didn't know anything about until I read II Samuel 4:5-12.
They came into the middle of the house, Recab and Baanah came as if they were going to get some wheat. Ish-Bosheth [son of Saul] was lying on his bed in his bedroom. Recab and Baanah stabbed him in the stomach. Then they cut off his head and took it with them. They traveled all night through the Jordan valley. (II Samuel 4:6-7)They took the head to David in Hebron, thinking he would be pleased with them but he wasn't. He had no desire to hurt any of Saul's family and Recab and Baanah were both put to death for doing this.
Ask For Directions FirstSomething that really stood out to me this week is the fact that David prayed asking God if he should do things before he acted. I thought, what a wonderful habit to get into! In II Samuel 2:1-7 after he became king, he prayed to the Lord asking if he should go up to any cities of Judah. The Lord told him to go and he asked where. Then the Lord answered him and said to go to Hebron.
In II Samuel 5:18, David asked God first if he should attack the Philistines and if God would deliver them to him. Again, God said yes.
This shows that David was not arrogant like Saul, but trusted in God. In Psalm 20:7 he wrote:
Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the Lord our God.
Joab v. AbnerAnother section I found interesting was how David made an agreement not to harm Abner (commander of Saul's army) when Abner transferred his loyalty to David. This did not set well with Joab (commander of David's army) because Abner had killed one of Joab's brothers in battle. When Joab found out, he got Abner alone and stabbed him to death. David was very upset about this! (I Samuel 3:22-39)
I highly recommend this study. Remind you, these are just highlights from last week! Share a scripture highlight you came across last week in a comment, or feel free to comment on this post.