First United Methodist Church of Conway, South Carolina
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Week 13

Annotated Reading Guide
2 Samuel 15 – 1 Kings 11
March 22: 2 Samuel 15-19 David and Absalom
     Remember Nathan's prophecy against David - "I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this very sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun" (2 Samuel 12:11-12).
     Notice the contrast between Absalom, David’s beloved, but disloyal son, and Ittai, a foreigner who is more loyal than a son.
     When David sends the ark back to Jerusalem, he is entrusting his future to God.
 
March 23:  2 Samuel 20-24 Final Stories, and an Epilogue
     Chapter 20 wraps the stories of David’s activities. Chapters 21-24 appear to be an epilogue to the books of Samuel.
     20:16 A wise woman saves the besieged city of Abel. You might recall the story of another woman in a besieged city whose actions help save her city (Judges 9:50-57).
     24:2 from Dan to Beersheba – Dan was the northern-most city in the kingdom, Beesheba was the southern-most.
     24:10 Although we are given no explanation for why the census was sinful; David clearly understood that he had sinned. It has been suggested that David took the census on his own initiative, he considers the people to be subject to the king rather than God.
 
March 24:  1 Kings 1 The Struggle for David’s Throne
     1:1-4 Abishag’s role as merely “bed-warmer” is an indication that David no longer has the stamina to rule as king.
     1:33 Riding a mule symbolized royalty.
     1:34 The blowing of the trumpet (ram’s horn – shofar) calls the people together for holy assemblies. (You will recall our reading about this in Exodus and Leviticus.)
     1:53 Adonijah supports Solomon as king, for now!
 
March 25:  1 Kings 2-4 Solomon Becomes King
     2:3 Like Joshua and others, Solomon is reminded to obey the laws of God.
     2:13-17 After David’s death, Adonijah’s asks for Abishag, revealing his aspiration to the throne.  Recall Absalom and David’s concubines in Jeruslem.
     2:28 Joab is denied asylum in the “tent of the Lord” because he had committed murder.
     3:1 Solomon married to form treaties with the powers around him.
 
March 26:  1 Kings 5-7 Building the Temple
     5:9 The place you indicate would be the port of Joppa. We will revisit Joppa as we read through the Bible.
     6:1-38 The details of the building and dedication of the Temple reminds us of our reading about the Tabernacle and indicates the sacred nature of this place. Jesus’ “cleansing of the Temple” is a reaction to the later abuses in this very holy place.
     7:1 Although it took 7 years to build the Temple, it took 13 years for Solomon to construct the royal palace. Here is a sign that trouble will follow.
 
March 27:  1 Kings 8-9   Dedication of the Temple, Solomon’s Reign
     8:1-11 The presence of the LORD is seen through the ark of the covenant, and the cloud.
     To this day indicates that this was written before the Temple’s destruction in 587 BC.
 
March 28:  1 Kings 10-11 The End of Solomon’s Reign
     The splendor of Solomon’s reign is known throughout the region. Solomon was able to ensure this time of peace and prosperity by marriages which brought treaties with his potential enemies. Unfortunately, these many wives became Solomon’s undoing as Solomon provided them places to worship their own Gods.