The Story of David

The David Saga, Episode 13 – The King is Dead, Long Live the King

For this week, please read 1 Kings 1-2. In our final episode, David dies peacefully in his bed and Solomon violently ascends the throne.   LAST WEEK: In episode 12, we saw King David put down Sheba’s Rebellion. We had a flashback to the massacre of Saul’s remaining sons to quell God’s anger against the land resulting …

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The David Saga, Episode 12 – Rebellion and Flashbacks

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 20-24. In our episode this week, David crushes another rebellion and there are flashbacks to David’s war with the Philistines and the destruction of Saul’s family.  LAST WEEK: In episode 11, we have the conclusion to Absalom’s Rebellion. Absalom takes the advice of David’s spy Hushai and delays his …

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The David Saga, Episode 11 – Absalom’s Defeat

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 17:15-19:43. In our episode this week, Absalom’s Rebellion is put down and David is reconciled to those who fought against him.  LAST WEEK: In episode 10, Absalom openly rebels against his father, King David. He is anointed king in Hebron (as David had been decades prior), and Ahithophel, David’s …

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The David Saga, Episode 10 – Absalom’s Rebellion

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 15:1-17:14. This week is part two of three of the story of Absalom’s Rebellion. LAST WEEK: In episode 9 (which takes place over a period of eleven years), we saw the causes of Absalom’s Rebellion and how Absalom laid the foundation for his Rebellion. His rebellion begins with the …

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The David Saga, Episode 9 – Absalom and Tamar

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 13:1-15:6. This is the beginning of the story of Absalom’s Rebellion where we will spend the next three weeks. The story itself takes place over a period of eleven years. (Absalom’s great virtue is patience.) It is a story of incestuous rape, fraternal murder, and filial rebellion. We will …

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The David Saga, Episode 8 – Bathsheba

For this week please read 2 Samuel 11-12. This week’s episode gives us the story of Bathsheba, David, and Nathan. Tradition holds that the episode ends with David’s composition of Psalm 51 (the penitential psalm we recite on Ash Wednesday.) The next two weeks of David’s story will be about rape, murder, and rebellion. LAST WEEK: In Episode 7 we saw …

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The David Saga, Episode 6 – The War of Saul’s Succession.

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 1-4. This week’s episode is the story of the War of Saul’s Succession. LAST WEEK: In Episode 5 last week, David fled Saul into Philistine territory and became a vassal of the Philistine king Achish of Gath (Goliath’s hometown). David was given the town of Ziklag by the Philistine …

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The David Saga, Episode 5 – Saul’s Death

For this week please read 1 Samuel 27-31. This week’s episode is one of treachery, death, and ultimately redemption. LAST WEEK: Last Week’s episode begins with David’s massacre of the Philistines during the siege of Keilah. Only after the battle does Saul arrive in the town. Saul’s purpose was not to help the town against the Philistines …

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