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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 …
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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), …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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The David Saga, Episode 7 – Jerusalem

For this week, please read 2 Samuel 5-10. This week’s episode is the apex of David reign. For the only time in our story, David is secure from all his enemies – foreign, domestic, and, more importantly, even himself. Our story today focuses on Jerusalem and gives to us one of the …
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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 …
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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 …
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The David Saga, Episode 4 – David the Outlaw

For week 4 of the Story of David, please read 1 Samuel 23-26. This week’s story is about David’s life as an outlaw and fugitive from Saul. LAST WEEK: In Episode 3 last week, we saw how Saul sought David’s life on numerous occasions. Saul rightly sees David as the primary threat to …
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The David Saga, Episode 3 – Saul’s Jealousy

For week 3 of the Story of David, please read 1 Samuel 18-22. This week’s story is about Saul’s murderous jealous rage towards David which culminates in the massacre of the priestly village of Nob. Last Week In Episode 2 last week, David comes on the scene with his singular victory over the Philistine …
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The David Saga, Episode 2 – Goliath

This week is Episode 2 of the David Saga. Please read 1 Samuel 17 where David encounters and slays Goliath of Gath. Last Week Last week’s episode opens with Samuel informing King Saul that God has withdrawn his favor from King Saul. Under the pretense of offering a sacrifice, and unknown to Saul, Samuel …
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The David Saga, Episode 1 – Shepherd Boy and Musician

Most of us know the basic bible stories of David – his anointing by Samuel, his conquest of Jerusalem, and his indiscretions with Bathsheba. Throughout this season, we will be looking at these narratives and more. The story of David is the original Game of Thrones filled with passion, rebellion, fraternizing …
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