2 Samuel 22 – 2 Samuel 24
Our reading through the book of 2nd Samuel comes to a rather anti-climatic ending. For all of the joys and struggles that David faced throughout these readings, 2 Samuel seems to dwindle away with out any major to do. Some of that might be intentional. If we look back to when we started 1 Samuel, I made mention that what we know as 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings are each a part of what was once a much longer single composition. Perhaps the best way for us to think of the rather lack luster ending it by turning the page to keep on reading.
One other note to highlight as David takes a census. Did you notice the mention of “Israel” and “Judah”? (2 Samuel 24:1-9) The nation of God’s people is divided, even while under the single rule of King David. This is a key fact to hold on to as we begin reading 1 & 2 Kings . Division is coming and its not going to be pretty. Then of course we have the kings . . . and lets just say their are going to be a lot of dark days ahead.
Our next reading: 1 Kings 1-2