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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.

David’s Troubles Are Caused By God’s Judgment ( 2 Samuel 12-24)

Again we see the authorship of the Bible reflecting how God operates in the affairs of leaders and people on Earth. See the long-term effects of this one major leadership failure by King David …

  • As a result of the seduction of Bathsheba and murder of her husband Uriah, David and his successor generations will never escape the violent attacks of others upon their leadership. (12.9-12)
  • As a result of the judgment of God upon David’s household, he is forced to endure the rape of his daughter Tamer, and the murder of his son Amnon and the exile of his son Absalom. (13)
  • As a result of the bitter spirit between Absalom and David for murdering Amnon, David is forced to flee from Jerusalem when Absalom commits treason by taking over power and becoming King! (14-17)
  • As a result of the death of Absalom, David is restored a s King of Israel and decides to put his right to vengeance aside and enjoy his return. (18)
  • As a result of a quarrel in the returning celebration, the entire nation rebels under the leadership of a man named Sheba. (19-20)
  • As a result of the deliverance from the rebellion, David grows arrogant and seeks a census of the people so that he can boast of the strength of his armed forces, which angers the Lord. (21-24)
  • As a result of David’s arrogance, he is forced to choose his punishment and 70,000 men die over three days as a result of his leadership mistake. (24)

The Big Idea in this section of the Bible is this: When a leader sins in secret, God disciplines them in public. (2 Samuel 12.12)

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