The final 4 chapters of Samuel explore the relationship between God's sovereign rule over history and the responsibility of human rulers to administer justice. They also touch on the cost of reconciliation between warring parties.
2 Samuel 13 is one of the most distressing chapters in the Bible as it tells the story of David's son Amnon raping his half sister Tamar. Her brother Absalom tells her to be silent, but her story is recorded in God's Word, to give voice to all who like her have been silenced, and so that we not turn a blind eye to sexual assault, but work to build safe communities. This sermon comes with a content warning.
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Comforter. We explore how God comforts us by the personal presence of Holy Spirit with us.
In this famous episode David falls spectacularly, committing adultery with Bathsheba and then trying to cover up what he has done by orchestrating her husband Uriah's murder. It's what men so often do, use their power for sexual conquest. But as we read 2 Samuel 11, we're also invited to consider the dynamics of temptation and transgression in our own lives.
David's care of Mephibosheth embodies God's character of loving-kindness. He gives a model for care and inclusion of those with disabilities. We catch a glimpse of what the Kingdom of God looks like.
David becomes king, makes Jerusalem his capital and brings the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, but all is not well as he has presumed to treat God how he likes, rather than follow God's word, and at home he faces domestic conflict.