Sunday, November 1, 2015

2 Samuel 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Samuel 8. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Part of God's promise to David was that the Israelites' enemies would be defeated and would no longer oppress them.  This chapter lists several enemies that God helped David defeat.  
  • David dedicated all the plunder (silver, gold, bronze) he had obtained in battle to God.  
  • The chapter ends by listing David's officials.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • There are two significant sayings in the chapter: David did "what was just and right for all his people" and "The Lord gave David victory wherever he went."  It's safe to say those two things go hand in hand.  Because David did what was just and right, God gladly gave him victory wherever he went.  Is it any wonder that almost everyone trusted and followed David?  

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Strive to do what is right.  Be fair in the way you treat others.  Both God and others will be able to trust you and respect your convictions.  Who in your life currently do you need to begin treating differently?