Sunday, November 8, 2015

2 Samuel 10

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Samuel 10. 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?)

  • David learns of the death of Nahash, an Ammonite king who had shown kindness to David. In honor of Nahash's death, David sends a group of people to the Ammonites to express his sympathy.
  • The Ammonites are skeptical of this delegation's motives. They assume David's representatives are actually spies attempting to scope out the lay of the Ammonites' land and leadership. The Ammonites proceed to cut off the beards and pants of David's representatives, then assemble an army of more than 30,000 fighters to war against David.
  • David scrambles his Israelite armies and battles against the Ammonites. The Israelites end up defeating the Ammonites and capture their land to take as their own.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • If we love God and live that out, our pure motives (based in love) may sometimes be misunderstood by people who don't understand the radical nature of God's love. In these situations we need to do what is best for God's Kingdom. In David's case this meant standing up for what was right against an army of tens of thousands of people. For us this could mean showing love to someone nobody else loves, or being generous to a person even though others might misunderstand our motives.

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

  • What are you holding back from doing because you're afraid of what others might think? Maybe you need to go out to lunch with the coworker nobody likes. Maybe you need to reconnect with a loved one that has been shunned by most of your family. Ask God to open your eyes to the cause you need to fight for, and to guide you in doing what you need to do to advance that cause.