Reading through the Bible Week 17

This is not meant to be a beating, but rather a tool to give you some help in reading and understanding God’s word. If you miss a day, and can “catch up: by doubling up, then sweet. If you can’t read on certain days, adjust the schedule to fit your life. I think you will find the schedule pretty easy to maintain if you keep just a bit of discipline.

With that said…………….

This week’s reading:

Monday: 1 Samuel 26 – 28
Tuesday: 1 Samuel 29 – 31
Wednesday: 2 Samuel 1 – 3
Thursday: 2 Samuel 4 – 6
Friday: 2 Samuel 7 – 9
Saturday: 2 Samuel 10 – 12
Sunday: 2 Samuel 13 – 15
Monday: 2 Samuel 16 – 18

: 1 Samuel 5 – 8
Samuel 5 picks up with the ark in the hands of the Philistines and the chaos this arrangement causes. Samuel 6 promptly returns the ark to the Israelites (Note: This entire situation should have been a lesson to both the Israelites and Philistines as to the power of God and how He should be followed.) Chapter 7 delivers Israel from their enemies (again). Chapter 8 sees Israel not learning the lesson of chapter 6 and demanding a king; which is ultimately a rejection of their current king, God.
Tuesday: 1 Samuel 9 – 11
These chapters outline the search for and anointing of Saul as king of Israel as well as his first action as Spirit empowered leader. (Note: Saul should have never been seen as the expected king. As a member of the tribe of Benjamin he does not meet the criteria of the King-to-come of Genesis 49 as coming from the tribe of Judah.)
Wednesday: 1 Samuel 12 – 13
Chapter 12 sees Saul firmly planted as King, while 1 Samuel 13 shows the difficulty in battle against the Philistines.
Thursday: 1 Samuel 14 – 16
1 Samuel 14 shows the beginning of the decline of Saul (already) as despite God’s deliverance Saul foolishly commands his men to make their work harder. Chapter 15 continues the slide downward as Saul is unfaithful and the kingdom is promised to another. 1 Samuel 16 shows the successor and right king of Israel, David. (Note: David begins his rule as a type of Christ, a king who is named but not with a consummated kingdom yet. Christ is King and Lord, but does not rule directly, yet.)
Friday: 1 Samuel 17 – 19
Chapter 17 is the famed David & Goliath confrontation. 1 Samuel 18 shows the friendship of David and Saul’s son Jonathan, as well as the hatred and jealousy Saul has for David. Chapter 19 continues the devolving relationship of Saul and David as Saul’s rule continues to decline.
Saturday: 1 Samuel 20 – 22
Chapter 20 shows the covenant of Jonathan and David (Note: Despite modern teachers trying to show the opposite; the relationship b/t David & Jonathan is never presented in the Bible as anything but appropriate and is not a homosexual relationship in any way.) 1 Samuel 21 pictures David on the run from Saul and the protection David receives. Chapter 22 shows the anger and hatred of Saul as he kills his own priests for aiding David.
Sunday: 1 Samuel 23 – 25
These chapters show the righteousness of David as he interacts with Saul and the people around him. He is shown as a true leader and not a rebel.