2 Samuel: David under the curse? (continued)

2 Samuel: David under the curse? (continued)

By the middle of 2 Samuel the reign of King David appears to have reached its height of success with Israel’s enemies defeated and a major empire established. From that point on, however, this starts to unravel as David’s adultery with Bathsheba initiates a series of events which bring more and more disaster upon his kingdom. During this series we will conclude our study of 2 Samuel by looking at the rebellion of David’s son Absalom and the further misfortunes that befell Israel during the reign of her greatest king. As we study these stories, we’ll seek to understand more of the way in which, with all their bloodshed, folly and treachery, the events they record nonetheless formed part of building for the arrival for ‘Great David’s greater son’ in Jesus Christ.

4 January Absalom returns… and rebels 2 Samuel 14 – 15:12 Luke Wickings
11 January David flees from Absalom 2 Samuel 15:13 – 16:14 Stephen Kuhrt
18 January Hushai and Ahithophel advise Absalom 2 Samuel 16:15 – 17:28 Carolyn Lucas
25 January The defeat and death of Absalom 2 Samuel 18 Anita Ferrero
1 February David’s return and more rebellion 2 Samuel 19-20 Carolyn Lucas
8 February Revenge and yet more war 2 Samuel 21 Luke Wickings
15 February David’s Song of Praise 2 Kings 22 Katy Loffman
22 February Last Words, Mighty Men, a Census and an Altar 2 Kings 23-24 Stephen Kuhrt