Focal passages: 2 Samuel 1:22-27; 2:1-7
The books 1-2 Samuel narrate the establishment of the kingship in Israel. Samuel transitions the nation into a monarchy by first anointing Saul and later David as Israel’s first kings. Though Saul felt threatened by his successor to the throne, the younger David always respected and honored the Lord’s anointed ruler who came before him.
It isn’t always easy to show respect to the person in charge, especially when they want you dead! Perhaps we don’t agree with decisions made by our boss, pastor or leader in government. Maybe you think you could do a better job.
Without much effort, you can find yourself rejoicing in their shortcomings and failures.
Yet, David tore his clothes in anguish upon hearing that Saul and his son Jonathan had been slain in battle. He also composed a song of lament to give words to a nation in mourning for two of its most praised leaders (2 Samuel 1:19-27). David punished the one who killed Saul and rewarded those who recovered his body.
God would redeem this tragedy as he led David to go up to the place of the Patriarchs, Hebron, to begin his reign as Israel’s king. David prayed to the Lord following the death of Saul, and followed obediently in the way God directed. The coming chapters describe the military success of King David, but in the end even he would sin against God and His people.
When Israel asked Samuel to appoint a man to lead them, they were rejecting God as their king (1 Samuel 8:7). But God’s redemptive plan for Israel could not be stopped.
Genesis 49:10 says, “The scepter will not depart from Judah or the staff from between his feet until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.” This speaks of another rejected king, Jesus, who would come from the line of David and reign in an eternal Kingdom, and receive the highest praise (2 Sam 7:16; Phil 2:9-11).