Notes: August 5, 2008 – 2 Samuel 5 & parallels in 1 Chronicles 11-12

After 7 years as king of the South, David becomes king of the North, too.

  • David was 30 years old when he became king; and he reigned for 40 years, verse 4.
  • Not everyone in the land submitted easily to his reign, verses 6-10.
  • David took more wives and concubines, and fathered more sons and daughters, verse 13. Three wives weren’t enough? Is it any wonder, then, that his son Solomon had so many wives and concubines?
  • When faced with a Philistine invasion, however, David sought God’s guidance, verse 19.
  • The idols of the conquered Philistines were destroyed, not gathered and sold, verse 21.
  • God’s battle plan for a second encounter with the Philistines was for David to wait until he heard the moving of the wind, verse 24. Christians should be waiting for the moving of the Spirit as well.
  • In 2 Chronicles 12 we find a record of the number of men in David’s army. Note that some tribes had many soldiers (40,000) and some tribes had few soldiers (3,000). Remember, Gideon went into battle with only 300 men. Size doesn’t matter; strength from God does.