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This audio podcast on 2 Samuel 23-24, Handling Success and Failure, shows the importance of seeking success and avoiding failure. At the end of David's life, these two chapters highlight the nature of true success and give us great incentive to keep from temptation which leads to failure. Deep insight into how the disastrous census fit into God's overal redemption plan are also included.
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David’s Great Success (2 Samuel 23:1-25)
Did you ever feel successful?
(1) David’s acclaim (2 Samuel 23:1)
(2) David’s words of hope (2 Samuel 23:2-7)
David’s Great Failure (2 Samuel 24:1-25)
Did youever fail God and others? How did you handle it? How would you handle it if it occurred?
(1) Taking a Census (2 Samuel 24:1-9)
(2) The Fear of God ( 2 Samuel 24:10-15)
(3) God’s Mercy (2 Samuel 24:16-25)
Summary of 1 & 2 Samuel
Israel has matured since the beginning of 1 Samuel. The people rejected the Lord as king and wanted their own king. Saul and David were not real solutions, however! God was so patient with His people.
David did not qualify to be that great King to lead the people. His decisions brought death. David’s little altar abated this one swing of God’s scythe of wrath, but would it be sufficient to hold back God’s mighty wrath toward the nations? Indeed not. They hoped for a Savior in the Messiah.
Reflection: Share one warning and encouragement you gained from your study of Samuel