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The Lord Your Healer: 

Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch by Paul J. Bucknell

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Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch

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The Bible Teaching Commentary on Genesis: The Book of Foundations

Commentaries that specialize on training the teacher!

Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God


1 and 2 Samuel Rising of the Kings

Handling Success and Failure

2 Samuel 23-24

The Bible Teaching Commentary

Paul J. Bucknell

2 Samuel 23-24 Success and Failure
2 Samuel 23:1-7 | 23:8- 39 | 2 Samuel 23 Bible Study
2 Samuel 24:1-9 | 24:10-15 | 24:16-25 | 2 Samuel 24 Bible Study
2 Samuel 23-24 Video | Audio Podcast


Purpose: 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.

David’s End, Our Life’s End

These last two chapters give us a final summary of David’s life but in a special and unique way. Through them we are personally reminded of how we are to live our lives before the Lord (before man matters little).

Like the description of these two chapters of David’s life, everyone will end up with two lists at the end of his life: one for their failures and one for their successes.

At a funeral one might hear, “Too bad he drunk so much. He wasted his life.” Or “He really got ahead in life.” David’s success is seen in chapter 23 while his colossal failure in chapter 24. In a similar way an evaluation awaits each of us.

Success and Failure

These final two chapters along with the whole two books of 1 and 2 Samuel remind us to understand God’s purposes for our lives and accomplish them.

These final two chapters, however, also carry a poignant theological insight. David, though loved by God, was not the Israel’s King that would save Israel. These books and especially the last chapter acts as a sharp arrowhead pointing to the need of Jesus the King.

Also check out our video/audio of 2 Samuel 23-24

Check out out Digital Old Testament Library for a huge collection of resources on 1 Samuel and all of the Old Testament!Check out our Digital Old Testament Library for a huge collection of resources on 1 Samuel and all of the Old Testament!

Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted: (C) Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1988

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