Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 Samuel, Day 2 Readings

The City of David Becomes the Holy City of God  

Today's first reading continues the story of Jerusalem, the city of David, as it also becomes God's holy city.  David, along with 30,000 other people, brought the Ark of the Covenant into this city, with great fanfare and celebration.

Read 2 Samuel 6:1-19  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second selection tells how David dreams of building God a house in the city of Jerusalem.  Interestingly, God replies to David that He never asked for a house.  But God takes David's dream to heart, and David's son and successor, Solomon, will build a Temple in Jerusalem, to house the Ark of the Covenant, the seat of God.  And, however misguided, God accepts the spirit of David's dream and promises blessings to David and his ancestors.

Read 2 Samuel 7:1-29  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Samuel 6-10 today.