Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Duration: 23 mins 36 secs
One of the best known, most frequently performed, and strikingly memorable choir anthems is Randall Thompson’s “The Last Words of David”. I am sure many of you have heard it at one time or another and already have “He that ruleth over men must be just” looping in your heads. You’re welcome. Well, we get to the passage that anthem is based on this week for our penultimate (huh?) sermon from 2 Samuel. Not really David’s last words but important, impressive, and inspiring.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
Duration: 31 mins 10 secs
As we move to the close of 2 Samuel we come to the first of two songs or poems. This one is pretty much Psalm 18, some think this version the original and the Psalm later edited a bit for congregational use. It is basically a psalm of praise for God’s rescue and empowerment of the king. Very powerful language to praise a very powerful God.
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
Duration: 20 mins 38 secs
We are moving into the last section of 2 Samuel. Many call it an appendix but we will see that is not correct, at least in any of the usual uses of that term. It begins with a quite ugly little story that actually turns out to be quite fitting for a communion Sunday.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Duration: 25 mins 39 secs
This week we find David returning to Jerusalem but only to yet another rebellion. The issue is quickly settled but we will see that the kingdom is not. More trouble, turmoil, bloodshed, grace, and lessons. You’ll see.
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Those loyal to David have put down the rebellion and, to David’s great grief, killed the rebel leader Absalom. Now the king needs to reunite the nation and there are fears, rivalries, and enduring bitterness to deal with. We saw a number of encounters with interesting individuals as David left Jerusalem, now we see a series of interesting encounters as he returns. We see David very much in charge but acting quite the politician in perhaps the best and worst connotations of that term. David winning the peace, but at what cost?
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
Duration: 30 mins 31 secs
War, death, grief, angry confrontations, the stuff of life. The stuff of the Old Testament where we are finally returning to finish our studies in 2 Samuel. Perhaps a brief review then we pick up where we left off with David out of Jerusalem and being pursued by his rebel son Absalom. We will see the troubled and confused king and the decisive and certain general Joab. Difficult but interesting and instructive stuff.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Duration: 27 mins 25 secs
Well things should be back to normal this week. We continue following David in a chapter that doesn't have a lot directly about David in it. Interesting thing is that it doesn't seem to have a lot about God in it either. Except the author says it does. We'll be trying to figure that one out. Expect more comfort than conclusions though. Also a great week to pray together about Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general. Lots to be thankful for and yet some families precious to us will have empty seats and sad hearts this year. How we need to love and pray for one another!
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 20 secs
This week we continue to follow David out of Jerusalem. Last week he met friends and showed faith in dealing with them. This week he meets enemies and shows faith in dealing with them. A lot to learn. For me anyway, hope for you too.
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
Well we are now getting back to the story of David already in progress. This week we see Absalom attempting, with some success, to steal the kingdom from his father and David retreating. We meet a couple of interesting characters along the way and also seem to finally get back to a more recognizable David, the man of faith. Something to learn from him when he appears down but not out.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 15 secs