2 Samuel 1-2

We made it through 1 Samuel! Over the next few chapters, David’s faithfulness will pay off and we’ll see God fulfill his promise that he will be made a successful king.

There’s a lot of military stuff in these chapters that I don’t connect with at all, but the mention of David’s grieving got me thinking. He finds out Saul and his best friend Jonathon have been killed, and he mourns and fasts all day. David, a powerful man about to be crowned king of Judah, breaks down, sobs and writes a song (gotta love musicians, right?). The Bible sums up mourning that way a lot. They tear their clothes or shave their heads, or do other things that are culturally relevant. I’ll often read in the Bible that so-and-so mourned for a week. Or a month. I don’t think the Bible is implying that we should compartmentalize grief, but instead, showing us that we should make space for it.

Very few times will the Bible mention someone’s death without saying who mourned for them in the verses right after. Have you noticed that?

Acknowledging a loss is important, whether it’s a job, a relationship or a death. Skipping over suffering, especially in death, makes the gospel meaningless. It implies Jesus conquering death was in vain. (Is this too heavy-handed for a Friday morning?)

When we experience a loss, we should carve out time to acknowledge it. Allow ourselves to experience it and invite God in to the process. Some of the most meaningful and greatest God stories I’ve ever heard people tell were written in the face of grief.

When was a time God shaped your relationship with him during sorrow?




3 thoughts on “2 Samuel 1-2

  1. Something that I never noticed until I read 1 Samuel 31 and 2 Samuel 1 back to back (as it was written to be read together) is that there is a discrepancy between how Saul died. In 1 Sam the armor bearer was the only one with Saul in the end of the battle. Saul asked him to ends his life, but he refused. Saul fell on his sword and the Armor bearer did as well, both taking their own life. Then in 2 Samuel a man arrives to David to give him the news of sauls death, but embellishes the story, claiming he was the one to end Sauls life. He probably thought David would reward him for removing the obstacle standing between him and the kingship. However, David was upset and had him killed on the spot.
    I love reading the stories on the Bible as they were intended to be read (letters, chronicles, or along side psalms).
    Also, I’ve never thought about grief and its connection to the gospel. Thanks for pointing that out!

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  2. Kat

    I thought the same thing as Chelsea.

    I was struck at David’s vulnerability in mourning his friendship with Jonathan. He acknowledges how dear of a friend he was to David, which shows a sensitive side of a man, contrasting the societal pressures that exist today for men to not show their emotion, lest it be interpreted as weakness.

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