We have made it to the tenth book of the Bible! Congratulations! The book of 2 Samuel picks up where 1 Samuel left off, and really begins to expound on the rule and life of David. The book has 24 chapter, and is historical in nature.
David really is the theme of the book, and we could divide his reign into three sections:
The book covers roughly 40 years of time, from the death of Saul to near the death of David. Many people believe that either Ezra or Jeremiah compiled the book together.
The Key verse of the book is 2 Samuel 5:12 – “And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.”
It is in this book that we receive the Davidic Covenant, and see Israel prosper like never before. David’s actions would largely setup the amazing period of prosperity and peace for his son, Solomon.
The book of 2 Samuel helps us see the mercy and faithfulness of God like never before. Even when David had failure, we find faithfulness and mercy from God toward David and Israel. God always came good on His promises, even when David failed.
Enjoy this book that is full of action, scandal, and a great character study in the life of David. A great companion read to this book is “A Tale of Three Kings” by Gene Edwards, I highly recommend it.