Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 5:11-25. Hiram, the king of Tyre, sent messengers, carpenters, and masons to David. They brought cedar trees with them and built a house for David.
By this David perceived that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of the people of Israel. David’s celebration didn’t last long once the Philistines heard that he had been anointed king.
David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem and bore more sons and daughters. These are the names of the children that David fathered in Jerusalem; Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphalet.
When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel they came looking for David. When David heard that they were searching for him he went down to the fort. The Philistines gathered together in the valley of Rephaim as well.
David asked the LORD if he should go up to the Philistines and if he did go would He deliver them into his hands. The LORD confirmed to David that he should go and He would deliver the Philistines into his hands.
David went to Baalperazim, and David smote them there. He said, “The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters.” So he called that place Baalperazim. The Philistines left their images there, and David and his men burned them.
The Philistines came a second time to the valley of Rephaim. David inquired of the LORD again if he should go up and fight the Philistines. This time the LORD told him to get a compass and come up behind them by the mulberry trees.
The LORD told David when he heard the wind blowing the top of the mulberry trees then He would go before them to smite the Philistines.
David did as the LORD commanded him and they smote the Philistines from Geba to Gazer.
David didn’t enter this battle blindly; he prayed and asked the LORD what He should do. He didn’t want to face the enemy without having the LORD on his side. How many times do we try to face the enemy and the trials of this life on our own? We would be much better off if we would inquire of the LORD before we faced the battles in our lives.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 5:11-25
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.
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.
13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.
14 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.
17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.
18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
20 And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.
21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.
22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
23 And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.
25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.
Things to think about:
- Who did God use to build the house of David in Jerusalem?
- How many more children of David are listed in this passage of Scripture?
- What did the Philistines do when they heard David was king of Israel?
- How were David and his men able to conquer the Philistines in this battle?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that David prayed to You for Your advice and guidance before he faced the enemy. Help us to do as David did and come to You with the troubles we face in this life. Help us not to go blindly before the enemy, but always make sure we have Your blessings and You on our side. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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