David becomes God's most faithful king, but then rebels, resulting in the slow destruction of his family and kingdom.
As the Book of 2 Samuel Bible picks up where 1 Samuel left off, the themes of humility and pride continue as David mourns for the loss of Saul and Jonathan. His faithfulness to God ushers in a united Israel that finally defeats the surrounding Philistines and establishes a kingdom in the land.
The rise and fall of David
David captures Jerusalem and claims the city as its capital. Peace is achieved around all of its borders. Instead of hiding in caves, David can finally rest in a cedar palace. And yet, all he thinks about is building a house for his God, so he expresses his desire to do that for Him. Touched by his faith, God makes a covenant with David in return: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, will Himself come from David's house of descendants. And, despite David's failures, God ensures that promise remains even after his death.
A New King
David laments the deaths of Saul and Jonathan. In time, he becomes king of Judah and then of Israel. David captures Jerusalem, making it Israel's capital.
Now in his palace, David desires to build God a house. Instead, God promises David an eternal royal house that will come from his descendants.
David and Bathsheba
When David commits terrible sins, God spares him, but the damage is done: a future of family strife embroiled in politics, rebellion and death begins.
Sin and Consequence
Family strife continues as Amnon rapes Tamar and is murdered by vengeful Absalom, who attempts to usurp David's rule but is violently killed. David grieves.
Despite his failures, David remembers God's goodness in his life. David believes that God will deliver His promised Messiah through his descendants – and He does.