2 Samuel 11:4

“So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house.” (2 Samuel 11:4, ESV). It is interesting to…

2 Samuel 11:7

Brueggemann notes the threefold use of ‘shalom‘ in this verse which seems to me to reveal the discord and alienation that is going on in David’s inner being. David is feigning interest in everyone else’s ‘shalom’ (well-being, peace) while he…

Feasting on 2 Samuel 11

“But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD” (2 Samuel 11:27) Last post I had some criticism of a devotional commentary on 2 Samuel 11. John Woodhouse has a long, detailed analysis of this chapter and, by the…

2 Samuel – My Top Five

My Top 5 2 Samuel Commentaries: Like most preachers (I presume), I read commentaries in order to better understand the passage that I’m preaching upon. Of course, it is vital to study the passage oneself – working through the text…

Preaching 2 Samuel 11

Preaching on 2 Samuel 11-12. David and Bathsheba. The current passage of study is 2 Samuel 11. Now when it comes to the story of David in the books of Samuel this is one that everyone is familiar with. I’ve…

Marching in Spring?

“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle…” (2 Samuel 11:1, ESV). The opening of 2 Samuel 11 looks simple enough in most English translations, but a closer look at the Hebrew reveals some…

The Archbishop-elected!

On this date, 6th May, one year ago I was sitting in the final gathering of our Sydney Anglican Election Synod as our Archbishop-elect, Kanishka Raffel, shared these words of the apostle Paul from 1 Corinthians 3:5-9:  “What then is…