Tag Archive: 2 Samuel

Nov 18

Christ the King / Reign of Christ Sunday (Year B)

2 Samuel 23:1-7 How would you describe God?  What images would you use to describe the Holy One?  Invite the congregation to share their descriptions of God – perhaps writing them on a large sheet of craft paper or a chalkboard or dry-erase board. You may want to illustrate your reading of this passage by …

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Aug 06

11th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 19B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 Not everyone is going to be familiar with the full context of this particular narrative.  So, if you are going to preach from this text, you will probably want to summarize the story a bit (perhaps giving a brief overview of the previous chapters, speaking about the conflict between David …

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Jul 30

10th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 18B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Continuing the narrative that we’ve been exploring for the last few weeks, we get to read about Nathan’s (and God’s) thoughts regarding David’s indiscretions.  To put it simply: God isn’t happy. Nathan brings David to the point of confession through the use of a parable.  Are there stories/scriptures that “read us” as …

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Jul 22

9th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 17B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 11:1-15 David may be one of the biggest heroes of the entire Hebrew Testament, but he isn’t a saint.  David it, perhaps, a perfect example of what happens when we think that since we were “chosen” by God that we have special privileges.  The David we meet in this passage isn’t where he’s …

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Jul 18

8th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 16B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 7:1-14a David means well, but he’s pretty clueless.  He’s feeling comfortable and safe, and he gets the brainy idea that the ark of God needs a fancier place to stay.  So, David tells Nathan the prophet that he wants to build a house for God.  God’s take on this idea: “Thanks, but no …

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Jul 09

7th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 15B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 The ark of God – the Ark of the Covenant – is where God “sits”.  This is God’s throne.  It represents the very real presence of the Holy One. While the RCL suggests that we skip over verses 6-11, I think that we miss a lot when we pass over those …

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Jul 02

6th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 14B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 David had served the people before, so they recognized his gifts of leadership.  How do we recognize the gifts of leadership in people – especially young people – today?  Remember, David was 30 years old when he was anointed as king — but he had been leading the people for a …

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Jun 19

5th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 13B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 I know that this will come as a “shock” to my faithful readers, but… I really like the Common English Bible version of this text. If you are interested in learning more about the original Hebrew that is used in this passage, you will want to check out the Blue Letter …

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Dec 01

4th Sunday of Advent (Year B)

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 How often do we assume that we know what it is that God wants?  A very well-meaning King David gets settled in his house, looks around and says, “Ya know, I bet God probably wants a house, too.”  But, God has a different vision.  God intends to make a house for …

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