2 Samuel 1
Notes on God's Plan
GOD’S PLAN - 1). A man arrived from Saul’s camp three days after David defeated the Amalekites. (v.2) Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day. This could be a potential foreshadow of that wonderful moment, a prophetic instance showing what would come. Many times in Scripture we see that God reveals part of His plan through circumstances in advance of the actual events. This very well could be one of those moments. 2). The man from Saul’s camp was an Amalekite. (v.8) David had just destroyed the Amalekites, and undoubtedly had negative feelings about them. This man was part of the tribe that kidnapped his family, and now he admitted to killing his king. God was setting David up to take actions on this man and become King himself. Earlier, David had provided shelter for a wandering slave they had found, but he would do no such thing for this foreign messenger representing his enemy. 3). The Amalekite messenger brought Saul’s crown and arm band to David. (v.10) This was probably an act to prove that he wasn’t lying, but we know that God was symbolically giving the kingdom to David. It wasn’t the Amalekite giving the royal articles to David, it was God.
GOD’S PLAN - 1). David inquired of the Lord ‘in the course of time’. (v.1) God gave him the chance to rest after Saul and Jonathan died. He allowed him to mourn and recover from the loss. When we suffer loss, it’s important to have time to recover and regain our focus and composure. 2). God moved David, his family, and his men to Hebron where the people anointed David as king of Judah. (v.1-4) David may have been ignorant of God’s plan, but God had it in mind when He told David to move to Hebron. This was another step in the direction of assuming the role of King for the entire nation. God was putting His plan in place.
GOD’S PLAN - 1). Abner and Joab picked twelve men to begin the fight. (v.15) Jesus picked twelve men to be his disciples. In one case, the twelve men died immediately in tragedy. In the other, twelve men helped to change the world. Twelve men in God’s hands can do great things. 2). Joab lost nineteen men, but they took 360 from Abner and his army. (v.30,31) David’s men did much more damage than they received. They used to be on the run from Saul, but now they put Saul’s men on the run. God was turning the tide and helping David to rise as King.