What does it say?

Our chronological schedule puts us following the development of the Hebrew monarchy once again in parallel passages we have not yet read. 2Samuel 5 follows five years after David ascends the throne, yet only reigns over the tribe of Judah. Here, after seven and a half years over Judah, David unites all Israel for the next 33 years, 40 on throne in total. This chapter also describes how the Jebusite military fortress of Zion becomes Jerusalem, the city of David, and how the Philistines resolve to attack.

1Chr 11-12 covers the same time with more details of how the kingdom became united under David and Jerusalem becomes the capital. These chapters also describe the growing government and military under David.

What does it mean?

2Sam 5 describes how David and his men took what had been an enemy stronghold and made it their capital. In much the same way, we can avail ourselves of God’s grace to capture the enemy strongholds in our life and convert them into strengths.

The story of how the Jebusite fortress of Zion becomes Jerusalem in 1Chr 12:4-9 and compare it to the same story in 2Sam 5. Don’t get lost in the many names and places in 1Chr 11-12, but do pay attention to the following highlights: 11:9; 12:8, 32-33 and 38. David and his kingdom are both growing during this period of time. Key leaders with specific gifting and skill sets surround David as his kingdom is firmly established.

How will I respond?

What is an enemy fortress in my life? A habit, recurring thought or attitude, or action that always gets me into trouble? How can I pray biblically, specifically and strategically for that enemy fortress to be converted into a major strength in my life? What are lessons that I can learn from our text in 2Sam 5:6-10 and 1Chr 12:4-9?