About this Series
Can God Use Flawed Human Beings? Yes he can. Just read 2 Samuel. King David is no knight in shining armour and Israel is no Garden of Eden. The pages of 2 Samuel are full of murder, intrigue, jealousy, death, revenge, war, insurrection, hubris and pain. David is only Israel's second king and he is bedeviled by enemies within, enemies beyond and his own very mixed motives. How can God's kingdom be established in such a dangerous situation when not only the people but even the king is so flawed? How can God use such unlikely people to achieve his purposes? Welcome to "David and Kingdom of God" our preaching series in 2 Samuel. This will be a great series to see not only how God's big plan of redemption unfolds with the choice of David and Jerusalem but also how he continues to work through flawed human beings even today.
2 Samuel Resources For anyone preparing Bible studies or interested in understanding 2 Samuel better I recommend either of the following two paperback commentaries:
- Dale Ralph Davis - 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity 287 pp; written by a great preacher and scholar; study guide at back ; good solid exposition of every chapter.
- Andrew Reid - 1 and 2 Samuel: Hope for the Helpless 267 pp; great exposition and theological reflections; good on structure; covers both 1 & 2 Sam and so of necessity has to be succinct. Andrew is a former lecturer at Ridley Melbourne and is the senior minister nearby of Holy Trinity, Doncaster.
2 Samuel 22 | David Williams |
Welcome to church this morning. In the wider church today is Palm Sunday. According to the Anglican lectionary today is the end of Lent (it is exactly 40 days since Ash Wednesday) and next week is Holy Week which will then lead us to Easter. Through this early part of the year at St Alfred's we have been reading 2 Samuel and today we are near the end of the series. 2 Samuel 22 is a song or poem of thanksgiving and praise to God (it is repeated as Psalm 18). We welcome Rev Dr David Williams as our preacher today at both services. David is a member of St Alfred's and is the Development and Training Secretary for CMS Australia.
God is my Rock
2 Samuel 22 : 1-51
1. David rejoices in the God who saves: 2-3, 47-51
2 .David rejoices in the God who rules: 4-20, 29-46
3. David rejoices in the God who purifies: 21-28