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Gordon Keddie draws out the lessons of 2 Samuel in this Welwyn Commentary, and encourages us to look expectantly for the blessing of God in our day since the story of David is a picture of David’s royal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. As the author says in the introduction, 'May your study of 2 Samuel bring you closer to the only Redeemer of God's elect, the Lord Jesus Christ'.
The history of David - the unfolding drama of 2 Samuel - gives us a slice of life in the real world. We see people in their true colours: the petty, selfish, murderous, yet fiercely loyal, Joab; the war-lord Abner, honourable, perhaps, but only when it suited him; the sad, incompetent Ish-Bosheth, ‘alone and palely loitering’ through his hundrum colourless life; and the miserable and vicious sons of Rimmon, who murdered Ish-Bosheth in his sleep. And there is David, the man after God’s own heart, borne along by his regal calling on the tide of God’s mighty providential acts.