“When we were children, we read the stories of David like children’s stories. But now when we let these sacred stories intersect our own stories, we recognize how The Story, God’s Story is rich with complexity and ambiguity. Now we can see how God’s Story has always been moving, growing, becoming more than we ever imagined….”
We will be reading from two different traditions: the Samuel tradition and the Chronicles tradition. Here is a good opportunity to observe some of the ancients’ ways of interpreting their own story. Each has its particular perspective and purpose. Each comes from its own set of historical sources and interprets the past in light of their experience in the present. Some Bible students talk about the “contradictions” between the stories of the Kings, Samuel and the Chronicler. I prefer to think of the various presentations as representative of the rich, complex story of Israel and YHWH. Enjoy these David stories this week.
As You Read resource: David
Living in The Story blog for Week 29