Week 29: July 16 – July 22

“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.

2 Samuel 1-10

1 Chronicles 1-19

Psalms 115

Psalm 122

Psalm 144

John 7-8

1 Thessalonians


As You Read resource: David


Living in The Story blog for Week 29


Author: Charlotte Vaughan Coyle

Charlotte lives and blogs in Paris TX. She is ordained within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and developed Living in The Story while doing doctoral work at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth. Charlotte also blogs about intersections of faith, politics, and culture at CharlotteVaughanCoyle.com.