Today, we will complete the rest of Ch. 12. Previously, David has received the news that his son would die, but as we read David struggles with this.
Reading: Chapter 12:15 to the end of Chapter 12.
Ch. 12:15- Where We Left Off, David’s Son Becomes Ill
(v.15) Says the child became ill, so it seems that David’s son was not a baby. It appears they had at least a few years with this little boy. Growing attached and making memories. (v.16) David pleads with God to spare the child’s life. He was fasting and laid on the ground all night.
The elders tried to get him up but he refused, and he would not eat either.
(v.18) On the seventh day, the child died. Everyone was worried to tell David because of his actions when the child was alive. But when David saw everyone whispering he knew what had happened.
(v.20) David washes and anoints himself, changing his clothes, he goes into the house of the Lord and worships God. Afterward, he goes back home and requests food.
The servants are confused at his actions, but David explains, “Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now that he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (v.22-23)
Afterward, David and his wife later have another son and he is named Solomon. The Lord loved Solomon (v.24) Solomon also receives the name “Jedidiah” which means “beloved of the Lord.”
(v. 26) Joab reports to David, and this time David goes out with the men to battle. The city is captured and the crown from the city is placed on David’s head.
What To Take Away– There are times God will answer our prayers, and there are times when He will not. What God wills to happen will always happen. We can’t fight against it. But even when this happens, we still have a trust and a hope in Him because He is God Almighty.
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