AFTER David begins ruling in Jerusalem, God gives his army many victories over their enemies. God had promised to give the land of Canaan to the Israelites. And now, with God’s help, all the land that was promised to them finally becomes theirs.

David is a good ruler. He loves God. So one of the first things that he does after capturing Jerusalem is to bring God’s Ark of the Covenant there. And he wants to build a temple in which to put it.

When David grows older, he makes a bad mistake. David knows that it is wrong to take something that belongs to someone else. But one evening, when he is on the roof of his palace, he looks down and sees a very beautiful woman. Her name is Bathsheba, and her husband is one of his soldiers named Uriah.

David wants Bathsheba so much that he has her brought to his palace. Her husband is away fighting. Well, David makes love to her and later she finds she is going to have a baby. David is very worried and sends word to his army chief Joab to have Uriah put in the front of the battle where he will be killed. When Uriah is dead, David marries Bathsheba.

God is very angry with David. So he sends his servant Nathan to tell him about his sins. You can see Nathan there talking to David. David is very sorry for what he has done, and so God does not put him to death. But God says: ‘Because you have done these bad things, you will have a lot of trouble in your house.’ And what trouble David has!

First, Bathsheba’s son dies. Then David’s firstborn son Amnon gets his sister Tamar alone and forces his love on her. David’s son Absalom is so angry about this that he kills Amnon. Later, Absalom wins the favor of many of the people, and he has himself made king. Finally, David wins the war against Absalom, who is killed. Yes, David has a lot of trouble.

In between all of this, Bathsheba gives birth to a son named Solomon. When David is old and sick, his son Adonijah tries to make himself king. At that David has a priest named Zadok pour oil on Solomon’s head to show that Solomon will be king. Soon afterward David dies at 70 years of age. He ruled for 40 years, but now Solomon is the king of Israel.

2 Samuel 11:1-27; 12:1-18; 1 Kings 1:1-48.

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