The One Year\’ae Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 21

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From the Patriarchal Era comes a promise that won\’92t begin its fulfillment for almost a thousand years. Jacob blesses his son Judah on his deathbed, \’93The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people\’94 (Genesis 49:10).\
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Following the \’93Judah\’94 thread throughout the metanarrative captures a truth about God\’92s sovereignty\uc0\u8213 a promise made by God is a promise fulfilled by God. Toward the end of 350-400 years of the Judges Era, full of idolatry, lawlessness, and oppression, Ruth has a son, Obed, by Boaz, the nearest kinsmen to the man of Judah, Elimelech. Obed has Jesse, and Jesse has David. Samuel anoints David, the teenage son of Jesse, as Israel\’92s second king. After the Philistines kill King Saul, the men of Judah crown David as their king. Seven years later all of Israel submits to his reign. During that seven years, righteousness shines brightly in Judah\’92s descendant.\
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Saul\’92s son, Ishbosheth, succeeds him as king of Israel. Unbeknownst to David, two of Ishbosheth\’92s men, Rechab and Baanah, enter Ishbosheth\’92s house and assassinate him. They bring his head to David as a trophy. David\’92s reaction stuns them!\
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The kingdom is God\’92s to give, not man\’92s to seize. Therefore, David rebukes Rechab and Baanah, \’93As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my life from all adversity, when someone told me, saying, \’91Look, Saul is dead,\’92 thinking to have brought good news, I arrested him and had him executed in Ziklag\’97the one who thought I would give him a reward for his news. How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous person in his own house on his bed? Therefore, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and remove you from the earth?\’94 (2 Sam. 4:9-11). Their death celebrates their wicked deed.\
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History is shaped both by the promises of God and the foolishness of man. Ultimately, however, God\’92s purposes stand, and He fulfills His promises\uc0\u8213 from one generation to the next. The sovereignty of God and the activity of man run concurrently throughout the Bible\’92s story. Although man\’92s activity is woven into the fabric of the biblical metanarrative, God\’92s sovereignty and promises ultimately determine the flow of God\’92s story.\
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Question from today\’92s chronological Bible reading (2 Samuel 3:6-4:12):\
What do David\’92s responses to Abner\’92s and Ishbosheth\’92s deaths teach Israel?

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