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The Books of SAMUEL.
A Sevenfold Foreshadowing of the Millennial Kingdom.
(II Samuel 5: - 24:).
pp. 165 - 172
We have so far considered the brief but richly prophetic account of David's reign over
Judah in Hebron (II Sam. 2: 1-11), and, passing by the details which occupy chapters 3:
and 4:, we come now to chapter 5: where David is anointed King over all Israel.
The story of David's reign occupies the remaining nineteen chapters of the Second
Book of Samuel. This record contains some acts that are typical, and others that are
shameful. All are necessary to make up a faithful record; and all are necessary if we are
to enter into the workings of the of the human heart and have a complete picture of the
two natures in the child of God. All these things are not, however, necessary to our
understanding of the purpose of the ages, and we must therefore make some selection.
In the centre of the record we find eleven chapters, all overshadowed by David's sin in
connection with Uriah and Bathsheba, and at the close of the book we have another
confession on David's part. In the first of these sections the child that Bathsheba bears to
David is stricken with sickness and dies; and in the second, the land is stricken with
pestilence, which destroys seventy thousand men. The consequences of David's sin
follow him through many a weary year, as the sins of Amnon, and Sheba, and Absalom
The structure of the whole passage is given below, but we shall only deal with those
sections in which David is in any measure a type of Christ. His sin with regard to
Bathsheba, while bringing to light much truth of both doctrinal and practical importance,
will not be included in our survey, except to give it its place in the structure.