It states that these books have been lost and have not yet been found. Some interesting information can be found here: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/books-of-the-chronicles-of-the-kings-of-judah-and-israel They also state “he content of these books appears identical in character to the Assyrian annals. Probably the mass of facts on royal activities in Kings came from these books.”

 

An Asherah pole is a sacred tree or pole that stood near Canaanite religious locations to honor the Ugaritic mother-goddess Asherah, consort of El. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asherah_pole

More information is found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/Asherah-pole.html

According to some websites, the Golden Calf was an intermediary (similar to Moses) to their god. http://thetorah.com/what-was-the-golden-calf/

Others state that the golden calf is a symbol of desire.

According to the website: https://www.gotquestions.org/Solomon-Adonijah-Abishag.html

“Solomon rightly saw Adonijah’s desire to marry Abishag as part of his brother’s ongoing attempt to take over the kingdom of Israel.
In those days of royal harems, taking possession of a king’s concubines was a declaration of one’s right to the throne. This had been one of Absalom’s methods when he led a coup against David (2 Samuel 16:22). Since Abishag was considered part of David’s harem, her marriage to Adonijah would have strengthened the usurper’s claim to the throne.”

Another great explanation I found on a Catholic forum. User Rocks_91 says “This Adonijah had previously declared himself king. David wanted his son Solomon to be king, as he had promised his wife that it would be so, and had Solomon anointed and crowned.

When Adonijah made the request to Bathsheba to take one of Solomon’s servants as his wife, of course Solomon must have thought that the guy had some nerve. Solomon saw him as a very dangerous person and a potential threat to his kingdom, and thus had him killed.” https://forums.catholic.com/t/why-did-solomon-have-adonijah-killed/255524 The full conversation and thread can be found here: 

In this passage I was confused as to why God grew angry at Israel and David for numbering his people (taking a census.) 

According to this website: https://www.gotquestions.org/David-census.html it says “As to why God was angry at David, in those times, a man only had the right to count or number what belonged to him. Israel did not belong to David; Israel belonged to God.”

They also speculate that it was Satan who tempted David to take a census of his people. 

Another website https://www.thisisyourbible.com/index.php?page=questions&task=show&mediaid=1122 corroborates this theory by saying ” 1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked (Hebrew two sooth) David to number Israel. ‘Satan’ in Hebrew means ‘adversary’. In Numbers 22:22 ‘satan’ is properly translated as ‘adversary’.”

I found this passage fascinating and did some research on it. I found a paper from  US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4113151/ here is the link to the paper. The paper explains how giants in the Bible can be scientifically explained through genetics. Very interesting read. The abstract of the paper reads:

“The biblical giant Goliath has an identifiable family tree suggestive of autosomal dominant inheritance. We suggest that he had a hereditary pituitary disorder possibly due to the AIP gene, causing early onset and familial acromegaly or gigantism. We comment on the evidence within the scriptures for his other relatives including a relative with six digits and speculate on possible causes of the six digits. Recognition of a hereditary pituitary disorder in the biblical Goliath and his family sheds additional information on his and other family members’ battles with David and his relatives.”

I will make a much larger post about Giants in the Bible soon.

This website http://globalchristiancenter.com/christian-living/lesser-known-bible-people/31287-ahitophel-the-wise-man-who-committed-suicide has a fantastic write up about Ahithophel as a whole. Many things that I missed in my first reading that went into this story.

Quoted from the site above and abbreviated: “You see Ahitophel was the one person who was in the know when David committed adultery with Bathsheba. He was in the Palace, in the confidence of the King, and he was Bathsheba’s Grandfather! Yes look up 2 Samuel 11:3. Bathsheba was the daughter of Eliam whose father was Ahitophel.

Here is the seed of betrayal that years later became the motivation to turn on David and join Absalom….

…Grandfather Ahitophel carried that grudge for years, and David never knew it. In Psalm 41:9 David laments, “Yea mine own familiar friend in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”…

…When Ahitophel saw that his advice to Absalom to attack David immediately and kill him, was rejected, he knew that David would come out the victor and there was no future for him, so he went home, related the events to his family, and according to Josephus, he went into an inner room, hanged himself, and the family buried him.”

Another good article on the topic: http://www.believersmagazine.com/bm.php?i=20050106

In the passage Samuel 6:6-6:7 is says “When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act;therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%206-7

I didn’t understand why God would kill someone who touched the Ark just because the Oxen stumbled. This website has the following statement after explaining further 

https://www.rationalchristianity.net/touch_ark.html

The Israelites who looked in the ark were actually violating several laws: they came near to the ark (a violation if they weren’t Levites), they looked at the ark, they touched the ark and they moved the atonement cover, which was God’s symbolic throne. Since God’s presence was on/over the ark, they were actually coming into the presence of God – and without the least sense of reverence towards him, since they decided to poke around and play with his throne! Is it any wonder they died?”

This website has a little more clarity around it and does a great job of explaining why http://christianapologeticsalliance.com/2015/03/25/why-did-god-kill-uzzah-for-trying-to-protect-the-ark-of-covenant/

“Never would a king be tossed in the back of an oxen cart because the servants didn’t feel like carrying him. Royalty were to be treated with the utmost respect. And while Israel’s enemies did not realize the significance of the Ark of the Covenant as God’s presence when they returned it on an oxen cart, the Israelites did.”

From the sites I have read, it appears the reference is a taunt responding to another taunt. The enemy he was trying to conquer stated even their lame and blind could defend against David and his men.

This site has a good explanation about it: https://achapterperday.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/2-samuel-5-did-david-really-hate-the-blind-and-lame/

“Remember, this is what David is saying this to his men. They all knew that they had been taunted by the people of the city. They all knew that the people of the city had said that the lame and blind could keep the armies of Israel away. David is basically said, “Okay, let’s see them (their blind and lame) try it.” Basically, he was using their misplaced confidence as a motivational tactic for his men. He hated the men that taunted him, and in this case it was the men who defended the city. The men who defended this city said that the blind and lame could do it. Therefore, David was saying that if this is actually the case and the blind and the lame are really defending that wall, let them try to hold us off.

David hated them because they taunted the children of Israel and God. He did not hate them because they had disabilities, and from what I can tell, we really do not even know if there were any defenders with disabilities. It seems as if this was largely a taunt thrown down by the inhabitants of Jerusalem which was then turned into a motivational technique by David.”

Another good site addressing this question: https://theworksofgod.com/2010/10/12/did-david-really-hate-the-lame-and-the-blind/

 

David seems to be able to directly speak to God at times. Then other times through Prophets. I also am curious as to why God spoke directly to people in the Old Testament but does not today. 

I read through several sites and none give the answer I was looking for. Upon pondering it, it could mean God spoke directly to him, maybe they got that feeling we sometimes get that they NEED to do this thing or that after reflection and prayer. This site goes into that some http://www.libertygospeltracts.com/question/prequest/godspeaksvariety.htm

I really like this sites explanations about many different things. https://rcg.org/youth/biblestudy/0503-gstu.html it explains about why God spoke to ancient peoples in the Old Testament and why it wasn’t as necessary after Jesus came to the Earth and gave us the instruction we need now to live a good life.

This passage was a bit troubling upon first read. I came to 2 Samuel 1:14 that stated David killed the young Amalekite that brought news that he killed Saul (per Saul’s request) and David, who was grieved, killed him. I struggled to find many sources that have a good explanation. 

This site has a list of them, but I don’t find too many particularly helpful: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/2_samuel/1-15.htm

My thoughts on this are that the boy admitted treason by killing him. David did not always make the best “godly” decisions throughout his life. He also wanted to show publicly that he was grieved and not responsible for sending the boy to kill his king. The other possible reason is that Saul was appointed by God, and no one has authority to kill him except God. 

The boy was likely lying as pointed out by this site: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/1837/who-killed-saul so he was admitting treason on a lie hoping to gain favor.