Two Kings of Israel – David and Ish-bosheth

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SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY

We’re up to the 10th book of the Bible! Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st Samuel… 2nd Samuel! 2nd Samuel is the 10th book in the Bible, and the FIFTH of the Historical Books!

PHIL

At the beginning of 2nd Samuel, David learns about the death of King Saul…

IAN

So HE becomes the king of Israel and lives happily ever after! The end!

PHIL

Uh, no… not exactly. Sunday School Lady?

SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY

At first, only the tribe of Judah wanted David to be their king. Judah was the biggest tribe by far – so big it was almost a little country all by itself! Since David was from Judah, they thought he’d make a great king!

BROTHER LOUIE

What about everybody else?!?

SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY

Usually when a king died, one of his sons became king. And King Saul still had a son left – Ish- bosheth.

CHUCK WAGGIN

Ish-bo-what?

SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY

Yep. Imagine going to junior high with a name like Ish-bosheth. Anyway, King Saul’s general – the guy in charge of his army – was a big, strong guy named Abner. Abner thought Ish-bosheth should be the next king, and the northern tribes agreed!

CLIVE 

But Samuel had picked David to be the next king!

SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY

Well, they weren’t really listening to Samuel – or God for that matter. So for a while Ish-bosheth was the king of the northern tribes, and David was the king of Judah! It was a mess!

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