One King, Two King, Red King, Blue King
Anybody else love Dr. Seuss? Likely you've memorized some of his work in spite of yourself because it rhymes and is designed to be remembered. Whenever I see rain out my window, the words of the Cat in the Hat come flooding back, "The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day . . . ." Don't even get me started on Green Eggs and Ham! Let's face it, human beings are memorizing machines and we can recall even the tough stuff if we're invested in remembering.
That's what I'm going to be asking you to do over the course of the next few weeks. Just get invested in remembering the basics. Don't fret about all of the detail right now. Once you have the basics down, everything else will fall into place. The reason it will fall into place is that it will have a place to fall, so to speak—the structure will be there!
That first step in remembering will involve putting some basic players into categories—this week it has been the house of Saul and the house of David. In weeks to come it will be the North and the South aka Israel and Judah. The easiest way to keep these group straight will be to use two colored pencils when you read marking references to the different kingdoms in different colors. There will be time later to let the details thrill you. For now, though, learn the big picture well and let a couple of colored pencils help make your life easier as you do. Deal?
For our discussion this week, let's start with these questions:
• How has marking the text of Scripture helped you in studying? (If marking has been hard for you, tell us what has made it difficult!)
• What questions do you still have about 2 Samuel 1–10 that you haven't been able to answer this week through your study?
• What has been your biggest take away from your study this week? How is it changing the way you think and act?
Don't forget that you can answer any or all of these questions. No pressure to do them all. :)
Finally, don't forget to take the time to comment on and encourage others with regard to their posts! (If you're shy about posting yourself, start out by thanking someone else for their post! You'll get your feet wet and you'll be an encouragement—win win!)
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!