Daniel told the king to keep his gifts (Dan 5:17-5:17)

“Then Daniel answered

In the presence

Of the king.

‘Let your gifts be

For yourself!

Give your rewards

To someone else!

Nevertheless,

I will read

The writing

To the king.

I will

Let him know

Its interpretation.’”

Daniel responded to the king. He did not care for the gifts or the promotion in the kingdom. The king could keep them. However, he was going to read the writing on the wall. Then he would let the king know about its interpretation.

Naaman and Elisha meet (2 Kings 5:15-5:19)

“Then Naaman returned to the man of God, he and all his company. He came and stood before Elisha and said. ‘Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel. Please accept a present from your servant.’ But Elisha said. ‘As Yahweh lives, whom I serve, I will accept nothing.’ Naaman urged him to accept, but Elisha refused. Then Naaman said. ‘If not, please let two mule-loads of earth be given to your servant. Your servant will no longer offer burnt offerings or sacrifices to any god except Yahweh. May Yahweh pardon your servant on one count. When my master goes to the house of Rimmon to worship there, leaning on my arm, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon. When I bow down in the house of Rimmon, may Yahweh pardon your servant on this one count.’ Elisha said to him. ‘Go in peace.’”

Naaman returned to Elisha. He proclaimed that there was no other god on earth except Yahweh, the God of Israel. He wanted to give a present to Elisha, but he would accept anything from Naaman. He kept urging him to accept the gifts. Finally he wanted to leave 2 mule-loads of earth that he used in his burnt offerings and sacrifices. Naaman proclaimed that he would no longer offer sacrifices to any god except Yahweh. However, he wanted to make one exception. When he helped the king into the house of the idol Rimmon to pray, he would go with the king and bow. Elisha told him to go in peace.

Construction of an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah (2 Sam 24:18-24:25)

“That day Gad came to David. He said to him. ‘Go up and erect an altar to Yahweh on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.’ Following Gad’s instructions, David went up, as Yahweh had commanded. When Araunah looked down, he saw the king and his servants coming toward him. Araunah went out and prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. Araunah said. ‘Why has my lord the king come to his servant?’ David said. ‘To buy the threshing floor from you in order to build an altar to Yahweh, so that the plague may be averted from the people.’ Then Araunah said to David. ‘Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Here are the oxen for the burnt offering, the threshing sledges, and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. All of this, O king, Araunah gives to the king.’ Araunah said to the king. ‘May Yahweh your God respond favorably to you.’”

The prophet Gad went to David to tell him to build an altar to Yahweh at the threshing floor of Araunah. Thus David did what Yahweh had commanded through Gad. He went to see Araunah who was a Jebusite and not a Hebrew. However, this was the place that the angel of Yahweh stopped sending the plague that saved Jerusalem. Araunah showed deference to David, asking why the king had come to him. David wanted to buy the threshing floor and erect an altar there per the instructions of Gad. Araunah said that he had some animals for a sacrifice plus some wood to start a fire.

“But the king said to Araunah. ‘No, but I will buy them from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to Yahweh my God that cost me nothing.’ So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. David built there an altar to Yahweh. He offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being. So Yahweh answered his supplication for the land. The plague was averted from Israel.”

King David would not accept the place as a gift. He wanted to buy the floor and the oxen for fifty silver shekels. Then he built and altar and offered his sacrifices of burnt offering and well-being. Yahweh responded to David as he then averted the plague from Israel. So ends the books of Samuel. However, David is still around. So then we transition into the books about the kings. It is easy to see why these books were originally all connected.