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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saul Was Afraid Of David Because JEHOVAH Was With Him




1 Samuel 18:1-30 NIV





Saul’s Growing Fear of David




1After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.


5Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.


6When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres.


7As they danced, they sang:


“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”






8Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 9And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.


10 The next day an evil spirit From GOD came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. 






Saul had a spear in his hand 11and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.






12Saul was afraid of David, because The LORD Was With David but Had Departed From Saul. 13So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns. 14In everything he did he had great success, because The LORD Was With him. 15When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. 16But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.


17Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you in marriage; only serve me bravely and fight the battles of The LORD.” For Saul said to himself, “I will not raise a hand against him. Let the Philistines do that!”


18But David said to Saul, “Who am I, and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?” 19So when the time came for Merab, Saul’s daughter, to be given to David, she was given in marriage to Adriel of Meholah.


20 Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.21“I will give her to him,” he thought, “so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” So Saul said to David, “Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law.”


22Then Saul ordered his attendants: “Speak to David privately and say, ‘Look, the king likes you, and his attendants all love you; now become his son-in-law.’ ”


23They repeated these words to David. But David said, “Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known.”


24When Saul’s servants told him what David had said, 25Saul replied, “Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.’ ” Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.


26When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed, 27David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.






28When Saul realized that The LORD Was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David, 29Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days.


30The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known.





Michal Loves David




The king does not desire any dowry - In Eastern countries the husband purchases his wife either by gifts or services. As neither David nor his family were in circumstances to give a suitable dowry for a princess, the king intimated that he would be graciously pleased to accept some gallant deed in the public service.



But A hundred foreskins of the Philistines - Such mutilations on the bodies of their slain enemies were commonly practiced in ancient war, and the number told indicated the glory of the victory. Saul's willingness to accept a public service had an air of liberality, while his choice of so difficult and hazardous a service seemed only putting a proper value on gaining the king's daughter. But Saul covered a disguised malice against David under this proposal.








It Is Not By Sword Or Spear That The LORD JESUS Saves Us




1 Samuel 17:1-58 NIV






David and Goliath







1Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah. 2Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. 3The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.


4A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.a 5He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekelsb ; 6on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.7His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.c His shield bearer went ahead of him.






8Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.


12Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old. 13Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. 14David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, 15but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.


16For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.


17Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. 18Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. 







19They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.”



20Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.21Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. 22David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were. 23As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. 24Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.


25Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”


26David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of The LIVING GOD?”


27They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”


28When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”


29“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.


32David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”


33Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”


34But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of The LIVING GOD.37The LORD WHO Rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”






Saul said to David, “Go, and The LORD Be With you.”


38Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.









“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.


41Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44“Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”






45David said to the Philistine, 


“You come against me with sword and spear and 

javelin, but I come against you in the Name of 


The LORD ALMIGHTY, The GOD of the armies of 


Israel, whom you have defied. 



46This day The LORD Will Deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a GOD in Israel. 


47All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that The LORD Saves; for the battle is The LORD'S, and HE Will Give all of you into our hands.


48As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.






49Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.






50So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.


51David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. 






After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.






When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gathf and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. 53When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.


54David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.


55As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is that young man?”


Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”


56The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”


57As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.






58“Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him.



David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.”











People Look At Appearance But JEHOVAH LOOKS At The Heart,





1 Samuel 16:1-23 NIV






Samuel Anoints David


1The LORD Said To Samuel,


“How long will you mourn for Saul, since I Have 

Rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with 


oil and be on your way; I AM Sending you to Jesse of 


Bethlehem. I Have Chosen one of his sons to be king.”








2But Samuel said, 


“How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”



The LORD Said, 




“Take a heifer with you and say, 



‘I have come to sacrifice To The LORD.’ 


3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I Will Show you what to do. You are to anoint for ME the one I Indicate.”



4Samuel did What The LORD Said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”


5Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice To The LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.


6When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely The LORD'S Anointed stands here Before The LORD.”



7But The LORD Said To Samuel,


“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I Have Rejected him. The LORD Does Not Look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but The LORD Looks At the heart.”






8Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The LORD Has Not Chosen this one either.” 9Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor Has The Lord Chosen this one.” 10Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD Has Not Chosen these.” 11So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”


“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”


Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”


12So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.


Then The LORD Said, 


“Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”



13So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, 






and from that day on The SPIRIT of The LORD Came Powerfully Upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.








David in Saul’s Service




14Now The SPIRIT of The LORD Had Departed From Saul, and an evil spirit from The LORD tormented him.






15Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit From GOD is tormenting you. 16Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit From GOD comes on you, and you will feel better.”


17So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”


18One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And The LORD Is With him.”


19Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”20So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.


21David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”



23 Whenever the spirit From GOD came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.