Tag Archive: Israelites


David Becomes King

“David must surely have mixed emotions as he considers the future.  He is obviously relieved to be free of Saul’s constant threats, but the mantle of responsibility is now his.  (His kingship over all Israel is still some seven years away.  He must rule over Judah alone until civil conflict is resolved and he is accepted by all the people.

The account of these initial years begins with David seeking God’s guidance — one of the many traits which makes David such a special leader for God’s people.”

Read: 2 Samuel 2, 3, 1 Chronicles 3:1-4a, 2 Samuel 4, 5:1-5, 1 Chronicles 11:1-3, 1 Kings 2:11,
1 Chronicles 3:4b, 29:26-27, 1 Chronicles 12:23-40

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“One of the most interesting incidents recorded during this period is an encounter in which Saul asks a witch to consult the spirit of Samuel for him.  Of course God has severely condemned witches as deceivers and pretenders, and the witch herself surely does not expect Samuel’s real spirit to appear.  When God intervenes to call Samuel from the dead, no one is more surprised and frightened than the witch.  Saul’s resort to the heathen practice of divination, along with his previous disobedience to God’s commands, may well contribute to his downfall and untimely death.”

Read:  1 Samuel chapters 28 & 31, 1 Chronicles 10, 2 Samuel 4:4 and 2 Samuel 1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“Saul is well aware of David’s growing popularity as somewhat of a folk hero, and this causes resentment and jealousy in Saul.  The repeated incidents of rage which arise out of his insecurity reveal still another defect in character in addition to his previous disobedience to God’s commands.

In sharp contrast, David is seen repeatedly as a gentle, forgiving servant of his king.  Instead of retaliating for undeserved threats, David responds with mercy and avoidance.

David reveals himself as a deeply sensitive and expressive man of God.  In times of trouble David rises above his inner fears and feelings of helplessness to express himself through poetic songs, known as psalms.  Virtually every important encounter he faces becomes memorialized in his petitions to God.

Woven throughout the story of Saul’s pursuit of David is the close friendship enjoyed by David and Jonathan.  It is a touching relief from the animosity of Saul, yet it comes to a tragic end.”

Read:  1 Samuel 18, 19:1-18, Psalm 59, 1 Samuel 19:19-24, 20, 21:1-6

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

David’s Rise to Power

“The die is cast, but the time for Saul to be replaced is not yet at hand.  Over the next several years his successor, David, will become a powerful figure in Israel and take on increased influence.”

Read: 1 Samuel chapters 16, 17

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Read: 1 Chronicles 5:10, 18-22 and 1 Samuel 15

The Daily Bible left no commentary for today and because I have limited time, I leave you with one question after these few days of reading about King Saul.

Will Saul be in heaven?

What do you think??

The Reign of Saul

“As the first king of Israel, Saul proves to be a courageous leader, but it is clear that he is only human and therefore fallible.  Saul’s disobedience to God will in fact lead ultimately to his rejection as king.  In sharp contrast to his father, Saul’s son Jonathan shows himself to be a man of great character.  His military exploits show a courage and strength not seen in Saul himself.”

Read: 1 Samuel chapters 13, 14 and 1 Chronicles 9:35-44

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Saul Appointed King

“The Scriptures make it clear that God will have a hand in choosing the kings and in regulating their conduct.  The first king would seem to be a rather unlikely choice, due to serious flaws in his character.  In fact, he is of the tribe of Benjamin, which not many years earlier had engaged in spiritual rebellion.  Nevertheless God uses Saul to bring about his will in the unification of the Kingdom.”

Read: 1 Samuel chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Read: 1 Samuel chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

The Daily Bible doesn’t give commentary on today’s reading and you want to know what I think.  Well, thanks for asking!!

I love the story of Hannah.  It is remarkable.  I want to use Hannah in my I Spy book.  Hannah approached God in a desperate prayer.  She did what so many of us do…

“Hey God, if you just do this one thing for me….I promise I’ll stop doing this… or start doing this.”

She tried to strike a bargain.

le'ts make a deal

You’ve done it, all of us have.  But what was different about Hannah?  Why does she get what she wanted?

She didn’t.  What she truly wanted was a son and yes, she did get one.  But she bartered.  She prayed the desperate prayer… if God would just give her a son, she would give him back.  If any of you have had a child, you know how difficult that had to have been.

Don’t think for one second that she didn’t regret that promise.  Hannah only had Samuel for a few years of his life!  But she promised… God delivered and she kept her side of it.

And then there’s Samuel; the promise.  What a great kid!  His mom decided, before he was even conceived, what he would do with his life and the remarkable thing about Samuel is that he didn’t fight his path as most of us would have.  Talk about the ‘unfair’ cards dealt!  He didn’t have a choice, but he still obeyed…

And how about when God called him?  Samuel didn’t know who was calling.  Boy, doesn’t that sound familiar?!!  God was literally saying his name and he didn’t get it…

shephereds voice

But Samuel knew the path he was to take, was told where to go and he went.

Awesome.

If only we could be a little more like Samuel.  To say “Here I am” instead of “What’s in it for me?”

Samuel obeyed and God blessed.

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Civil War with Benjamin

“Religious apostasy is somewhat understandable in an age of idolatry and pagan practices, so it is not surprising to see the Israelites repeatedly lapse into spiritual unfaithfulness.  What is surprising, however, is the extent to which immorality has grown, particularly among the Benjamites.  A grim example is seen when certain lewd men demand that a hospitable old man turn over a visiting Levite so that they can have homosexual relations with him.  The Levite instead sends out his concubine to be sexually abused.  When the Levite discovers his concubine dead the next morning, he suddenly feels resentment and sends a part of his concubine’s body to each tribe.

Once again, sin leads to broken relationships and civil strife.”

Read: Judges 19, 20, 21:1-24

Period of Judges Summarized

“This entire period of the Canaan conflict is a sad testimony to the relationship between God and man.  From a pinnacle of adherence to law under Moses (as imperfect as their obedience was, even then), the nation of Israel has sunk to a low ebb in which moral authority is no higher than self-will.”

Read: Judges 21:25

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Micah and the Danites

“There are many Israelites who continue to be attracted by pagan idols and practices.  What follows is an account of one such Israelite who compromises and perverts true worship, and even manages to persuade a Levite to participate.  Perhaps the greater significance of the account lies in the fact that one man’s sin eventually leas to the practice of pagan idolatry by an entire tribe.”

Read: Judges chapters 17 and 18

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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