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“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.

Read:  1 Samuel 22:6-23, Psalm 52, 1 Samuel 23:1-14, Psalm 63, 1 Samuel 23:15-25, Psalm 54,
1 Samuel 23:26-29, 1 Samuel 24, Psalm 57, 1 Samuel 25:1-8

The Daily Bible doesn’t give commentary on today’s reading.  But these past few days, reading about David and Saul — the animosity and jealousy Saul has for David, while David’s respect for Saul as king is astounding.  This, right here, entering the 1st and 2nd Samuel books is why I so enjoy reading through the chronological Bible.  It is such a unique and wonderful way to read about the rantings of Saul and the struggles of David, as David offers pleas and gratitude over these experiences to God through the Psalms.

Oh, to have David’s heart…to inquire of God over every decision, to be in anguish over what may be chasing or awaiting him and yet turn it all over and to trust God fully, then as God provides protection and leading, offering thanks and gratitude.

It is no wonder that David is “a man after God’s own heart.”

“I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.”
Acts 13:22b

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Statue outside King David’s tomb – Jerusalem, Israel

“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.

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.
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