David and Saul – 1 Samuel 18–19

Read the Passage: 1 Samuel 18-19

Saul Resents David (18:1–16)

Although David had been in the employment of Saul and royal court for some time, as his harpist and armor-bearer (cf. 1 Sam. 16:21), Saul apparently did not know David in a personal capacity. This is evident in the narrative that follows David’s slaying of Goliath (cf. 1 Sam. 17:55–56). So, while we’re told Saul “loved him greatly” (1 Sam. 16:21), it was apparently David’s musical ability, not his person that Saul loved. Continue reading David and Saul – 1 Samuel 18–19

Anointing of David – 1 Samuel 16

Read the Passage: 1 Samuel 16

Samuel Sent (16:1–3)

Because of Saul’s disobedience in selfishly offering a sacrifice (cf. 1 Sam. 13:9), as well as selfishly sparing the Amalekites (cf. 1 Sam. 15:20), both of which were symptomatic of his turning away from the Lord (cf. 1 Sam. 15:11), God removed the kingdom from Saul and promising to raise up “a man after his own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14; cf. Acts 13:22). Continue reading Anointing of David – 1 Samuel 16

Jonathan and Saul – 1 Samuel 14–15

Read the Passage: 1 Samuel 14-15

Jonathan’s Valor (14:1–52)

Despite the fact that God had declared an eventual end to his monarchy, Saul remained king. Yet, as was alluded to in 1 Sam. 13:3, not all was lost, for Saul’s son Jonathan was a man of faith and valor. As he had done earlier, so 1 Sam. 14:1–23 reports that Jonathan again attacked a Philistine garrison and won a second victory, this one at Michmash. Continue reading Jonathan and Saul – 1 Samuel 14–15

God’s Rejection of Saul – 1 Samuel 13

Read the Text: 1 Samuel 13

Army Gathered (13:1–7)

In last week’s lesson we studied the Israelites’ sin of asking a king for themselves. We saw that their desire for a king was tantamount to a rejection of God (cf. 1 Sam. 8:7; 12:12). We noted that their request for a king was born out of the Israelites’ desire to be like the pagan nations around them (cf. 1 Sam. 8:5, 20). Continue reading God’s Rejection of Saul – 1 Samuel 13