1 Samuel 16–20: David & Goliath

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 14: Tuesday

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

Tuesday’s Bible reading of 1 Samuel 16–20, introduces David, the eighth son of Jesse, Israel’s most famous king, and the man from whose house Messiah will be born. In chapter 16, the Lord sends Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint the man who will replace Saul as king, and He reveals David as His choice. David’s life then becomes intertwined with Saul’s when he becomes Saul’s harpist. This is David’s reputation:

Then one of the young men said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the LORD is with him.”
1 Samuel 16:18

David’s victory over Goliath in chapter 17, is the measure of David’s trust in and reverence for God. His courage and triumph bring him loyal love and bitter hatred. He is loved by Israel and Judah, and given lasting friendship by Jonathan, Saul’s son. Saul’s envy over the adulation David receives gives birth to murderous hatred. Saul’s descent is horrible to see and is an example of what happens when envy is left unchecked. In fear of his life, David begins his years of evasion and hiding from Saul. From those years of distress and deliverance, David will give us a great heritage of psalms that help and encourage us with his words that express our own fears, cries and praise to God.

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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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