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Episode Info: sake.” Saul came to the cave David and his men were hiding. (1 Samuel 24:1-13) Death was just a breath away, David wrote, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” David was public enemy #1 when Saul was King, but he believed what God had told him and wrote, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” He believed God, and so he spoke (Psalm 116:10)  He praised God for fulfilling His promises to David . . . Before those promises were fulfilled. Endnotes [1] Saul justified his actions by saying that his plan was to use the plunder to make a sacrifice to the Lord.  This was Samuel’s response (vs 22-23) “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?  Listen!  Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.  Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.” [2] Reading this, I noticed for the first time that in verse 4, it states that when Samuel arrived at Bethlehem, “the lders of the town came trembling to meet him.  “What’s wrong?” they asked, “Do you come in peace?”  The assumption was that if a prophet of the Lord came to their town that they must have committed an offense that needed to be reckoned.  I think we often have a sort of cavalier attitude towards God and his communications.  We see the Jesus, our mediator, and ignore the entirety of God’s character which is righteousness and justice.  Jesus can plead our case when we confess our sins, otherwise, as the writer of Hebrew said, “it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of a living God.” (Hebrews 10:31) [3] We don’t know how long it was from the time David was anointed by Samuel to the time he was crowned king of Israel.  He was 30 years old when he was crowned king (2 Samuel 5), for seven and a half years before that he reigned over Judah only from Hebron (2 Samuel 3:1)  It seems from the passage a period of time passed from his anointing to joining Saul’s household.  Because of the word used to describe David at his anointing, scholars believe he was between 10 and 15 years old. 1 Samuel 13:1 Saul was 30 years old when he became king, and he reigned for forty-two years. After Saul’s death, Ishbosheth was 40 and ruled for 2 years while David ruled over Juday for 7.5 years (2 Samuel 2:10-11) God had promised David the kingdom, but David still had a “long war” before he defeated Ishbosheth and the rest of Saul’s Dynasty (2 Samulel 3:1) During David’s 7 year reign in Hebron, his sons were born: Amnon (Ahinoam), Daniel (Abigail), Absalom (Maacah), Adonijah (Haggith), Shephatiah (Abital), Ithream (Eglah) ......
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