Friday, April 8, 2016

Week 14 Bible Reading Review

Week 14  1 Samuel 11:1 to 1 Samuel 29:1

1 Sam 13 An important lesson we can learn from Saul’s failure to wait for Samuel.  Do we also get impatient and proceed without waiting on the Lord?

1 Sam 14 Why do people feel the need to make rash oaths?  Yet another example of an oath, this time made by Saul that does not make things better, only worse.  At least the people had some common sense, even if Jonathan was ready to die and Saul was ready to kill him for his stupid oath.

1 Sam 15:11 God regrets making Saul king.  At face value it reads like God didn’t know what was going to happen.  The HCSB commentary says in part about this verse “He knew what people would do. Nonetheless, it pained Him to see the disobedience come to pass.”

1 Sam 15:18 Notice Saul says: “the Lord your God” instead of the Lord my / our God.  This shows Saul’s true heart position.

1 Sam 15:22-23  These are some sobering verses for Saul and for us.  We cannot use our own logic and understanding to justify our actions and ourselves.  Obedience is the key to acceptance.

1 Sam 16:7  A reminder to not look on the outer appearance and judge, for the heart is more important.

1 Sam 16:13  An interesting statement in this verse upon David’s anointing: “the Spirit of the Lord took control of David from that day forward”.  This appears to have coincided with His Spirit leaving Saul (v14).

1 Sam 17 David’s confidence must have come from God’s Spirit to take on Goliath who was nearly twice his height!

David tells Jonathan to lie about his whereabouts and later lies to the priest about his “mission” and then lies to the King by acting insane.  This and other poor behavior we will read about later make him a poor role model in my opinion, despite his good attributes.

1 Sam 23:9 David’s inquiry of God has something to do with the ephod, why was this needed?  Did it contain the Urim and Thummim?

1 Sam 24  Was Saul still the Lord’s anointed as David claimed?  Even after His Spirit left him?

1 Sam 25 Abigail stands out to me with her honorable act to spare her foolish husband.

1 Sam 28 Saul’s summons of Samuel is a bizarre story.  It seems the Bible has many examples of what not to do.

Next Reading:  Week 15  1 Samuel 29:1 to 2 Samuel 18:1

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