Epistles of Thomas

June 1, 2009

1 Samuel 16-18

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In chapter 16 Samuel journeys to the house of Jesse and meets all of his sons. The youngest is left out in the field and Samuel has to ask for him after the others are all eliminated by God for the position of king in place of Saul. David is chosen and anointed by Samuel. Meanwhile it is recorded that God’s spirit had left Saul and in his place an evil spirit from the Lord was tormenting him (16:14f). David is called in to play the lyre and placate Saul during these attacks. This domestic story has a well known interlude: the story of David and Goliath. David is sent to the frontlines to take food to his brothers. While there he witnesses Goliath taunting Israel. He speaks up and is quickly pressed into action. His skill with the sling serves him well and Goliath is soon dead and the Philistines on the run. Unfortunately, David’s success leads to Saul’s jealousy. He hopes that David will be killed in battle but he is continuously successful and his reputation soon exceeds Saul’s. Saul has killed his thousands and David tens of thousands. David marries Saul’s daughter Michal who loves him (18:20, 28). This caused Saul to fear David and suspect him of desiring the throne. It is often said that ancient cultures married for convenience rather than love but it is apparent that it is her love which most troubles her father.

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