1 Samuel 18

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 18

King Saul and David.   

Overview

The conflict between King Saul and David arises because of jealousy of King Saul.

At the beginning King Saul liked David to bring him into his palace, and gave him a high rank in the army. David made a success wherever he was sent, which pleased all people.

Why was King Saul afraid of David?

It was his jealousy against David, caused by two things: his son, Jonathan, became a friend to David, even to love him as himself, and people praised David more than Saul.

His jealousy brought evil spirit into him, even to kill David. Out of Jealousy King Saul forced David to marry to his daughter so that David could be in trouble.

The Lord was with David (v.14), and King Saul knew it (v.28) and he became more afraid of David to the point that he remained his enemy the rest of his days. But David made more success than King Saul did in battle, and his name became well known.

The historian who wrote the book of Samuel saw that all these were from God’s provision, that God was grieved that he had made Saul king over Israel (1 Samuel 15:35), rejected him and chose a new king (1 Samuel 16:1)

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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