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April 29, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 2 Kings 23-25
Audio: 2 Kings 23-25

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1 Samuel 16 (ESV)

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord‘s anointed is before him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

14 Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, a harmful spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man who is skillful in playing the lyre, and when the harmful spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well.” 17 So Saul said to his servants, “Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me.” 18 One of the young men answered, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.” 19 Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.” 20 And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul. 21 And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight.” 23 And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.

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  1. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. 1 Samuel 16:13


    As we begin the story of David, I wanted to share something from the Faithlife Study Bible which offers the following introduction to this important man in God's history:

    "David shepherded his father’s flocks until his conscription into Saul’s service (see vv. 11, 19, 21–22; 17:15, 20; 1 Chr 2:13–16). There, he achieved widespread fame through his military successes and garnered the love of the people (see 1 Sam 18:7, 13–16, 30). Chosen by God and anointed by Samuel, David assumed the throne at age 30, following Saul’s death, and reigned for 40 years (see 13:14; 15:28; 16:13; 2 Sam 2:4; 5:3–5). Though beset with personal difficulties, his reign is characterized by military success and economic prosperity. He defeated his enemies, expanded his territory, secured his borders, and increased Israel’s national revenue. His achievements paved the way for Solomon’s prosperous and peaceful reign."

    Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Sa 16:13). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

    The ESV Study Bible says of David:

    "In 1 Samual 13 and 15, Saul was told that he and his dynasty had been rejected and that the kingdom had been given to a neighbor, a man after the Lord’s heart). It is now revealed that this neighbor is a son of Jesse of Bethlehem—but his name is not stated until the middle of 1 Samual 13:16. In the second half of the chapter, the Lord uses the words of one of Saul’s attendants to bring David to court. The Lord is with David, while his Spirit has left Saul and has been replaced by a spirit that does harm and turns him against David.

    "God indicates to Samuel that of all the sons of Jesse, David, the least likely, is his choice. After David’s anointing (which is done with a limited audience), the Spirit of God empowers him for service."

    Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 517). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

    Although I’m too spent to write tonight after a long day of work, I really look forward to our time together as we learn about this "man after God's own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14).

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