Unselfish Jonathan

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READ : 1 Samuel 18-20 As David grew in popularity, Saul became more and more jealous. Twice, in a rage, he tried to pin David to the wall with his javelin, but failed. Then he tries to lure David into unwise risks in fighting the Philistines, hoping they will kill David for him. He offers to give his own daughter …

The Rise of David

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READ : 1 Samuel 15-17 Saul makes yet another mistake. When told to destroy the enemy’s cattle, he saves some to use for a sacrifice. Samuel expresses a biblical principle: “To obey is better than sacrifice” (15:22). Today, also, God is far more concerned with obedient living than with impressive liturgy. God sends Samuel out to look for a replacement …

Costly Mistakes

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READ : 1 Samuel 12-14 Before he was king, Saul had been a very humble person. But now power had gone to his head and he used his power foolishly. Lord Acton once said, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That is why the Constitution of the United States wisely provides for a balance of power. Those who have …

Wanting to Be like Unbelievers

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READ : 1 Samuel 8-11 The apostle Paul says that we are not to be conformed to this world, but that temptation is very powerful. Here the Israelites wanted to be like the pagan nations around them, each one of which had a king. God’s plan for them was that He should be their king, ruling through godly men like …

Away with Superstition

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READ : 1 Samuel 4-7 One of the tragedies of our day is that people are turning from serving the God of the Bible to horoscopes and other forms of superstition. Such superstition is almost as old as the human race. Here the elders of Israel thought that the physical presence of the ark of the covenant in the battle …