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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (13:16-23) “My Kingdom for a Sword!”

28 Nov

This text uses the name “Ophrah”! Really. That’s not exactly the same as Oprah, but close.

In our verses for today, we are in the context of war. Raiding parties of the Philistines attack the Israelites. But Israel had a major problem — no blacksmiths! The Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!” (v. 19). So Israel had their farming implements sharpened by the Philistines (v. 20). And the prices are listed for us here in I Samuel 13!

Only Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear. No other Israelite soldier possessed such a weapon. Chapter 14 will tell us about Saul’s son Jonathan and his attack on the Philistines.

Any takeaways for today? Even our enemies can provide needed services for us?  (I would suggest that these verses in chapter 13 are simply setting us up for what will happen in chapter 14).  Have a great day!

 
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