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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (18:20-30) Grossness, Humility, and Jealousy!

Sometimes the Bible can be quite gross, don’t you think? But life can be gross! The story in the second half of I Samuel 18 involves Philistine foreskins! Really.

In his manipulative paranoia, Saul wants David dead. So he learns that his daughter Michal is in love with David and he promises her to David. Saul’s motive was simple: “so she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him” (v. 21).

This provides a second opportunity for David to become Saul’s son-in-law. Saul uses his attendants to try to persuade David to agree to this marriage, and David humbly replies, “Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known” (v. 23).

Saul offers David his daughter. The only bride price that he wants in return is 100 Philistine foreskins. Saul’s plan was to have David be killed by the Philistines [this will be plan “B” for David’s getting rid of Uriah later in 2 Samuel].

David takes his men, goes out, and brings back two hundred Philistine foreskins! And they counted out the full number before Saul (v. 27). Gross.

Saul gives his daughter Michal to David, realizing “that the Lord was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David” (v. 28). This entire episode furthered Saul’s fear of David, causing him to remain David’s enemy the rest of his days (v. 29).

David’s fame grew as he had more success over the Philistine warriors than the rest of Saul’s officers. And David’s name became well known (v. 30).

Some takeaways for me:
1. The Bible is realistic. It does not sugarcoat realities such as war in all its grossness.
2. God sees our motives and looks at our hearts. Saul’s jealousy and hatred cause him to manipulate his own daughter’s love for David. We dare not underestimate our talent for pursuing our wicked agendas.
3. David’s humility is refreshing. How does he lose that godly view of himself when he becomes king? What was the process?
4. Having the Lord “with” us does not mean that we won’t have enemies or face opposition.

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Posted by on December 9, 2018 in I Samuel 18


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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (18:1-19) Friendship, Fear, and Success!

The friendship of Saul’s son Jonathan and David is a beautiful truth in this text (a story greatly perverted by those with a homosexual agenda). Jonathan “became one in spirit with David”, we are told, for “he loved him as himself” (v. 1). Jonathan makes a covenant with David “because he loved him as himself (v. 3). He gave David his robe and tunic and his weapons!

The Lord gave David success on whatever mission assigned to him by Saul. It’s not easy to please “all the troops and the officers” of the army, but David did!

Military success is one thing. But adulation is quite another. The women of the towns sing to David, emphasizing his slaying “tens of thousands” versus Saul’s slaying only “thousands.” This makes Saul very angry and he asks, “What more can David get but the kingdom?” (v. 8).

“An evil spirit from God” comes forcefully on Saul while he is prophesying. While David is playing his lyre, Saul hurls a spear at David. Twice. We are told that “Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul” (v. 12).

Saul sends David away to command the troops and we are told that “in everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.” (v. 14). Saul is overcome by a fear of David and his successes, but David is loved by all Israel and Judah (v. 16).

Saul plans David’s demise, promising his older daughter Merab to him if he will “only serve me bravely and fight the battles of the Lord” (v. 17).  Saul says to himself, “I will not raise a hand against him. Let the Philistines do that!” [This certainly foreshadows what David himself will do when he has to get rid of Uriah!].

David’s response to King Saul’s offer of his daughter is one of humility: “Who am I, and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?” (v. 18). But Saul did not keep his word — and subsequently gives his daughter Merab to someone else!

Some takeaways for me:
1. Jealousy is a very real danger — and can be born in any believer’s heart. I must be careful when it comes to others’ receiving praise. I am to rejoice with those who rejoice!
2. I want to long for the Lord to be “with” me. “With” here in this context means much more than a kind of physical presence. The Lord’s being “with” David produces fear in Saul (v. 12), leading him to try to kill David.
3. Any of us can use religious language to justify our agenda! Saul speaks of David’s fighting “the battles of the Lord” — and he wants him dead!
4. Disappointments will come to us. They may not be the reneging of a daughter’s hand in marriage, but people don’t always keep their word.

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Posted by on December 8, 2018 in I Samuel 18


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