Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Day 29: Saul

1 Samuel 18-19

- David was very successful in everything he did so Saul gave him a high rank in the army. However, when the people began to hold David in higher esteem than Saul, he became angry and jealous.
- verse 10 in chapter 18 surprised me when I read it:

10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.

There is a link to 16:14 in my study bible where it says God sent a tormenting spirit to Saul. My study bible says that it is possible that the Holy Spirit had left Saul and that God allowed an evil spirit to take its place. I guess it just seems odd for God to send evil spirits down on us. Maybe it just sounds better to me if we say that God "allows evil" to happen because of free will. I also didn't think the Holy Spirit came to us until after Pentecost in Acts...

- it says that Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with David and not himself.
- Saul tries to make trouble for David by getting him to marry his daughters. David goes out and collects 200 Philistine foreskins and married Saul's daughter Michal.
- Saul tries over and over to kill David by sending his men after him and by trying to skewer him with his spear. Once again in 19:9 it says that Saul is filled with an evil spirit right before he tries to kill David.
- the end of chapter 19 is kind of weird. David goes to Samuel at Ramah. Saul finds out and sends men to kill him. But when they get there, the Spirit of God came upon them and they prophesied. This happened a couple more times as Saul sent more men. Finally, when he went himself, he too had the Spirit of God come upon him. He stripped off his clothes and prophesied all day and all night.



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