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April 24, 2022 – 1 Samuel 22 – Murder of the Priests of Nob

David secures a place of safety for his family in Moab, and then returns to Judah at the direction of the seer Gad. Meanwhile, Doeg informs King Saul about the High Priest Ahimelech’s aid to David. Saul orders the High … Continue reading

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April 17, 2022 – 1 Samuel 21:10-15 – David Feigns Madness

David flees to the Philistine court of King Achish in Gath, Goliath’s home city. His identity is discovered, and he has to feign madness, which causes Achish to send him away. Psalm 34 and 56 are written based on this … Continue reading

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April 10, 2022 – 1 Samuel 21:1-10 – David and the Priests of Nob

David is now an outlaw. He seeks aid from the priests tending the Tabernacle, but Saul’s servant Doeg the Edomite sees him there. David and his companions receive the shewbread to eat, and David is given Goliath’s sword. Notes on … Continue reading

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February 27, 2022 – 1 Samuel 20 – The Parting of David and Jonathan

Jonathan promises to find out Saul’s true feelings toward David. He tells David to stay hidden in a field. To keep their meeting secret, he will shoot arrows to communicate – if the arrow falls beyond where David is hiding, … Continue reading

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February 20 2022 – 1 Samuel 19 – David Warned to Flee from Saul

King Saul publicly calls for David’s death. Jonathan warns him to flee, and Michal deceives her father to allow David to escape. But in pursuit, first Saul’s messengers and then Saul himself are stopped and overcome by the Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

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February 13, 2022 – 1 Samuel 18 – Saul’s Jealousy of David

Influenced by an evil spirit of melancholy, King Saul grows increasingly suspicious of David, as David’s popularity grows. Finally Saul plots to have David killed. Notes on 1 Samuel 18:1-30

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February 6, 2022 – 1 Samuel 17:31-58 – David and Goliath, Part 2

David confronts Goliath with only his staff, his sling and five smooth stones. David’s shot penetrates Goliath’s forehead and he falls. Then David decapitates Goliath with his own sword, and the Philistines are routed by Israel in a miraculous victory. … Continue reading

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