Psalm 2: A psalm in four parts

Why do the nations rageand the peoples plot in vain?The kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers take counsel together,against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,“Let us burst their bonds apartand cast away their cords from us.” Comment: In this first part the narrator of the Psalm, whom in its eternal meaning isContinue reading “Psalm 2: A psalm in four parts”

1 Samuel 19: 1-7…. Jonathan sways his father’s thinking.

And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David. And Jonathan told David, “Saul my father seeks to kill you. Therefore be on your guard in the morning. Stay in a secret place and hide yourself. And I willContinue reading “1 Samuel 19: 1-7…. Jonathan sways his father’s thinking.”

1 Samuel 18: 1-9…. David makes a Friend and a Foe

As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved himContinue reading “1 Samuel 18: 1-9…. David makes a Friend and a Foe”

1 Samuel 17: 44-49….Something new enters Goliath’s head!

The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in theContinue reading “1 Samuel 17: 44-49….Something new enters Goliath’s head!”

1 Samuel 16: 19-23….David in place for future action.

Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.” And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul. And David came to Saul and entered his service. And SaulContinue reading “1 Samuel 16: 19-23….David in place for future action.”

1 Samuel 16: 14-18…Saul meets David.

Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him. And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, a harmful spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man who is skillful in playingContinue reading “1 Samuel 16: 14-18…Saul meets David.”

1 Samuel 16: 6-13… Another king chosen.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’S anointed is before him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, butContinue reading “1 Samuel 16: 6-13… Another king chosen.”

1 Samuel 15: 30-35…Sorry Saul, but….

Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honour me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may bow before the LORD your God.” So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul bowed before the LORD.Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of theContinue reading “1 Samuel 15: 30-35…Sorry Saul, but….”

1 Samuel 15: 1-5…A very specific command.

And Samuel said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now goContinue reading “1 Samuel 15: 1-5…A very specific command.”

1 Samuel 13: 1-5…..Kings and Princes go to war.

Saul lived for one year and then became king, and when he had reigned for two years over Israel, Saul chose three thousand men of Israel. Two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. The rest of the people heContinue reading “1 Samuel 13: 1-5…..Kings and Princes go to war.”