God decides to test Saul one last time. He tells him to attack a nearby land and kill everything--leaving nothing alive and taking no plunder. Well Saul brings the king of the land back alive and keeps some of the best sheep and cattle for "sacrifice". His disobedience leads God to reject him as king and Samuel finished off the king as Saul should have done. The passage says that God "grieves" over making Saul king. I wonder how many times God has grieved over my actions?? Probably more than anyone can count.
God sends Samuel out to annoint the next king from the line of Jesse. Jesse lines up all his sons--strong, tall, good looking, etc. Samuel stops at each one, convinced that one of them is perfect. But God reminds Samuel that (and this part is my favorite!) "The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." In comes little David from tending the sheep and BINGO! he's anointed.
I'm a little confused abuot what happens next since I thought that Saul was removed from his kingly position.. but--Saul becomes tormented and decides a little harp will soothe his soul. He hears about David and sends for him to play for him. By this point, I thought Saul was removed from king and David was anointed king, but I must be missing something here.
The Philistines line up once again for battle and Israel follows suit. This time, instead of battling it out themselves, the Philistines send out their best warrior--Goliath. They want to make a deal; he wins-Israel becomes their servants; Israel wins-the Philistines become their servants. Seems like a pretty easy idea until you realize Goliath is 9 freaking feet tall and covered head to toe in the most amazing armor ever. Every day for 40 days, Goliath comes out and stands, waiting for an opponent to step forward from Israel.
David's dad send him with some food to check on his brothers and see how the army is doing. Being the youngest, his brothers get mad and accuse him of getting in the way and just wanting to watch the battle. Davide decides to show them and tells Saul that he will fight Goliath himself. He doesn't understand why Israel is working themselves up over someone who defies the army of God. His faith and courage is unbelievable. David convinces Saul he can win because he's killed a lion and a bear before...seems like a pretty good resume to me. Saul agrees and outfits him in the best armor--but David isn't used to armor and takes it all off and goes into battle armed with 5 smooth stones and his shepherd's clothing.
Goliath laughs when he sees him--this will be an easy win. But David shouts that he comes in the name of the Lord and will defeat him. With one swift movement, he slings a rock and kills Goliath in one blow. After he tumbles down, David takes out Goliath's sword and cuts off his head. Kind of a bloody moment, but hey, he's a kid and just shut a lot of people up so I'll go with it. Its a part of the story they don't tell in Sunday School--David always gets Goliath but you never hear about him cutting off his head... good for you David... good for you.
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