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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Day 47 - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - 1 Samuel 17- 20 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day 47 

1 Samuel 17 - 20

Bible Time Period:  Royal Kingdom 
You established a kingdom on your servant David and promised him an eternal throne:  Establish your kingdom in our midst.

Lord God, throughout the trials and triumphs of David’s life, he had confidence in Your guiding presence and Your sovereignty over his life.  Give us that same confidence in You, Lord.  The confidence to trust You, the confidence to submit to Your divine authority when we have sinned, and the confidence to trust in Your mercy when we seek Your forgiveness or experience hardship.  David was not a perfect man, but he loved You with all his heart and for that reason You forgave his sins and made him the ancestral father of the Redeemer-Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.  Send Your Spirit to guide us in our study of David’s path to kingship.  We pray in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Agape Catholic Bible Study, 1 Samuel Lesson 7)

David's Early Life
David was the youngest son of Jess of Bethlehem, one of eight brothers.  The name of his mother is not known.  He was the great-grandson of Ruth and Boaz, and his ancestry is recorded in a number of places that demonstrate his descent from the tribe of Judah.  

David was a shepherd in the countryside around Bethlehem in the last years of the second millennium B.C.  The humble nature of his beginnings and the simple life he led was as a shepherd made God's choice of him all the more surprising. When God rejected Saul as king of Israel, Samuel was told to anoint David at Bethlehem, because David was to succeed Saul, an event that was soon followed by the surprising irony of David's being chosen to soothe the troubled King Saul with his music.  The two men one a king, the other destined to succeed him became inextricably drawn together. 

They choice of David as Saul's court minstrel shows one aspect of David's many talents: as a young man he was already famous as a musician, and later he would compose the most memorable poetry in Hebrew literature.  

David demonstrated his skill not only as a musician but as a warrior and royal armor bearer.  He slew the giant Goliath and cut off his head, and he struck down and circumcised two hundred Philistines.  David's success on the battlefield was celebrated by the women of Israel, who chanted, "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands"  popular ditty that inflamed Saul's insane jealousy of David.  Further, Saul's son, Jonathan, formed a unique friendship with David, going so far as to form a covenant of brotherhood with him. 
(Catholic Bible Dictionary, General Editor, Scott Hahn, page 197) 

Today's Reading
1 Samuel 17- 20

Discussion Boards Day 47
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary 1 Samuel 19 - 21


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