King Saul's Rejection of God Leads to David's Anointing as King of Israel (1 Samuel 15-31)

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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.

King Saul’s Rejection of God Leads to David’s Anointing as King of Israel (1 Samuel 15-31)

In this final section of the book of 1 Samuel, we see a cause and effect rhythm set up. Again, remember that God is in control of these events. Watch and learn as we see …

  • As a result of the rejection of Saul as King of Israel, God has Samuel anoint David, the seventh son of Jesse, as the new king of Israel. (16)
  • As a result of the courage of David, God gives David the victory over the giant Goliath. (17)
  • As a result of the victory over Goliath, Saul resents David for the remainder of his days as King, because people admire and respect David more than Saul. (18-20)
  • As a result of the resentment and barely escaping with his life, David finally flees from Saul and remains a fugitive until the death of Saul in battle. (21-31)

While this section reveals the tragedy of Saul’s leadership, it also tells us of God’s love for His people. God is about to bless Israel with the greatest time of their collective history as a nation – 80 years of prosperity and growth! You can trust God today because He always has the future covered and cared for!

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