Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Celebration

David moves up the ranks

1 Samuel 18:5 "Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander over the men of war, an appointment that was welcomed by the people and Saul’s officers alike."

The People celebrate the victory - and their new hero!

6 "When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals.[a] 7 This was their song:

“Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his ten thousands!”

The Victory was a Personal Defeat for Saul. He is Fuming!

8 "This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” 9 So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David."

Saul tries to kill the Hero of Israel

10 "The very next day a tormenting spirit[b] from God overwhelmed Saul, and he began to rave in his house like a madman. David was playing the harp, as he did each day. But Saul had a spear in his hand, 11 and he suddenly hurled it at David, intending to pin him to the wall. But David escaped him twice."

Saul, who has all the power, all the army - is afraid of David!

12 "Saul was then afraid of David, for the Lord was with David and had turned away from Saul. 13 Finally, Saul sent him away and appointed him commander over 1,000 men, and David faithfully led his troops into battle.

14 David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord was with him. 15 When Saul recognized this, he became even more afraid of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David because he was so successful at leading his troops into battle."

One of the oddest segments of history ensues.

Saul is truly bipolar at this point in his life.

He loves David/ He tries to kill David.

He promotes David/ He hates David.

He gives David his daughter as wife to reward David/ He later takes her away.

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