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Calling The Outcasts (1 Samuel 20:1-22:5)

We have been studying 1 and 2 Samuel and seeing pictures of the anointed and how God is going to save the world. In 1 Samuel 20-21 we will see David experience all kinds of difficulties and the pursuit of Saul intensifies. As we read we are going to consider two teaching pictures as we move through each chapter. First, we are being shown a picture of what the anointed must endure. God is showing that his anointed must go through suffering and difficulty before finally ascending to the throne. Second, we are being challenged to have the faith to follow the anointed. For all that the anointed one, David, experiences, we are going to see who will follow him in spite of his sufferings. Open your copies of God’s word to 1 Samuel 20 and let us begin looking at these pictures.

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Pride Problems (Genesis 9-11)

Genesis 9 opens with a new hope. Remember that the world has been completely flooded as a judgment for the people’s wickedness. The only creatures who survived this judgment were Noah and his family along with the animals that were taken on to the ark with them. Now Noah and his family have exited the ark and God made a covenant with humanity that as long as the earth exists he will not destroy all flesh. We are left with a new hope for humanity because sin has been judged and wickedness has been cut off. Now people will learn God’s message and all people will live according to their life purpose: be an image bearer of God throughout the earth.

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Jealousy (1 Samuel 18-19)

David has defeated Goliath, leading to Israel’s victory over the Philistines. David’s success as given to him by the power of the Lord will change David’s life. First, we see Jonathan, the son of Saul builds a relationship with David. Jonathan becomes so connected to David that he loves him like he loves himself. Now many have tried to import their 21 century thinking into this text and suggest more than the text reveals. Love in ancient Near Eastern culture is not about mere feelings like we often speak of it. Rather, love speaks to loyalty and faithfulness. Jonathan is going to loyal to David like he would be to himself. Jonathan makes a covenant with David, stripping his robe and giving it to David. This is a monumental declaration. Jonathan is the son of King Saul and is the heir to the throne. But Jonathan gives David his princely robe, indicated he has relinquished this legal status. Jonathan will be loyal to David as Jonathan understands that David is the rightful heir to the throne because God has anointed him to be the next king. Jonathan understands that David is the heir apparent and God’s chosen one.

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Believe In Prayer (James 5:13-18)

On many occasions throughout his sermon, James addresses Christians who are going through suffering. James has taught Christians to embrace suffering as a way to let God produce endurance within us so that we can become spiritually mature. He has taught Christians to be patient as they wait for the coming of the Lord. Embrace the wait for the wait will be worth it. As James ends his sermon he wants to bring in one more important element for our lives during times of difficulty: prayer. James wants us to believe in prayer. One of the reasons I think we can fail to pray is because we do not believe in prayer. What good does it do to pray? What is the point? I think it is a natural question that sometimes rises up within us.

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