Saturday, June 10, 2006

David ~ With Sword and Harp

The story about Saul and David [1 Kings 16 ff] reads like a drama script. Been reading only one or two paragraphs a day, but the suspense keeps mounting. What lessons we can learn from this David!

6 comments:

No Longer Available said...

I too agree .. and the tangent reading will keep you in the Book for a long time. In my study and teaching of the Bible my methods have been to place Books into logical or historical divisions. Books do fall into different key thoughts depending on arrangements of Hebrew verses English. But the story in the story of Kings for me has been, not only the reigns of Saul ,David, and Solomon, but of God's nation from Judges to a United Kingdom Stage and a genealogy all Christians should hunger to know and understand. BMc

Anonymous said...

Somehow I have a difficult time posting and lose the post in the end;then I have to find the site all over again..the trials of learning how to operate one of these machines!!!!

anyway RE:..Saul & David..

2 very ordinary men made great by the anointing of God.

One turns out a loser..Big time, the other turns out a saint!

Saul committed some egregious, reprehensible acts ...but David's sins were HUMONGOUS.

Both were sinners, but the difference I see between the 2 was sorrow for sin,repentence, and humility on David's part.

The HUMAN CONDITION. God's Provision.
(now here's hoping I don't lose this again...here goes...)
ccheryl

Charles said...

A suggestion for you, CCheryl:
After you write your comment don't fail to copy it. That way you can recall it easily in case it gets lost.

Charles said...

It bothers me to see that David could be such a ruthless warrior.

Anonymous said...

Yes. And when we read those beautiful psalms and then, like running into a brick wall we come to the phrases which ask God to rain down curses on the enemy and their kids! "A pox on you and your house, fleas in your bed, the sword running your sons through!"

I tend to skip over those parts in the "imprecatory psalms "lest one day I automatically pray them when the psalm comes to mind during a tough situation. (just joking) Some say that it is not really a prayer, but a statement of what will happen to such at the end of time. I dunno 'bout that. Seems to me like David's doing some earnest praying for enemy payback!

I tend to stick with the kinder, gengtler ones like my all time favorite Ps 139.

Psalm 69 the THE Crucifixion Psalm. But notice at verse 23 we can suddenly imagine Jesus , rather than praying for curses, saying "Father, forgive them..."

I guess I say all that to say this: I pick and choose from the psalms and most of my reading for the past few years has been New Testament, especially the Gospels.

hope you do not mind the long comments at times, Charles. I tend to get carried away at times.

Please do drop by Catholic-Pushing-Sixty.

Anonymous said...

This is something for Hollywood ! Like to see it on the screen.