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David Already Met King Saul

Earlier in the day, as David was choosing his stones and bravely approaching the Philistine, Saul asked his cousin Abner, who was general of the army, where David came from.

Saul: Abner, who is that young man’s father?

Abner: I swear to you, my king, I don’t know.

Saul: Well, find out who his father is.

When David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner brought him in front of Saul holding the head of the Philistine.

Saul: Who is your father, young man?

David: I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem (vv. 55-58).

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Categories: 1 Samuel, david, Saul

David Volunteers for King Saul

When news of David’s valiant words reached the king, Saul sent for David.

David (to Saul): Don’t let anyone be frightened because of that man. I am your servant, and I will go and fight with him.

Saul: Don’t be ridiculous—you can’t fight the Philistine. You’re only a youth, and he has been a warrior since his childhood. You lack age and experience.

David: I work as a shepherd for my father. Whenever a lion or a bear has come and attacked one of my lambs, I have gone after it and struck it down to rescue the lamb from the predator’s mouth; if it turned to attack me, I would take it by the chin, beat it, and kill it. I have killed both a lion and a bear; and as your servant I will kill this uncircumcised Philistine, too, since he has dared to taunt the armies of the living God.

The Eternal One, who saved me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.

Saul: Go then, and may the Eternal One be with you!

So Saul outfitted David in the king’s own armor: a bronze helmet to protect his head and a coat of mail to protect his chest. David strapped on Saul’s sword outside the armor and then discovered he could not move because he was not used to therestrictions of the weighty armor.

David: I’m not used to these things. How can I attack an enemy when I can’t even walk? So he removed every bit of Saul’s armor. He would fight the Philistine as he had fought those lions and bears.

He took his staff in his hand and went to the stream to choose five smooth stones, which he kept in a pouch in his shepherd’s bag. He had his sling ready as he approached the Philistine (vv. 31-40).

Categories: 1 Samuel, david, Saul

Two False Prophets and a Proconsul

In verses 6-12, we learn that two people–Bar-Jesus and Elymas–are in a position to oppose the gospel message directed toward Sergius Paulus, the local political leader.

Holy Spirit Commission

It’s fitting that on this Pentecost Sunday, the reading from verses 1-5 focuses on the role of the Holy Spirit in commissioning Barnabas and Saul from among the many faithful missionaries in place at Antioch.

Outline of Acts 13

  1. Barnabas and Saul are commissioned from a group of  faithful missionaries
  2. Travels around the region
  3. Elymas goes blind
  4. Sergius Paulus believes
  5. More travel
  6. Paul teaches in the synagogue
  7. Paul teaches in the synagogue again and gets opposed
  8. Paul takes the good news to the Gentiles

On the Same Page

Barnabas and Saul haven’t had their big fight about Mark yet.

“Barnabas and Saul finished their mission and returned from Jerusalem, taking John Mark with them” (verse 25).

Barnabas and Saul

In verses 22-26, we see Barnabas and Saul teaming up for the first time.

They are powerhouses in the growth of the early Church.

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