1 Samuel 23—25
Monstrous jealousy drives Saul, while quiet, inner direction from God guides David. Even when he is enraged by the wicked Nabal and wants revenge, there is a space inside David that listens to the touching intervention of Nabal’s wife, Abigail that frees David to be open to God’s plan.
Here and again in next week’s reading is the principle David invokes for resisting the urge to kill Saul before David himself is killed. David invites us to look beyond the personal character of religious leaders, and respect those whom God has anointed for spiritual leadership, even when they are hardly acting in accord with the anointing. They need more prayer so that they remain faithful.
There are divine principles shining through these chapters as expressed by David and Abigail. How would you put them in your own words as the Spirit prompts?
What are these?
Prayer for the Lord’s anointed 24:6
The Lord between you and me 24:15
May only good be found in me. 25:28
Thy peace flowing from within 25:32ff
This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”
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