Thursday, August 29, 2013

1 Samuel 21,22 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 21
Notes on God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). The priest trembled when David arrived, unannounced. (v.1) David's reputation preceded him. Ahimilech knew what David had done and what a great warrior he was. God was increasing David's influence and legacy amongst the people of Israel; God was making His King. 2). David arrived right when there was hot bread from the Lord's presence ready. (v.6) His timing was perfect, though he wouldn't have been able to plan that. God was ordaining his steps, even if David wasn't totally faithful in his actions. David was ready to give up on God, but God wasn't ready to give up on Him. 3). There was a servant of Saul there, his head shepherd Doeg. (v.7) When David saw him, he would remember where God had brought him from. He would know that God was still in control. The devil wanted Doeg there to inform King Saul of David's whereabouts, but God had him there for a better reason, to encourage His future King. 4). Ahilimech gave David the sword of Goliath. (v.9) This was the only weapon they had. David would know it well, for he used it to cut off Goliath's head. This weapon was a part of one of David's great moment sin his life. God was once again reminding him that He was in control. David needed this reminder, and God gave it to him just in time.

1 Samuel 22
Notes on God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - David escaped Gath and went to a cave. (v.1) God took him to a place where they could gather and have shelter. God moved him back to the wilderness where he could be safe and have his family come near. God was still in control. He took him to a cave, a dwelling for animals. In this way, David resembled Jesus, foreshadowing the coming of our King. In the most unlikely places, greatness can be born.

GOD'S PLAN - Abiathar was the only priest to escape the rampage of Doeg on behalf of King Saul. (v.20,21) He ran away and joined up with David and his army of outcasts. God had now brought a priest to David and his men. Although it was through a horrible tragedy, God again brings good out of what was meant for bad.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

1 Samuel 19,20 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 19
Notes on God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). Saul had another evil spirit come upon him from the Lord. (v.9,10) He threw a spear at David and this time David made good his escape. Jonathan had helped them find peace, and God led them to a place of division again. This seems to go against the character of God, but again, God is trying to take David to a time in the wilderness to prepare him to be His King. 2). God moved David away from Saul and Michal. (v.15,16) He wanted to teach David some lessons in the wilderness, and get him away from his home where Michal had kept idols. God was taking him from a place that might have damaged his walk to a place where God would be completely in control. 3). Saul sent 3 groups of men to capture David. (v.19-24)  Each one began to prophecy. Then he went himself, and the same thing happened. God wouldn't let anyone disrupt David's time with Samuel. Again, what Saul meant for evil purposes, God turned into good.

1 Samuel 20
Notes on God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - David knew that he was only a step away from death. (v.3) He ran to Jonathan for help because he couldn't do it on his own. God brought David to a battle where he would once again have to rely on God in order to excel. At times, we might face danger in our lives, and yet still be in the center of God's will.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

1 Samuel 17,18 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 17
Notes on God's Plan

VERSES 1- 58
GOD'S PLAN – 1). The Israelites were on one hillside, the Philistines were on an opposite hilltop, and a valley stood between them. (v.1-3) God had the armies positioned in such a way that every soldier from both sides would see the battle in the valley. God wanted all of the people there to see his champion David rise up in victory. God will use us in ways that others will see and be encouraged as well. 2). David was talking about Goliath, and it went all the way to the king. (v.29,30) The men ridiculed David for his bold talk, but eventually the king heard what he was saying. David's akward conversations might have been uncomfortable for him to endure, but eventually it paved the way for the king to hear and David to get into the battle. God took their bad talk and turned it into a good thing for David. 3). David tended his fathers sheep and protected them from aggressive predators. (v.34,35) God taught him how to protect sheep, to prepare him how to be the leader for his people. God taught him how to kill the lion and the bear so he'd be ready to kill Goliath someday as well. 4). Goliath told David that he would his flesh to the birds and the beast of the field. (v.44) David had already proven his authority over the beasts of the field by destroying the lion and bear in protection of his sheep. When Goliath said that, it probably gave David more confidence and courage. God had prepared David for this great battle through the battles in the field. 5). David triumphed over Goliath. (v.50) He beat Goliath without a sword in his hand. God used David, a small boy, with small toys as weapons, and destroyed the mightiest man at the battleground that day. With God, all things are possible. 6). David used Goliath's own sword to cut off his head. (v.51) What a shame for the Philistines to watch their great warrior vanquished by his own weapon. God will take what is meant for bad and turn it into good.

1 Samuel 18
Notes on God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). The women came out to celebrate their victorious army. (v.6) They weren't allowed to fight on the front lines, so they did their part to make their warriors feel loved and cherished. We all have a role to play in God's kingdom, some might be on stage, some in the seats, some on mic, others in the back. But we all worship together to bring glory to God. 2). God sent an evil spirit to torment Saul. (v.10,11) Eventually, this led to Saul throwing a spear to kill David, and forcing him to flee. God set in motion the events that would move David to the wilderness, a time of God preparing him to be king. Sometimes, the 'bad' things in our lives are orchestrated by God, bringing us to the place He's called us to. 3). Israel loved David because he led them victoriously in their campaigns. (v.16) Saul tried to do away with David by assigning him to the battles far away, but instead, it escalated him to even greater fame and favor with the people. God has a way of turning things meant for bad into good. 4). David became a commander in Saul's army and was more successful than all other officers. (v.30) Because of his success, he became well known and admired by the nation. God was putting David on the national stage and winning him favor, preparing him to become King.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

1 Samuel 15,16 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 15
God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). The army of Israel had grown to an amazing amount of soldiers. (v.4) Now numbering in the hundreds of thousands, they are a powerful force to be reckoned with in that part of the world. God had built His kingdom and was beginning to take His area of land for Israel as well. 2). God tore the kingdom from Saul and prepared to give it to someone else. (v.27) God revealed his plans through the symbolism of Saul's own actions, tearing Samuel's robe. Saul had been given a great gift, but God took it away because of Saul's misbehavior.

1 Samuel 16
God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). God told Samuel to stop mourning, fill his horn with oil, and be on his way. (v.1) He allowed him to mourn for a time, but then moved him on to the next step in His plan. When Samuel heard God say to fill his horn with oil, he would know that God was planning to anoint someone else as king. God moved Samuel on to lift his spirits, and to bring David into the picture. 2). Samuel went through all the present sons of Jesse, but God hadn't chosen any of them. (v.8-10) It might have been discouraging, but Samuel remembered that God had called him to go there, so he asked if there were any others. There are times when we most go through many ordinary things to get to the extraordinary things of God.

VERSES 14-23
GOD'S PLAN - God sent an evil spirit to torment Saul. (v.14) He didn’t just allow it, He caused it, or rather, He instigated it. It may have been an attempt to draw Saul closer to God. It may have been an act to bring David to the palace, where he would meet Saul and get accustomed to royal ways. Or it might have been a form of God’s punishment. It could be for all these reasons all at once. God's plans are multi-dimentional and truly amazing.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

1 Samuel 13,14 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 13
God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - God was testing Saul. (v.13) When Samuel arrived late, God wanted to see what Saul would do. Saul couldn't wait for God and did things his own way. God would have let him be the true King of Israel, but instead He would hand the kingdom to someone else because Saul couldn't be true to God in even the smallest circumstances.

1 Samuel 14
God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - Jonathan and his armor bearer beat 20 men in a very small space. (v.13,14) They were tired from rigorous climbing yet they still won. Obviously the enointing of God was on them empowering them to victory.

VERSES 15-23
GOD'S PLAN - God sent a panic on the Philistine Army. (v.15) They saw that their outpost had been routed, and it sent them into chaos and commotion. God had Jonathan and his armor bearer ignite a fire that would eventually bring down the Philistines. 

VERSES 24-48
GOD'S PLAN - Saul attacked all of the enemies of Israel on every side. (v.47,48) He fought against 6 kingdoms and nations, and God gave him victory in every situation. God was building his kingdom, and using Israel's first king to do it.

VERSES 49-52
GOD'S PLAN - Saul endured years of battles and wars. (v.52) Israel's enemy, the Philistines, were constantly at war with them. God raised Saul up to be King, and his kingdom was full of fighting. God raised up a leader for a difficult time with his people.