1 Samuel 18

1 Samuel 18 has David continuing to win favor with the people after defeating Goliath.  Jonathan, Saul’s son, has become very fond of David and “the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul”.  Here is a picture of what true friendship should look like.  Saul too loves David and “Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house”.  David becomes part of the royal family.  “Jonathan made a covenant with David….stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt”.

“David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him”.  But there was trouble brewing in paradise.  When David returned from his victory over Goliath, the people were shouting Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands”.  This didn’t sit well with the guy at the top – to be second in favor with the people.  “Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him”.  He was now focused on getting rid of David.  And his changed heart leads to “the next day a harmful spirit from God rushed upon Saul”.

Saul isn’t just irritated with David.  He wants David dead.  “Saul hurled the spear….David evaded him twice”.  Quite a change from the beloved almost adopted son David had become.  But “Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. So Saul removed him”.  He stripped him of power and wants him gone.  But Saul is determined to get rid of him.  He decides to offer “my elder daughter Merab. I will give her to you for a wife. Only be valiant for me and fight the Lord’s battles”.  Saul’s thought was that David may end up dying in battle.

He has an evil plan.  “Let me give her to him, that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him”.  But it didn’t work.  David was effective in killing enough Philistines to win her hand and they are happily married and living together.  “When Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him, Saul was even more afraid of David”.  Things are backfiring all over as Saul tries to manipulate the situation.

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