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April 16, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 17 (ESV)

Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him......Continue Reading

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  1. What a great story of faith. David’s faith in God makes what this Philistine is saying unholy and untrue. So rather than shrinking in fear like the rest of the Israelites, including David’s brother(don’t miss the jealousy here, anyone else think of Joseph and his brothers?) So David has the bravery and the faith, but he needs equipment. It is interesting that Saul tries to give him his. It’s a good lesson that we cannot necessarily use the tools someone else has to fulfill God’s call for us. But where God leads He will also supply.

    And the giant falls with a sling and a stone and the power of God. Faith takes what is small and makes it great. God takes what little we bring in faithfulness and obedience and grows it exponentially. What a good reminder of that here.

    And now everyone is shocked and surprised and glad. Who is this kid? Where did he come from? Who is his dad? No one knows now, but soon they will. He is the one God has anointed as king and his true colors and heart are only beginning to show.

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