Monday, February 11, 2013

trouble begins

Good morning brothers and sisters,
Yesterday we finished a sermon series on women in the Bible. On Wednesday Lent begins with a prayer vigil from noon to noon Thursday and a short and simple Ash Wednesday service at 6:45. In Lent we face our mortality, we reflect on areas we need to improve on, and we follow Jesus' journey to the cross. The theme for our Lent sermon series is "Facing the Darkness." We start on Sunday with a reflection on difficult relationships. If you have any questions or thoughts or particular areas you'd like to reflect on under that heading, I'd love to hear from you. 

We begin with a classically difficult relationship: the relationship between David and his father in law, King Saul. Our story picks up after David has killed Goliath and has become part of the royal entourage. As we'll see, David immediately connects with Saul's son, Jonathan, but Saul feels threatened by David's success. Behind the scenes we know that God has abandoned Saul and has chosen David to be the next King of Israel, so Saul's fears are actually well founded.

God bless,

1 Samuel 18:1-12
When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. 5David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him; as a result, Saul set him over the army. And all the people, even the servants of Saul, approved.

6As they were coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the towns of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments. 7And the women sang to one another as they made merry, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” 8Saul was very angry, for this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands; what more can he have but the kingdom?” 9So Saul eyed David from that day on.

10The next day an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand; 11and Saul threw the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. 12Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.

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