Sons in the Bible: Sons of King Saul

King Saul had six sons that we know of.  With his wife, Ahinoam, he had two daughters {Merab and Michal} and four sons: Jonathan—means God has given; described as a man of great strength and swiftness, excelled in archery and slinging; he was best friends with David; “Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself” {1 […]

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One Last Chance: King Saul

King Saul began with so much potential, but ended in disgrace. The people of Israel wanted a king.   God asked them if he wasn’t enough but the people were persistent.  God finally agreed to their demands.  Saul, the son of Kish, was appointed king by God and anointed by the prophet, Samuel.  Samuel anointed him in private. Later, the people […]

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Lessons from King David: Death of David

As David grows old and his days are numbered, his son Adonijah attempts to take his throne. Bathsheba goes before David to plead the case for her son, Solomon. “The king solemnly promised, “As God lives, the God who delivered me from every kind of trouble, I’ll do exactly what I promised in God’s name, the God of Israel: Your […]

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Lessons from King David: Caring for Others

David was king and Saul was long dead, but David had not forgotten him. “One day David asked, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family? If so, I’d like to show him some kindness in honor of Jonathan.” {2 Samuel 9:1} David was reminded of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth is described as “lame in both feet.” {2 Samuel 9:3} Mephibosheth […]

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Lessons from King David: Waiting on God

David has been anointed as the future king, killed Goliath and soothed Saul’s inner spirits. David is now married to King Saul’s daughter, Michal. When Saul desires to murder David, Michal helps him escape. {1 Samuel 19} David went first to Samuel and then his best friend {Saul’s own son}, Jonathan helped David to escape. {1 Samuel 20} David continues […]

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Lessons from King David: A Hero

David has defeated the Philistine giant, Goliath. Saul sets David over “the men of war” and the people love him. As they are going through the city, the women come out to greet them. “And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” {1 Samuel 18:7} Saul is […]

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Lessons from King David: Goliath

At some point David has returned to the fields and his sheep. 1 Samuel 16:17 tells us that Jesse’s three oldest sons {Eliab, Abinadab and Shammah} have followed Saul into battle. The Philistine’s are torturing Saul and his men. For forty days he “drew near morning and night”. Jesse asked David to take his brothers some food. David does as […]

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Lessons from King David: Gift of Music

David has been anointed by the Lord {1 Samuel 16} and the Lord is with him. However, an evil spirit has come upon Saul. Saul’s men do not know what to do about Saul and this evil spirit. One of them has heard of a son of Jesse and described him as “cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, […]

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Lessons from King David: Shepherd Boy

Let’s set a little bit of history for when we first meet David. Saul has angered the Lord, who has promised to take the throne from Saul. At the beginning of 1 Samuel 16, the Lord ask Samuel how long he will mourn for Saul. The Lord then tells Samuel to go to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for among his sons […]

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Wives of King David: Merab, the Almost Wife

Merab was the oldest daughter of King Saul and his wife, Ahinoam.  {Most likely a different woman than David’s wife, Ahinoam of Jezreel.}  Her name means abundant in the Hebrew language. Merab was promised to David by her father, King Saul, upon his victory over Goliath.  However, this marriage never seems to have taken place.  We are not told exactly […]

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Wives of King David: Ahinoam of Jezreel

Ahinoam was the first wife David married after he left Michal to flee for his life.  She is always listed as Ahinoam of Jezreel. She is often confused with “Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz” {1 Samuel 14} who was King Saul’s wife.  There is no proof these two women are the same. We know Ahinoam was from the area of Jezreel, […]

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King David

King David is one of the most interesting men in scripture. He transforms from a young shepherd boy, to a confident teen that slays Goliath, into a man on the run for his life, and finally to the King of Israel. He was anointed at a young age, but had to wait many years for that promise to be fulfilled.  […]

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