Book of Samuel, Chapter 16


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Book of Samuel, Chapter 16

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The Rise of David. An interesting dialogue between God and Samuel. The nature of scriptural embellishments. The Hebraic/moralistic mindset. God's choice for king. Samuel's concern over establishing a new administration (David's monarchy) before the previous one (Saul) is removed, this is tantamount to treason and, under the law, is punishable by death. God's plan for a cover-up, the lessons of realism and practicality, we learn from this. We are introduction to a rambunctious teen-ager, who at this time is in his early teens (unlike those who believe David is at this time 28). God's emphasis on character over appearances. David's psychic transformation, similar to Samson. Saul's bout with mental illness, depression, if not bi-polarism, brought on by God, in the same way as Nebuchadnezzar was struck with mental illness. The Hand of God touches the minds of men, for either blessing or curse. David, brings music which brings relief. Now, we have the new and old together. We have here the conception of the new king, in concealment in the womb of destiny, as he grows and matures, eventually to be born, and with him a new and everlasting dynasty.
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