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The Lord had chosen David as Israel’s next king, but we see right away that Saul’s army would not have it. In the end, they would not prevail either.

The Lord had chosen David as Israel’s next king, but we see right away that Saul’s army would not have it. In the end, they would not prevail either.

BibleGateway: 2 Samuel 2:1-11 ESV Text: 2 Samuel 2:1-11 2 Samuel 2:1–11 (Listen) David Anointed King of Judah 2:1 After this David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” 2 So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 And David…

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Many of us have lost dear friends to death. We weep for them and at the same time thank God for them.

Many of us have lost dear friends to death. We weep for them and at the same time thank God for them.

BibleGateway: 2 Samuel 1:17-27 ESV Text: 2 Samuel 1:17-27 2 Samuel 1:17–27 (Listen) David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan 17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son, 18 and he said it1 should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar.2 He said: 19   “Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places!    How the mighty have fallen!20   Tell it not in Gath,    publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon,  lest the…

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Although David’s enemy was dead, it was a sad day for Israel because Saul had once been the Lord’s chosen king. The mighty can surely fall.

Although David’s enemy was dead, it was a sad day for Israel because Saul had once been the Lord’s chosen king. The mighty can surely fall.

BibleGateway: 2 Samuel 1:1-16 ESV Text: 2 Samuel 1:1-16 2 Samuel 1:1–16 (Listen) David Hears of Saul’s Death 1:1 After the death of Saul, when David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. 2 And on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage. 3 David said to him, “Where do you…

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Peter eventually recognized His sins of denial. May the Spirit grant us to see any sins of denial in ourselves and repent of them.

Peter eventually recognized His sins of denial. May the Spirit grant us to see any sins of denial in ourselves and repent of them.

BibleGateway: John 18:25-27 ESV Text: John 18:25-27 John 18:25–27 (Listen) Peter Denies Jesus Again 25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and…

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We see the contrast between Jesus’ words and Peter’s—Peter’s that He didn’t know the Lord and Jesus’ that He was the Lord.

We see the contrast between Jesus’ words and Peter’s—Peter’s that He didn’t know the Lord and Jesus’ that He was the Lord.

BibleGateway: John 18:12-24 ESV Text: John 18:12-24 John 18:12–24 (Listen) Jesus Faces Annas and Caiaphas 12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews1 arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people. Peter Denies Jesus 15 Simon Peter followed…

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Jesus demonstrates His willingness to suffer for our sins.

Jesus demonstrates His willingness to suffer for our sins.

BibleGateway: John 18:1-11 ESV Text: John 18:1-11 John 18:1–11 (Listen) Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with…

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The Lord is our deliverance and our refuge!

The Lord is our deliverance and our refuge!

BibleGateway: Psalm 71 ESV Text: Psalm 71 Psalm 71 (Listen) Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent 71:1   In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;    let me never be put to shame!2   In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;    incline your ear to me, and save me!3   Be to me a rock of refuge,    to which I may continually come;  you have given the command to save me,    for you are my rock and my fortress. 4   Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of…

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While David was back fighting the Amalekites, Saul lost his battle (and his life) to the Philistines. On the run for “ten chapters” the Lord delivered him from his pursuer for good. God is faithful!

While David was back fighting the Amalekites, Saul lost his battle (and his life) to the Philistines. On the run for “ten chapters” the Lord delivered him from his pursuer for good. God is faithful!

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 31:1-13 ESV Text: 1 Samuel 31:1-13 1 Samuel 31 (Listen) The Death of Saul 31:1 Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 3 The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was badly wounded by the archers….

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Having been sent back, David continued his “private war” against the Amalekites. When things looked bad for him and his army, “David found strength in the Lord his God.”

Having been sent back, David continued his “private war” against the Amalekites. When things looked bad for him and his army, “David found strength in the Lord his God.”

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 30:1-20 ESV Text: 1 Samuel 30:1-20 1 Samuel 30:1–20 (Listen) David’s Wives Are Captured 30:1 Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire 2 and taken captive the women and all1 who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. 3 And when…

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David readied himself to fight with the Philistines against Saul until the Philistines said, “Wait a minute, we’re not sure we can trust this fellow!”

David readied himself to fight with the Philistines against Saul until the Philistines said, “Wait a minute, we’re not sure we can trust this fellow!”

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 28:1-2, 29:1-11 ESV Text: 1 Samuel 28:1-2, 29:1-11 1 Samuel 28:1–2 (Listen) Saul and the Medium of En-dor 28:1 In those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, “Understand that you and your men are to go out with me in the army.” 2 David said to Achish, “Very well, you shall know what your servant can do.” And Achish said to David, “Very well, I will make you…

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