THE TRANSITION from the rule of Saul to the kingdom of David is the focus of this week’s study. We see again how Saul proved himself unworthy of the kingship and his multiple attempts to kill David, although David had done nothing to deserve death.
We also discuss the famous confrontation between David and the giant, Goliath of Gath, and two of David’s psalms that date to this period of David’s life.
ISRAEL RECEIVES its first king, who turns out to be something less than ideal. Anointed by Samuel at God’s direction, Saul showed his true colors right from the start by hiding from the people of Israel during their assembly among their baggage.
After an initial victory against Nahash (“the Snake”), king of Ammon, Saul’s insecurity and lack of faith led him to violate the Law, building his own altar and presiding over a sacrifice, and making a rash vow that nearly cost him his oldest son, Jonathan.