C as the date of the division of the kingdom after Solomon the dates for

C as the date of the division of the kingdom after

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C . as the date of the division of the kingdom after Solomon, the dates for Israel’s first three kings are as follows: Saul reigned forty years (Acts 13:21) (1050–1010 B . C .); David reigned forty years (2 Sam. 5:4) (1010–970 B . C .); and Solomon reigned forty years (1 Kings 11:42) (970–931 B . C .), Hughes and Laney (2001:110 -111). 1-2 Samuel were originally one unbroken book, which begins with the ark at Shiloh and ends at the purchase of the temple site in Jerusalem. 5
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ReadGHL_Historical Books The original unity of Samuel is vital to maintain for understanding the original and God-given message of the book, Hughes and Laney (2001:110 -111). 5.2 The Story of Saul and David (1 Samuel 16 - 31) One day there was two men, one was David and the other was king Saul. David was a perfect example of a righteous person who will patiently and faithfully wait upon the Lord. king Saul, on the other hand, was some one who relied on his own strength and wisdom, for he was in command of an army. So it happened that Samuel anointed David with oil, which was symbolic of the Holy Spirit anointing him (16:13). This anointing symbolizes God’s special favour to David as he was supposed to become king. Also David got appointed to become king Saul’s armour-bearer (16:21). David was now in the army of God and in that time there was a giant with the name Goliath. Goliath was very tall and was blocking the path of the Lord’s army (1 Samuel 17:4-5). David realised what was important and saw an opportunity to make great the name of God (17:45). So David went before goliath with faith and conquered him before thousands of people. The women from the cities of Israel who were celebrating sang, “Saul has defeated thousands but David tens of thousands!”, with this Saul became angry and kept an eye on David (1 Samuel 18:7-9). The next day an evil spirit from the Lord God seized Saul and Saul took a spear and threw it towards David, but David away twice, for the Lord was with him. Saul made David captain of the regiment to lead the troops into and out of the battles. David escaped Saul a second time when he was requested to kill one hundred philistines (18:25). Jonathan, David’s friend helped him escape Saul’s spear again (19:1-10) and then Michal, who was in love with David, helped David escape Saul’s plan for his assassination. Now David was an outcast and a fugitive, Saul was obsessed with killing David and tried time after time (22 -23). There was also a time where David spared Saul’s life three times, (24:1-22), a time when David was spared from rash vengeance (25:1-44) and also when David again speared Saul (26:1-25). 6
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ReadGHL_Historical Books The lessons we can learn from this story is that God cares for his chosen people and keep a look-out for them. He protects, provides and leads them. Also we learn that with faith and obedience you can so much more, because God is on your Side, Hughes and Laney (2001:119 -121). 5.3 The Davidic Covenant – 2 Samuel 7 Abrahamic promise The Davidic covenant took up the nation and blessing aspects (Gen. 12:1–3) and focused them on one individual—the king of Israel. The Davidic covenant promised David an eternal house, an eternal throne, and an eternal kingdom, guaranteeing that the right to rule over Israel would always belong to one of David’s descendants (cf. Luke 1:31–33),
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