1 Samuel 17 – Seeing things as they really are

Passage: 1 Samuel 17

Summary

1 Samuel has been all about looking for a leader and we re-join in the middle of a leadership crisis. Saul has been made the first king of Israel by popular demand – but things have not gone well.
In fact, even the selection of Saul was flawed to begin with. The people had demanded a king to bring stability and security and to ‘make them like all the nations around them’.
But – as we saw before Easter – Saul had been disobedient to God’s commands and been rejected by God, but he is still functioning as the people’s King.
Behind the scenes, however, a new King has now been chosen by God and anointed at Bethlehem by the prophet Samuel. He’s nothing special on the outside – he’s small, the youngest of 8 sons, but God has chosen to use him as the next King of Israel and He’s put His Spirit on him.
So you may say our passage this morning is a tale of two Kings. The stage has been set for small David to replace tall Saul. So let’s see what happens next.

My Best Reads of 2016

In what has become a tradition on my blog, I hereby present my top 5 books of 2016 for your perusal.

Before getting to the books though, I just wanted to answer the question “How do I come up with this list?”

Well, there are a few criteria that these books meet. Primarily, these books are ones that have either:

  • changed/enhanced my worldview
  • challenged/developed my understanding
  • books that I want to share with others

So, without further adieu, here are ‘my best reads of 2016’!

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