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3. “Michal: Scheming & Rescue”. 1 Samuel 18 (20-30), 19 (11-17) p. 265. Blessing. David has done everything right! But Saul was afraid of him (18:15) God’s presence made his life difficult (18:12) Some critical questions: Does blessing always follow when we do right?

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3. “Michal: Scheming & Rescue”

1 Samuel 18 (20-30), 19 (11-17)

p. 265

blessing
Blessing
  • David has done everything right!
    • But Saul was afraid of him (18:15)
    • God’s presence made his life difficult (18:12)
  • Some critical questions:
    • Does blessing always follow when we do right?
    • What does blessing look like?
    • Is it personally rewarding to be faithful to God?
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1. Scheming
  • David delivers Israel from Goliath.
    • Saul makes him an army commander and then gets jealous (18:15-16)
  • David’s life is hard
  • In the bigger picture God’s purposes are achieved
    • David is fulfilling Saul’s role (1 Sam 8:20)
    • He is not praised by his boss.
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1. Scheming . . .
  • David is doing what is right.
    • Let’s Saul off his promise to marry his daughter (17:25)
  • Saul starts Scheming:
    • Give his daughter as a “snare” (18:21)
    • To get David killed (18:25)
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1. Scheming . . .
  • David acts honourably, faithfully, courageously
    • His reward is harsh (18:28-29)
    • Saul becomes his enemy.
  • Saul reveals his murderous intent (19:1)
    • Tries to kill David with a spear (19:9)
    • Sends soldiers to kill him at home (19:11)
    • Sends soldiers and goes himself to kill David at Ramah (19:21-22)
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1. Scheming . . .
  • David has been loyal, hard working … … but ends up a refugee on the run.
  • Why isn’t God blessing him?
    • Jesus’ warning – persecution (Matt 10:34-39, 24:9)
    • True in Paul’s life (2 Tim 3:10-12)
    • Persecution & opposition – rejoice (Matt 5:11-12)
    • We are part of a cosmic battle (Eph 6:12)
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2. Rescue
  • 3x we are told exactly where God is:
    • “The Lord was with David” (18:12, 14, 28)
    • He is a refugee but God is with him
  • God works to rescue David:
    • Always prevails against the Philistines.
    • Two of Saul’s children side with him.
    • Samuel gives him refuge
    • God intervenes through his Spirit.
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2. Rescue . . .
  • God’s purposes are moving forward –
    • David is driving the Philistines back
    • He is growing in popularity and prominence.
    • There is a greater purpose to David’s life.
  • The same was true of Jesus (John 5:19)
  • We are called to the same (2 Cor 4:11, 5:15, Gal 2:20)
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2. Rescue . . .
  • Presence of God made up for discomforts & dangers
  • We need to break out of the terrible deception:
    • Fullness of our souls not from possessions (Luke 12:15)
    • Wealth is one of the greatest dangers (Luke 8:14)
  • Boldly stepping out in faith produces deep fruit
    • Mature, complete, not lacking anything (Jas 1:2-4)
    • Paul’s instruction to Timothy (1 Tim 6:18-19)
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2. Rescue . . .
  • God turns Saul’s scheming against him
  • God’s presence more than makes up for hardships.
    • David does well spiritually when things are tough.
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2. Rescue . . .
  • God achieves much in/through David’s life:
    • Philistines are driven back
    • David is popular with the people and the army
    • David’s claim to the throne enhanced by marriage
    • David is learning to trust God
    • His first instinct as a refugee is to turn to Samuel.
    • It is an example of Peter’s words (1 Pet 5:6-9).
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2. Rescue . . .
  • God achieves much in/through David’s life:
    • Philistines are driven back
    • David is popular with the people and the army
    • David’s claim to the throne enhanced by marriage
    • David is learning to trust God
    • His first instinct as a refugee is to turn to Samuel.
    • It is an example of Peter’s words (1 Pet 5:6-9).
living it
Living it
  • Started with questions about God’s blessing.
  • Clear lessons from David’s life:
    • Blessing does not always make life easy.
    • We are called to faithfulness no matter if it is easy
    • We have assurance of God’s presence (Matt 28:20)
    • It is not all about us. God has a greater purpose.
    • God works in and through people.
living it1
Living it . . .
  • God works in and through people.
    • David is supported by his men in battle
    • By Jonathan as an advocate
    • By his wife as a rescuer
    • By Samuel as a refuge

The Christian life is not about heroic loners!

living it2
Living it . . .
  • We are about our Father’s business (Heb 12:1-3)
  • What it looks like in our context:
    • Get involved in a home group
    • Come to the retreat