This is a continuation of my ongoing report. I recently decided to listen to the Bible in an effort to gain a closer relationship with God. I purposefully listen not with the intent to study. I have a hard time reading the Bible I just start looking things up and I don't make much progress. I am listening to the Bible Experience (http://www.inspiredby.com/) which is a dramatized NIV version with many famous African American leaders, singers, actors and artists. (Even Samuel L. Jackson) As I listen through the Bible, hopefully I will make it all the way through, I will post notes and thoughts I have.
What does it mean when it says Samuel did not know the Word of the Lord when he was young?
Israel wanted a king and asked Samuel for one. He tried to talk them out of it and God said they rejected Him not Samuel. Samuel warned about following a man and not God. However, they insisted. It made me wonder how many times instead of being lead by God we turn to man to lead us. Isn't that similar to the Pope? Instead of letting God lead us we wanted a man to lead us.
It appears the Ark of the Covent has moved around a bit.
Warfare seems to be the same as it is today. Keep technology out of the hands of your enemies. The Philistines had blacksmiths but Jews were not allowed to have blacksmiths.
This word ephod (אֵפֹד) kept coming up David used it to ask guidance of God. I was think it was the priests outfit from Exodus. I looked it up and I was right. Doesn't it sound strange that David would call for the vestments of the priest to ask guidance of God? Could it be that it is a figure of speech for something different?
Many of the people asked God for a sign and He granted the signs. The point is people said if this turns out this way you want me to make this choice. Why don't we do this today?
God's favor left Saul after he disobeyed God. Samuel confronted Saul and told him that he had not followed what God told him to do and Saul argued that he did follow what God wanted he just had a different interpretation.
Glimpses of God's character in this book
God said He is not a human that He should change His mind.
God looks at a man’s heart not his/her appearance.
God sent an evil spirit on Saul. What type of spirit? Is this literal or figurative? Was it what we would call mental illness?
Why did David pick up 5 stones when he went to slay Goliath?
Can a sling kill a man? Yes it can, I saw it on the History channel.
Why did Saul ask who David was after he killed Goliath? He tried to put the armor on David to go fight Goliath? Was it a rhetorical question? Did Saul have mental issues? Is the story out of chronological order?
Saul wanted to have the Philistines kill David and offered his daughter to him if David would bring back 100 Philistines foreskins. Why foreskins? That is actually gross.
Jonathan is good friend with David. They were very close. Was there something more to their relationship?
Saul's daughter David's wife help David escape and placed an idol in the bed so they would think it was David. Is it just me that wonders why there is an idol readily available in David's house? David may have been living in the house of Saul. Still, do they just have idols lying around everywhere?
David made an interesting statement in chapter 21 when he says his men's bodies are holy (clean) even when their mission is not?
David could have killed Saul twice and did not.
Do we know where Samuel was buried?
The witch of Endor (was she an Ewok?) Did she actually summon up Samuel? How?
Samuel told Saul he would be with him. Where was Samuel after he died that Saul should be with him?
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