Sunday 2017-02-12

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30

Family of Origin: David

I Samuel 16:1-15

1Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. 2This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroyall that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ” 4So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. 5Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. 6Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites. 7Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt. 8He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. 9But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed. 10Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11“I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night. 12Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.” 13When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.” 14But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?” 15Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”


  • Born in Bethlehem, the 8th and youngest son of Jesse


  • Anointed by Samuel when he was 10-13 to be the next king of Israel


  • Saul’s paranoia about David being ready to take over the throne


  • Fights and takes the life of Goliath, a Philistine ‘giant’ teaching him that God will ultimately defend those who are His


  • Ruled only over the tribe of Judah…..for 7 ½ years


  • After that, both kingdoms claimed him as their king


  • Attacks the Jebusites in Jerusalem and takes over that city….that’s why Jerusalem is called, ‘The City of David’


  • Jerusalem becomes the capital city


  • Led several successful military campaigns


  • Bathsheba and the murder of her husband to cover it up


  • Taking a census to determine the size of his army rather than trusting God


  • His son Solomon is the next ruler


  • 73 of the 150 Psalms are attributed to David


  • There are 974 references to David in the Bible: 54 references to David in the New Testament


Given all of this information, how are we like David?  What ‘family traits’ of David do you want to reflect?



     Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC