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1 Samuel 18

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 1 And it came to pass, when David had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

 2  Saul took David that day and would no longer let him go home to his father's house.

 3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant because Jonathan loved David as his own soul.

 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing and gave it to David, as well as and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his belt.

 5 And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and he behaved himself wisely. Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.1

 6 And it came to pass that as they were coming home, and David was returning from the slaughter of the Philistines, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with instruments of music.

 7 The women danced as they sang, " Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands."

 8 And Saul was very angry because the saying displeased him; and he said, "They have credited to David ten thousands, and to me they have only credited thousands. Now what more can he have except the kingdom itself?"

 9 And Saul looked at David with resentful jealousy from that day and forward.

 10 And it came to pass on the next day that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house; and David played with his hand, as at other times. There was a javelin in Saul's hand.

 11 Saul cast the javelin; for he said, "I will thrust David thru even fastening him to the wall with it." David dodged and escaped out of his presence twice.

 12  Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and had departed from Saul.

 13 Therefore Saul removed him from his presence, and making him his captain over a thousand; and he led out the army and brought them home in the sight of the people.

 14  David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.

 15 Therefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was even more afraid of him.

 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David because he led them into battle and then led their safe return home.

 17 And Saul said to David, "Behold my elder daughter Merab, I will give her to you for a wife; just be valiant for me, and fight the LORD's battles." For Saul thought, "In this way my hand will not harm him, but the hand of the Philistines will be upon him [and hopefully kill him]."

 18 And David said to Saul, "Who am I? What is my life, or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?"

 19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel, the Meholathite, to be his wife.

 20 However, Michal, Saul's other daughter, loved David; and when they told Saul, he was pleased.

 21 And Saul said, "I will give her to him so that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall this day be my son-in-law."

 22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, "Speak with David secretly, and say, 'Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you; now therefore be the king's son-in-law.'"

 23 And Saul's servants spoke those words to David. And David said, "You seem to ignore and treat it as light thing to be a king's son-in-law, considering that I am a poor man and lightly esteemed?"

 24 And the servants of Saul told him how David had replied to them.

 25 And Saul responded to his servants, "Thus shall you say to David, 'The king does not desire any dowry except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines [within a time limit], as vengeance to the king's enemies." But Saul said this in hopes that David would be killed at the hand of the Philistines.

 26 And when his servants told David these words, he was very pleased to be the king's son-in-law; and the days of the time limit had not expired.

 27 Therefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew two hundred men of the Philistines; and David collected their foreskins, and gave them in full number to the king, that he might be the king's son-in-law. So Saul gave his daughter Michal to be David's wife.

 28 Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David.

 29 And yet Saul was even more afraid of David; and so Saul became David's enemy continually.

 30 Then the princes of the Philistines came out for battle; and it came to pass, after they had advanced, that David behaved himself more wisely with more military success than all the other servants of Saul; so that his name was of great repute and respect.


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1 Do you think it is coincidence that David, secretly anointed as King of Israel, is sent for by Saul, made head of Saul's army. Then David wins the favor of all the people. They began to think more highly of David than Saul. Is this an amazing set of coincidences, or does God order all life around his chosen and beloved? God has arranged for his secretly chosen king to become the most powerful man in all Israel, very close to the King, even more highly reputed. God can move all people around in such a way as it does not violate their free will. Everything and everyone is like a pawn in a 10 dimensional chess board, with billions of pieces under control of the master. Those chosen by God are protected by Him while they complete their seeking course; as is written, "all things work together for good for those who love God (or as argued, God loves) and are called according to his purpose." He told me, "All other people, destined for reconciliation after this life, live without protection," and are therefore subject to accidental death, disease, war, etc.

While we are seeking, the creator of the universe is watching over us, protecting us, planning for us, moving the world to our benefit, and always there for us. With this assurance, we know that everything that comes our way is his will for us; and whatever happens, even if it appears to be a problem at the time, we know as it is written, all things work together for good, for those who love God and are called according to his purpose, Rom 8:28; and because we keep his commands, he knows we love him, John 14:23. So we know that everything that happens to us has been willed by God, to help us grow, and we have a peace that is based on the love of God to us. We can cast all of our worries and fears upon him, 1 Peter 5:7, and depend on him to work everything out to our benefit. We have confidence that he is working for us, even when we can't see how it is happening; we know he controls the whole universe, and to work our life to his union, is effortless for him.

When you are committed to following the Lord, hearing Him as you wait on Him, everything that happens to you is permitted by the Lord to bring you to perfection. He will let those around you abuse you in order to teach you to give up anger, resentment, and wanting revenge; and instead to forgive them, just as He forgave those who beat and crucified Him. We must suffer with Him in order to reign with Him. 2 Tim 2:11-12. We have to trust that everything is from Him, which trust is faith; the just shall live by faith, Hab 2:4.

From the Word of the Lord within: "live in the fortress of faith where it doesn't matter if someone gives you a kiss or hits you with a baseball bat," knowing everything that happens to a true seeker is used to help him grow spiritually. So if I get hit with a baseball bat, He expects me to learn the necessity of forgiving: to ignore it, despite the pain suffered and wrongness of the person wielding the bat. Your life is an obstacle course, designed by God, for you to crawl over and through, learning to forgive and love despite the pain and injustice. This life is a boot camp to produce a soldier of love, whose weapon is the sword of the Spirit, the living word of God. When you realize it is God who has allowed, (permitted, not caused or motivated), that person to be rude, ugly, and painful to you, you can easily forgive them because they are just an obstacle of potential resentment, whose offense is to be overlooked, (or if not overlooked, to produce the pain of resentment), thus being used by God to help you spiritually progress.

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