David and Saul

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This is going to be a rough account of two biblical superstars, who have similarities that are baffling, they both are raised by a family of herders; and both of them had been anointed by Samuel while attending their livestock. Similar accounts of murder, regret, depression, both did things the Lord advised them not to do. I will illustrate how man runs a kingdom, and the other how God runs a kingdom.
Let’s start this adventure by illustrating some character flaws by reenacting “David and Goliath”. David yet a youth has challenged the Philistine Goliath with the courage of ten armies and faith to match; holding five smooth stones, (1 Sam 17: 49) “sinking one into the Philistine’s forehead killing him instantly”. While Saul is acting as a giant among obedience, David is a giant among men, now paraphrasing Samuel (1 Sam 17:16) he had sequestered himself in a tent for forty days protecting himself from harm, and offering his armor to the youth David. Saul didn’t feel the need to depend on God, he had no personal experience to equate with this encounter. David defended the family sheep against marauding lions and bears, which gave him a dependency to God’s protection. Saul had a immense physique when compared to the rest of Israel, he was a warrior, and yet failed to measure a person for their inner qualities instead he measured the person for their size, capabilities and skills. David was adept to more capable forces such as the more able beasts, and he knew dimensions were not the only issue.
Saul was self denying and defied his own kingship before it started. (1 Sam. 9:21). Saul's sense of his own lowliness, his own un- worthiness, becomes a mental block that prevents him from psychologically ever becoming a king. The narrator observes that "God gave him another heart" (1 Sam. 10:9), hence the potential to become a real king, but Saul remains basically…...

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