In the midst of the betrayal of Absalom and many of his close associates, one great question arises: Will King David remain loyal to God and his covenant?
Peter’s call to action is a call to renew our Hope and the pursuit of Holiness, both of which will be brought to perfection on the day of Christ’s return.
David first needed the protection of Jonathan's friendship, and then God's spirit among the prophets, and now the covenant he made with Jonathan which reflects the Covenant of Grace that God has with David's descendants.
As we consider the friends that David acquired and subsequently lost following his encounter with Goliath, we will see what a friend we have in Jesus and the loyalty that we owe to him.
1 Samuel 14 is an account of faith and folly. Jonathan shows us how to live and act in covenant faithfulness. Saul’s foolishness is a warning about living and acting in our own wisdom and strength.
1 Samuel 12 outlines a pattern of covenant renewal in which we see the basic shape of the Gospel and the pattern of Christian worship on a Sunday morning.
In 1 Samuel 10-11, Samuel prepares and presents Saul to Israel as their king. In order for Saul to be effective in facing his challenge he must have the four keys to kingship: a sense of calling, sacrifical love, a sense of the power and presence of God and sustained courage to act.
1 Samuel 9 reveals God’s faithful providence in history and in our lives. We live and serve in the confidence of God’s calling and faithfulness.
Although God had promised Israel a king to point toward the greater reign of Christ over the nations and to bind the people ever closer to the covenant, Israel’s demand for a king like all the other nations sprang from another motive – the desire for an alternate sovereign to get them further away from God. The scriptures show however, that any attempt to replace the sovereignty of God with another source of sovereignty can only lead to decay and the collapse of freedom. The modern West is testament to these consequences.
The captivity and return of the ark of God is a warning to us about the heavy hand of God’s presence and convenient, compromised, and careless worship before him.