1 Samuel – Chapter 16: Samuel Anoints David

Saul is now out as God’s lackey and David is about to replace him.  This is David as in David and Goliath fame.

“Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, ‘Do you come in peace?’” – 1 Samuel 16:4

A valid question given all the killing God commands the Israelites to commit.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” – 1 Samuel 16:7

ROFL!  What a lie!  We learned earlier in the Bible God detests damaged testicles.  Of course God looks at the outward appearance of people.  There’s also all the rules on shaving and one’s hair length.

“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” – 1 Samuel 16:13

David is now officially God’s chosen one to lead the Israelites.

“Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.” – 1 Samuel 16:14

Once again, Saul has no control over his actions.  God is fully in control of Saul.  If Saul does evil it is the result of God.  God is the one committing evil, not Saul.

“Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.” – 1 Samuel 16:16

WTF?  Playing a lyre removes evil spirits?  This is a joke right?  And the servant who can play the lyre?  David!

“Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.” – 1 Samuel 16:23

LOL!  Give the God of the Bible credit for creating one messed up storyline!

To end, this chapter introduces us to David who is God’s new lackey.

Coming Soon: 1 Samuel – Chapter 17: David and Goliath

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