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The End of the Spear - 1 Samuel 26:1-25

In 1 Samuel 26, David has a case of dajavu (lit., “already seen”). Chapter 26 is so similar to Chapter 24 that some scholars draw the conclusion that these accounts are one and the same. However, there are too many differences to adopt this view. Instead, Chapter 26 is more like retaking a test in school. If you fail a particular test or want to improve your grade, your teacher may allow you to retake the test. Similarly, when we fail a spiritual test or need to improve our response, God often allows us to retake or repeat the same basic test. I think the reason we find a second incident in Chapter 26 so similar to the one described in Chapter 24 is because God wanted David to retake the same test in order to receive a higher score. 1. David spares Saul’s life…again (26:1-12). 2. David calls out his enemies…again (26:13-25).

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The Dilemma of Saying Yes (Mary) - Luke 1:26-38

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The Dilemma of Doubt (Joseph) - Matthew 1:18-25

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Maid Service in the Mountains - 1 Samuel 25:1-44

Have you ever wanted revenge? Perhaps you’ve been slandered, betrayed, or abused? Have you ever stayed awake all night plotting your enemy’s demise? Well, apparently, you’re not alone. One website offers “revenge at its best” and advertises its services as follows: “The Payback.com is your home for all of your revenge needs.” But does revenge really work? Is it worth it in the end? What does God expect of you and me when people sin against us? In 1 Samuel 25 we’ll study one of the greatest chapters in the Bible and find answers to these questions. 1. David seeks to kill Nabal (25:1-13). 2. Abigail intercedes on David’s behalf (25:14-35). 3. Nabal dies and Abigail marries David (25:36-44).

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Caveman Theology - 1 Samuel 24:1-22

Do you struggle with matters of timing? Are you looking for your next opportunity, your next raise, or your next relationship? Is it hard to be satisfied? David can empathize. He spent ten years running from Saul’s sword. He constantly faced the temptation to upgrade or abort God’s mission for his life. Yet, in 1 Samuel 24 David learned the lesson: God’s timing is everything. 1. David spares Saul’s life (24:1-7). 2. David defends himself to Saul (24:8-15). 3. David agrees to preserve Saul’s descendants (24:16-22).

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