by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 34   I.         We usually think about the victories of David and see his life through that lens             A.        He defeated Goliath             B.        He won amazing battles over the Philistines             C.        He became king over all of Israel             D.        But we forget how difficult David’s life was reaching that point II.        The situation             A.        King Saul…

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Text: I Corinthians 1:26-29   I.         The armies of the Philistines and the Israelites faced each other across a valley – I Samuel 17:1-3             A.        With both armies camped on mountains, it became a standoff. Whoever attacked the other would be at a disadvantage.             B.        Thus, the Philistines sent out their champion issue a challenge and break the…

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Question: In I Chronicles 21, why was it a sin for David to take a census? Answer: “When you take a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for himself to the LORD, when you number them, so that there will be no plague…

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Question: I was preparing for a children’s class and came across an article you had written about the age of David when he took on Goliath and found it to be helpful. Thanks. I came upon your site by accident and glad it happened. I am an elder at a church of Christ. Our meeting…

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Question: Just a quick question, I’m curious as to what your thoughts are. Do you believe that Bathsheba had some scheme in mind or was just as guilty as David was by bathing where she could be seen? After all, she was on her own property and perhaps, did not realize that someone would be watching…

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Question: Did Solomon and David have widows in the many wives and concubines they married? Answer: David married Abigail, the widow of a man name Nabor (I Samuel 27:3). He also married Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah (II Samuel 12:15), whom David had arranged to be killed.

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Question: In II Samuel 24:1-2, it was written that David commanded Joab to take a census of Israel. After the census was taken, in II Samuel 24:10, David knew that he had sinned and God sends a pestilence upon Israel as a consequence. Why did God consider David commanding a census of Israel sin? And…

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Question: I’m now reading II Samuel and I am confused about David’s children. In II Samuel 5:14, the passage reads that one of the names of the eleven children born in Jerusalem was Solomon. In II Samuel 12:24, the passage reads that Bathsheba gave birth to another Solomon. My question is which of these two…

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Question: In I Samuel 19:13, why was there an idol in David and Michal’s house? I know Saul erected a monument for himself in Carmel (I Samuel 15:12). Did Saul and his children worship other gods? Answer: The Hebrew word teraphim is often translated as a “household idol,” but some translators, such as Koehler-Baumgartner, think that it…

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