Precept on Precept
I started a 1 Samuel precept earlier this year and it has been absolutely crazy. The amount of detail placed in the scripture is impeccable. And God's promises that span generations amplified by this detailed note taking...its almost too much to bear.
Here are some small details that really opened my eyes to David's story:
1. In 1 Samuel 16:26, David isn't just name calling when he says "who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?" David mentions this detail because in that time, circumcision was the physical mark of the covenant God has with His people. It appalled David that a man who was not a part of this covenant and was not under God's protection would dare to taunt a people that were quiet obviously backed by God.
2. David and Jonathan's bond was not random. They didn't just see each other and decide to be the best of friends. Jonathan makes a similar remark about the Philistines in 1 Sam 14: 6, "Come let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the Lord will work for us..." Jonathan and David were bonded by their faith in God and ability to go into battle with a certainty that the battle is the Lord's.
3. In 1 Samuel 21: 6, Ahimelech the priest gives David consecrated bread to eat. This is the bread that was only for the priest and it was actually Ahimelech's portion of the bread, this act of compassion by Ahimelech is noted by Jesus in Matthew 12:4-7 when Jesus says that He desires Mercy not sacrifice.
4. Psalm 34 that states "I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise will always be on my lips;" was written by David when he escaped Saul and was imprisoned in Gath and had to act like a sick and drooling insane person just to avoid being killed by the king. This beautiful Psalm full of praise and hope was inspired during a time when David was so afraid for his life. It teaches us what most of the Psalms ultimately point toward; trust God in the midst of all your fears. 1 Sam 21:10-15
5. In 1 Samuel 22: 3, David treks across the Dead Sea to leave his family in the safety of Moab where his great grandmother Ruth is from. I've read the story of David so many times but until this detailed study it didn't sink in that Ruth and David were connected that way. It seems as though eons have passed between the story of David and the story of Ruth but when we pay close attention, we realize that every person mentioned in the word is connected. Nothing is random and that is just another example of God's perfect planning.
These are just very small details that I gathered from a couple of scriptures. I really recommend a precept study. The small details of the Bible can reveal some big mysteries of God if you study it prayerfully. One of the most important ways to Feed Your Soul is through God's word.