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Saul (and Jonathan) Die and David Becomes King (story & video)

Saul Dies and David Becomes King - y2_w22

Regime change seems to be difficult sometimes. It was no different in the early years of Israel’s monarchy. King Saul had reigned for a while, then was killed in battle. Normally one of his sons would be installed as the next king, but God had rejected Saul’s kingship and passed it on to David. As David assumes control of the country, some violent things happen. But eventually, over a period of time, David unites the entire land of Israel under his kingship and establishes the capital city of Jerusalem.

This story is rather violent in nature. A lot of killing takes place.

Click Here to watch the version of this story we did 3 years ago.


David Spares Saul’s Life Twice (story & video)

David Spares Saul's Life Twice - y2_w20

King Saul was actively trying to kill David and he had numerous chances. In these two stories (1 Samuel 24, 26), David had a chance to end Saul’s life and chose to follow God and not himself. David would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed.

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David and Jonathan (story & video)

David and Jonathan - y2_w19

David is successful in whatever Saul sent him to do, then Saul got jealous and tried to kill David a number of times. In the process, David and Saul’s son Jonathan became best friends and looked out for each other.

This is the story of that friendship…

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David and Goliath (story & video)

David and Goliath - y2_w18

Young David does what King Saul is supposed to do: fight Goliath, defend Israel. Instead, Saul depends on David to fight for what is right. And David does so with courage and conviction. David would not let Goliath get away with cursing God and His people.

And the compare and contrast saga between Saul and David begins.

Read 1 Samuel 17:1-58

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Story of Jonathan (story & video)

Story of Jonathan - y2_w16

King Saul’s oldest son, Jonathan, was a man of courage and bravery… quite unlike his father! Here is a story about one of his exploits.

Found in 1 Samuel 13:23 – 14:52

Below are 2 videos: the first is from this past Sunday and the second is from 3 years ago when we did this story.

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Saul Disobeys Twice (story & video)

y2_w15 - Saul Disobeys Twice

The Israelites were wrong in asking for a king. After all, God was their king, so choosing a human king pretty much told God where they wanted him to go.

God is gracious and compassionate, and he lets the Israelites have a king: Saul. Through Samuel, he told the people (and Saul) that as long as they obeyed the Law then God would work through Saul and his special people, Israel, to be his representatives in the world.

Saul couldn’t do it. These stories account his failure to obey the Lord.

Saul Becomes King (story & video)

y2_w14 - Saul Becomes King

Samuel turns the nation of Israel around and sets them back on the right path to looking like the actual representatives of God in this world. With the Lord’s help, they conquered the Philistines for a while.

But then Samuel wants to turn leadership over to his sons, but they were evil, so the leaders of Israel wanted a king “like all the other nations have.” So God gives them what they want – a king.