David is Anointed and Starts Slaying Giants
1 Samuel 16 and 17
From the previous 2 episodes...Samuel had anointed Saul as king. Everything started out fine, but Saul soon developed a disdain for God's authority over him. God recognized that Saul's heart was not in the right place, so God removed him as king. Somebody new needed to be anointed, although Saul would not just abandon the thrown.
1 Samuel 16:1
Why was Samuel mourning? He had high hopes for Saul and for his leading God's nation...but he was let down.
1 Samuel 16:2-5
Why was Samuel afraid to go and anoint a new king? What does this fear reveal about Saul's character. How do the people of Bethlehem react when the prophet shows up? Why? What does this tell us about the job of being a prophet? Jesse and his sons are told to consecrate themselves for the sacrifice. What does consecrate mean?
1 Samuel 16:6-13
Why does Samuel think Eliab must be the chosen one? Where was David? Why had his family not called him in from the field? What can you say about the difference between how his family regarded him and how God did? What does that mean for us?
There is a new battle brewing with the Philistines...
1 Samuel 17:4-11
How big was Goliath? What do you think of his proposal?
The standoff continues for a long time. David is not at the front lines--he's not old enough to be a soldier, but his brothers are. Jesse sends David with food to check how his brothers are doing. When he gets to the front, he gets a couple of ears full.
1 Samuel 17:23-29
Notice the nasty sibling rivalry. Why does David's brother call him conceited and wicked? How does this compare with what we know about David's character so far? The same is true for us...God has an opinion of us and other people do, too. God's voice is the truth; other voices are not God's voice.
Now, Saul wants to talk to David...
1 Samuel 17:32-37
What does David say to Saul to convince him to be allowed to represent the entire nation of Israel in battle against Goliath? What does taking care of sheep have to do with winning this battle? Aside from those facts, what else must be at work here?
Now, it gets a little comical...
1 Samuel 17:38-51
How did David win? What is the most important thing for us to learn from this story? What giants are you facing right now? What other characteristics did David's deep faith bring to him? How can we use that same faith and other characteristics to overcome our obstacles?