One year later Lt.
Samuel, in the role of army chaplain, was supposed to come and bless the troops. But when he did not show up on time, Saul went ahead and offered the ritual sacrifice. As soon as the offering was ignited, Samuel appeared and condemned Saul for presuming to function as a priest. This is the first occasion Samuel indicated that Yhwh had rejected Saul and had chosen someone else to take his place as king.
The Israelites had the opportunity to completely wipe out the Philistines, except that Saul had foolishly decreed that the men should fast. In any case, the Israelite warriors did not have the energy to pursue the Philistines to their death.
They were the first ones ever to attack Israel, right after the Hebrews had left Egypt. But Saul did not follow the rule of holy war to completely eradicate the enemy and burn the remains. He took spoils of war and spared Agag, the Amalekite king.
Samuel was furious when he found out.
He summarily condemned Saul and proclaimed that Yhwh had rejected him as king. Then he himself killed Agag. The contest is evident on many levels in the books of Samuel: Both having rejected Saul, Samuel and Yhwh turned elsewhere for a new king. They went to a most unlikely place to find one, the insignificant village of Bethlehem in the southern tribe of Judah.
Among the sons of Jesse, Yhwh passed by the elder sons and chose the youngest boy, Davidto be king. This peculiar choice continues the countercultural ancestral tradition of passing the promise to the younger son: Samuel anointed David, and immediately the spirit of Yhwh came upon him. In the Hebrew Bible, the spirit of God is the power that God bestows on select individuals that enables them to perform their God-given task.
As if the spirit could not simultaneously be on two people at once, in the next verse we are told that the spirit of Yhwh left Saul and in its place an evil spirit also from Yhwh took possession of him.
In hopes of calming his troubled mind, Saul hired David to be the court musician. Skilled on the lyre a type of harpDavid comforted Saul and Saul came to love him dearly. Again the Philistines harassed the Israelites. This time they camped in the Elah valley near an Israelite garrison.
None of the Israelites took up the challenge until one day when David came by. David was astounded that none of the Israelites had the courage to face him. He immediately volunteered himself. Armed with only a slingshot and stones, he faced Goliath in single combat. His first shot struck Goliath in the forehead and knocked him unconscious.
David ran over to him and cut off his head. This threw the Philistines into a panic, and the Israelites drove the Philistines away.Anthropology – A Brief Introduction.
Kluckhohn writes, Anthropology can be compared to a mirror into which man, without any labels of primitive or civilized, may look to understand and appreciate his own unbound physical and cultural variety.
Introduction to Exodus.
By James M. Rochford.
Exodus explains God’s rescue of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. This entire historical event serves as a foreshadowing or “type” for how God will save people through Jesus from the world-system.
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Adultery In The Military As citizens of the United States of America we are all governed by a certain set of rules. These laws are set forth by our elected officials. These laws deal with almost all aspects of life including morally wrong actions such as murder and theft.
Introduction and Summary Americans continue to distrust the government, although there are signs that hostility toward government has begun to diminish.
Adultery Debated Issue In Military In Lieutenant Kelly Flinn became the United States' first female B Bomber pilot. One year later Lt. Flinn began a relationship with a man who was legally separated from his wife with a divorce pending.