In both cases the result is prophecy. PRIVACY POLICY,,, Share Where are Saul’s jug and spear?’ Saul recognized David’s voice and said: ‘You could have killed me, but you did not. Saul’s next major test came when God commissioned him through Samuel to destroy the Amalekites. That night David goes to his own house. You may know the story of David and Goliath, but there’s much more to learn about David. Copyright © 2020 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. His men must have thought him mad when twice he spared Saul.  |  He was not searching for donkeys like Saul, but keeping sheep like Moses when God called him. For about seven years David must hide in one place after another so that Saul cannot find him. Saul must have the praise of the crowd, so David’s troubles begin. His three sons died with him. David lives also in the songs he wrote which are still sung in many languages throughout the world. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. The level of drama is seldom a clue to the spiritual significance of an event. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those that find it” (Mat 7:13). Instead of telling them that God had already chosen Saul, he made the choice by casting lots. Are things different today? Even now he was rejected by God, the crowd must not know it. A resounding victory confirmed their allegiance to him, and he was now firmly on the throne. From man’s perspective it all looked good, but Samuel saw with the sight of God. Like David he was a man of faith and courage. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath.”​—Romans 12:18, 19. Once again the Philistines invade, and this time Goliath comes out of their ranks to challenge Israel. He fell to the lusts of the flesh and committed adultery with Bathsheba. The primary motivation in Saul’s life was the crowd. This also was the underlying motivation at Babel. We also have the choice of “coming to Jesus outside the camp, bearing his reproach” (Heb 13:13), or remaining in the safety and respectability of the crowd. Saul’s sin was a deep radical sin of disobedience to God of which he never really repented. Obedience is the first necessity with God, as in a family, because everything else springs from it. God then gave him victory over all his enemies. No. In the New Testament the name of David occurs about 60 times. Whenever David came home from war, the women would come out dancing and singing: ‘Saul has struck down thousands, and David has struck down tens of thousands!’ Saul became jealous of David and wanted to kill him. Yet even with all this in common, one was accepted and loved by God, although he committed adultery and murder; the other, whose sins seemed far smaller, was rejected. Let me kill him.’ David replied: ‘Jehovah will deal with Saul. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, saw in a dream a great image with a head of gold, a chest of bronze, legs of silver, and feet of iron mixed with clay. I have carried out the command of the Lord” (1Sam 15:13). Goliath likewise was six cubits tall; his spear weighed six hundred shekels and he had six pieces of armour. Saul could do nothing against Goliath. Hebrew has no capital letters and so we cannot distinguish Spirit from spirit). David carried on to defeat the Philistines, the Moabites, the Syrians the Edomites and others, and to gain control of a large empire. The Rise of David Samuel anoints the young shepherd David as the new king. King Saul and David’s first encounter occurred when an evil spirit gripped King Saul. Eliab opposes David and Saul discourages him, but David is only moved by God - not by kings or older brothers, or even a panicking army! He could hardly have had a better beginning, or a more miserable end. Apart from Jesus his is the first name in Matthew and the last name in Revelation. Saul laid the foundations of Israel’s period of power by defeating the Ammonites and then breaking the Amalekite yoke. God is with David and against Saul. God takes the kingdom from him while he is still king and promises to give it to another, a humble servant.  |  His advisors suggested he bring in a skilled musician who would play for the king to ease his mind. David was impelled and empowered by the Spirit of God, and the odds weighed against him did not matter. David went out in the power of God, and one stone from his sling brought the Philistine giant to the ground. When six different musical instruments sounded, everyone had to bow down and worship it. When their search is unsuccessful, Saul plans to give up and return home, but the servant suggests a visit to the local man of God. By all natural thinking David was going to usurp the throne that was Jonathan’s by right, and, if David had been a normal king of his time, he would have assassinated all Saul’s and Jonathan’s offspring. David dodges, and the spear hits the wall. Jonathan did not live with David, but died with Saul. Things are not always as good (or as bad) as they appear to the human eye. When the prophet Nathan came to rebuke him for his sin, his reaction was completely different from Saul’s. Jesus himself is the Good Shepherd and both Moses and David are types or pictures of Him. He did not allow his men to attack Saul. If we do not purge out evil when and how God tells us to do, we will surely suffer for it. The only difference in Hebrew between the two verses is the inclusion of the word evil. The Amalekites were an extremely cruel and destructive race who had nearly obliterated Israel when they first came out of Egypt.