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The strongest restriction is that the priests of the Israelite nation could only be from the tribe of Levi, and specifically on descendants of Aaron. Some verses showing this include Numbers 3:10, 3:38 and 16:40: ... This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the Lord ... The kingship was ...


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Different translations describe the spirit in different ways: NIV, KJV, NASB, ISV - Evil ESV - Harmful NLT - Tormenting YLT - Spirit of Sadness However all these translations agree that this Spirit was sent from the Lord. So to stay with your question, how could a loving God send an evil spirit to torment? He could for the very same reasons he sent a ...


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The short answer is: We don't know for sure because there are very few dates or ages given in the stories of Saul and David in the Bible. We cannot even be certain of the length of Saul's reign, or of how old he was when he began to reign—information that is commonly provided for kings of Judah and Israel in the narratives of the Hebrew Bible. That ...


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First, just to be clear Meribbaal/Mephiboshet is actually the grandson of Saul (and son of Jonathan). With that out of the way, the honest truth is that no one can know for sure why Eshbaal and Meribbaal were named as such. The Bible doesn't tell us why, and we have no other source. We can same something about what the word baal means though. Baal is a ...


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In Paul's defense before King Agrippa he stated: "I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were to be put to death I cast my vote against them." (Acts 26:10, ESV) Thus, he was more than just an accomplice whether he killed them with his own hands or not.


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The answer to this can be found in the non-biblical record. Edward F. Campbell Jr. writes in 'A Land Divided: Judah and Israel from the Death of Solomon to the Fall of Samaria', published in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, page 212, about excavations at Samaria that produced over a hundred ostraca (inked notes on sherds) dating probably from the ...


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Not all translations 'polished' 1 sam 20:1-30; These are them: 1.New Living Translation: Saul boiled with rage at Jonathan. "You stupid son of a whore!" he swore at him. "Do you think I don't know that you want him to be king in your place, shaming yourself and your mother? 2.NET Bible: Saul became angry with Jonathan and said to him, "You stupid traitor!...


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According to BibleHub.com's "Hebrew Text Analysis Page", the Hebrew text is בֶּֽן־נַעֲוַ֖תהַמַּרְדּ֑וּתהֲל֣וֹאיָדַ֗עְתִּי and a literal translation is something along the lines of son of the perverse rebellious [woman] Thus it appears that this is what Saul in fact did say, although he may have meant, as the New Living Translation has it, You son ...


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"I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them." Saul blames the men, trying to minimize his responsibility. This is like Eve, who blamed the serpent, and Adam, who blamed "The woman you put here with me", which means that he blamed both Eve and God. Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright. (Proverbs 14:9) Does King ...


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A king could also be a priest, just not a member of the Aaronic priesthood. As Mawia has already stated, in pre-monarchic Israel and throughout the Levant, both father (as head of the household) and firstborn sons typically served as priests (e.g., Numbers 3:13). In addition, the king typically served as a priest for the entire nation (as with Melchizedek ...


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Some times we ascribe more power to Satan than he actually has, and less to God than he actually has. In saying: 1st Samuel 16:14 KJV But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. they were attributing power to the correct person. So now that I have you completely confused, let's take a look at the ...


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God is Completely Sovereign All events can be credited to him in the sense that nothing happens without him at least allowing it, even if he is not exactly the agent of delivery. This is not necessarily to say that what happens is his highest preference (e.g. he would have preferred that Adam and Eve not sin), but it conforms to his (permissive) will. He is ...


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The Philistines had disarmed the Israelites to prevent rebellion. Gill's Exposition on 1 Sam. 13:19, "Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel,.... The Philistines, when they ruled over them, having removed them into their own country, and forbid any to learn or exercise that trade in Israel: for the Philistines said, lest ...


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The difference between Saul and David was that one offered insincere repentance while the other expressed true repentance. In David's case, we have Psalm 51 as a window into his heart. It is instructive to look at other Biblical leaders who sinned, and what happened afterwards. Moses struck the rock in anger, and his punishment was that he would not live ...


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What's interesting to me is that we may be comparing apples to oranges. Saul (1 Samuel 10) was anointed to be a commander with a vial of oil. David (1 Samuel 16) was anointed to be "king" with a horn of oil. The first was permission for the people to have a leader other than a prophet. The second was God's anointed choice for king, anointed with a holy oil ...


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The key difference between Saul and David is loyalty (trust, faith, belief, understanding, obedience, humbleness). Saul had attacked the Philistines. Samuel told him to wait 7 days and he would arrive. Saul saw the enemy gathering against him, panicked, forgot the promise of God, and turned away to formulate his own "work". Samuel shows up right after ...


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I would add to the above explanation that Saul was offering a sacrifice while being in rebellion to the command to kill everyone and destroy the spoil. 1Sa 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.'  This should be a warning to us ...


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The old testament is the kingdom of God in carnal illustrations. The barley harvest was the first harvest at the time of in gathering, which represents the first fruits of God who have renounced the flesh. Saul represents the flesh and his offspring likewise. David represents the spiritual. 7 is the number of completion. The flesh must be completely put to ...


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These people were punished for their fathers' crimes. For many of us living in the 21st century in the West, this offends our sense of justice. But if you look back throughout history, generally the crimes of the son have always affected the father, and the crimes of the father have always affected the son. Later in the Old Testament, in Ezekiel Chapter 18, ...


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