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The Word This Week
Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine. Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. Frodo and the fires of Mount Doom. For many of us, there’s nothing quite like a good showdown. Good versus evil, right versus wrong, and a clear, victorious hero. Yet in our text for this Sunday, 1 Samuel 26, we find that our expectations for a glorious showdown are frustrated by the final encounter between Saul and David; we don’t get the resolution we long for. Instead, as the tragedy of their broken relationship comes into full focus, David takes one last opportunity to try and restore what has been lost. I encourage you to join me in considering our own difficult relationships, shameful offenses, and persistent conflicts. If Saul King of Israel and David the outlaw can occupy the same hillside and attempt reconciliation, what is stopping us from doing the same thing in our own lives? Nick Burner