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The Word This Week
This past Sunday we celebrated the central event of human history: the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah from the grave. A thousand years beforehand, his ancestor David the son of Jesse of Bethlehem ascended to the throne of Israel. His story is recorded in the books of 1 & 2 Samuel. Originally one work in Hebrew, our bibles divide them into two books. We looked at the first volume last spring and left off with Saul, David's predecessor, being slain in battle on Mount Gilboa. This is seeming good news for David who was unjustly hunted by Saul as a threat to the throne. It also would seem to clear the path for David to become king in his own right, having been anointed years before as a young man by the prophet Samuel. Yet upon hearing this good news at the opening of the second volume in 2 Samuel 1, David turns to lament. This Sunday we will explore what informs David's response. Over the course of this series, "The King Lives," we will see the various ways David interacts with his enemies (of which he has many), both in victory and defeat, and often we will see shadows of his descendant, the King of Kings who indeed lives forever. Marcus