Thursday, April 21, 2022

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1 Samuel 17:1-23 read by Mark Beingessner

First Week of Easter, Thursday, April 21, 2022

1 Samuel 17:1-23
The Philistines gathered their armies for war. They met at Socoh in Judah and camped at Ephes Dammim between Socoh and Azekah. Saul and the Israelites gathered in the Valley of Elah and camped there and took their positions to fight the Philistines. The Philistines controlled one hill while the Israelites controlled another. The valley was between them.

The Philistines had a champion fighter from Gath named Goliath. He was about nine feet, four inches tall. He came out of the Philistine camp with a bronze helmet on his head and a coat of bronze armour that weighed about one hundred twenty-five pounds. He wore bronze protectors on his legs, and he had a bronze spear on his back. The wooden part of his larger spear was like a weaver’s rod, and its blade weighed about fifteen pounds. The officer who carried his shield walked in front of him.

Goliath stood and shouted to the Israelite soldiers, “Why have you taken positions for battle? I am a Philistine, and you are Saul’s servants! Choose a man and send him to fight me. If he can fight and kill me, we will be your servants. But if I can kill him, you will be our servants.” Then he said, “Today I stand and dare the army of Israel! Send one of your men to fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard the Philistine’s words, they were very scared.

Now David was the son of Jesse, an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons. In Saul’s time Jesse was an old man. His three oldest sons followed Saul to the war. The first son was Eliab, the second was Abinadab, and the third was Shammah. David was the youngest. Jesse’s three oldest sons followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to Bethlehem, where he took care of his father’s sheep.

For forty days the Philistine came out every morning and evening and stood before the Israelite army.

Jesse said to his son David, “Take this half bushel of cooked grain and ten loaves of bread to your brothers in the camp. Also take ten pieces of cheese to the commander and to your brothers. See how your brothers are and bring back some proof to show me that they are all right. Your brothers are with Saul and the army in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.”

Early in the morning David left the sheep with another shepherd. He took the food and left as Jesse had told him. When David arrived at the camp, the army was going out to their battle positions, shouting their war cry. The Israelites and Philistines were lining up their men to face each other in battle.

David left the food with the man who kept the supplies and ran to the battle line to talk to his brothers. While he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out. He shouted things against Israel as usual, and David heard him.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space seeking your protection and guidance. We seek the quiet solitude. We seek peace. But armies of giants rise up to fight against us. They are challenging us. They seem so much bigger and stronger than we are. But you, O LORD, are the God of Abraham. You are the one true God.

In this holy precious time with you, you fashion our hearts and minds for the activities of the day. Thank you for preparing and transforming us for the next stages of our lives through the daily mundane activities of life. With joyful hearts we praise your name.

I find peace in your care today, Mighty Yahweh, and thank you for…

You are our Mighty Warrior. With you in command of our lives we have no need to fear the giants who rise up against us. Truly, LORD, if you are for us then who can stand against us? We look to you for all our needs. We journey together as victors with you.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 150:1-6
Acts 5:12-16

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