Readings for October 20 to 26

October 20, 2013
1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 51:10-14

Key Verse: “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’” 1 Samuel 16:7

Time: about 1000 BCE

Background: After years of following God with the guidance of judges and prophets, the people became eager to be ruled by a king. God warned them that they did not need a king if they were following God. But the people insisted.

The prophet, Samuel, was appointed by God to anoint a king over Israel. After a failed attempt at choosing Saul to be king, Samuel followed God’s command to find a king among the sons of Jesse. Samuel inspected all of Jesse’s sons except David, the youngest and smallest. Although they were leaders by outward appearance, God was searching for a leader with a pure heart. God chose David to be the next king.

Community: What criteria does your community use to select its leaders? What qualities does it seek? What qualities would God choose? How do they differ? How are they similar?

At Home: Where do you seek guidance? Who or what do you follow? Make a shift this week to follow the ways of the world less, and God’s ways more. Do one thing to open yourself so that God can create in you a clean heart.

Read This Week:
Monday, Oct 21, Goliath, 1 Samuel 17:1-11

Tuesday, Oct 22, David Visits His Brothers, 1 Samuel 17:12-23

Wednesday, Oct 23, David Prepares for Battle, 1 Samuel 17:31-40

Thursday, Oct 24, David Slays Goliath, 1 Samuel 17:41-54

Friday, Oct 25, Solomon Becomes King, 1 Kings 1:28-31

Saturday, Oct 26, Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom, 1 Kings 3:3-15

 

Next Week: Sunday, Oct 27, Solomon’s Temple, 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13