1 Samuel 15; 1 Samuel 16; Luke 10:25-42

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1 Samuel 15

1 Samuel told Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint you king of his people Israel. Now listen to the LORD's words.
2 This is what the LORD of Armies says: I will punish Amalek for what they did to Israel. They blocked Israel's way after the Israelites came from Egypt.
3 Now go and attack Amalek. Claim everything they have for God by destroying it. Don't spare them, but kill men and women, infants and children, cows and sheep, camels and donkeys."
4 Saul organized the troops, and he counted them at Telaim: 200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men from Judah.
5 Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.
6 Then Saul said to the Kenites, "Get away from the Amalekites so that I won't destroy you with them. You were kind to all the Israelites when they came from Egypt." So the Kenites left the Amalekites.
7 Saul attacked the Amalekites from Havilah to Shur, east of Egypt.
8 He captured King Agag of Amalek alive. But he claimed all the people for God by destroying them.
9 Saul and the army spared Agag and the best sheep and cows, the fattened animals, the lambs, and all the best [property]. The army refused to claim them for God by destroying them. But everything that was worthless and weak the army did claim for God and destroy.
10 Then the LORD spoke to Samuel:
11 "I regret that I made Saul king. He turned away from me and did not carry out my instructions." Samuel was angry, and he prayed to the LORD all night.
12 Early in the morning he got up to meet Saul. Samuel was told, "Saul went to Carmel to set up a monument in his honor. Then he left there and went to Gilgal."
13 Samuel came to Saul, who said, "The LORD bless you. I carried out the LORD's instructions."
14 However, Samuel asked, "But what is this sound of sheep in my ears and this sound of cows that I hear?"
15 Saul answered, "The army brought them from the Amalekites. They spared the best sheep and cows to sacrifice to the LORD your God. But the rest they claimed for God and destroyed."
16 "Be quiet," Samuel told Saul, "and let me tell you what the LORD told me last night." "Speak," Saul replied.
17 Samuel said, "Even though you don't consider yourself great, you were the head of Israel's tribes. The LORD anointed you king of Israel.
18 And the LORD sent you on a mission. He said, 'Claim those sinners, the Amalekites, for me by destroying them. Wage war against them until they're wiped out.'
19 Why didn't you obey the LORD? Why have you taken their belongings and done what the LORD considers evil?"
20 "But I did obey the LORD," Saul told Samuel. "I went where the LORD sent me, brought [back] King Agag of Amalek, and claimed the Amalekites for God.
21 The army took some of their belongings--the best sheep and cows were claimed for God--in order to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal."
22 Then Samuel said, "Is the LORD as delighted with burnt offerings and sacrifices as he would be with your obedience? To follow instructions is better than to sacrifice. To obey is better than sacrificing the fat of rams.
23 The sin of black magic is rebellion. Wickedness and idolatry are arrogance. Because you rejected the word of the LORD, he rejects you as king."
24 Then Saul told Samuel, "I have sinned by not following the LORD's command or your instructions. I was afraid of the people and listened to them.
25 Now please forgive my sin and come back with me so that I may worship the LORD."
26 Samuel told Saul, "I will not go back with you because you rejected what the LORD told you. So the LORD rejects you as king of Israel."
27 When Samuel turned to leave, Saul grabbed the hem of his robe, and it tore.
28 Samuel told him, "The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today. He has given it to your neighbor who is better than you.
29 In addition, the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind, because he is not a mortal who changes his mind."
30 Saul replied, "I have sinned! Now please honor me in front of the leaders of my people and in front of Israel. Come back with me, and let me worship the LORD your God."
31 Then Samuel turned and followed Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.
32 "Bring me King Agag of Amalek," Samuel said. Agag came to him trembling. "Surely, the bitterness of death is past," Agag said.
33 But Samuel said, "As your sword made women childless, so your mother will be made childless among women." And Samuel cut Agag in pieces in the presence of the LORD at Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went to his home at Gibeah.
35 Samuel didn't see Saul again before he died, though Samuel mourned over Saul. And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king of Israel.

1 Samuel 16

1 The LORD asked Samuel, "How long are you going to mourn for Saul now that I have rejected him as king of Israel? Fill a flask with olive oil and go. I'm sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem because I've selected one of his sons to be king."
2 "How can I go?" Samuel asked. "When Saul hears about it, he'll kill me." The LORD said, "Take a heifer with you and say, 'I've come to sacrifice to the LORD.'
3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice. I will reveal to you what you should do, and you will anoint for me the one I point out to you."
4 Samuel did what the LORD told him. When he came to Bethlehem, the leaders of the city, trembling with fear, greeted him and said, "May peace be with you."
5 "Greetings," he replied, "I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Perform the ceremonies to make yourselves holy, and come with me to the sacrifice." He performed the ceremonies for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6 When they came, he saw Eliab and thought, "Certainly, here in the LORD's presence is his anointed king."
7 But the LORD told Samuel, "Don't look at his appearance or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the LORD looks into the heart."
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. But Samuel said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either."
9 Then Jesse had Shammah come to Samuel. "The LORD has not chosen this one either," Samuel said.
10 So Jesse brought seven [more] of his sons to Samuel, but Samuel told Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen [any of] these.
11 Are these all the sons you have?" "There's still the youngest one," Jesse answered. "He's tending the sheep." Samuel told Jesse, "Send someone to get him. We won't continue until he gets here."
12 So Jesse sent for him. He had a healthy complexion, attractive eyes, and a handsome appearance. The LORD said, "Go ahead, anoint him. He is the one."
13 Samuel took the flask of olive oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers. The LORD's Spirit came over David and stayed with him from that day on. Then Samuel left for Ramah.
14 Now, the LORD's Spirit had left Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
15 Saul's officials told him, "An evil spirit from God is tormenting you.
16 Your Majesty, why don't you command us to look for a man who can play the lyre well? When the evil spirit from God comes to you, he'll strum a tune, and you'll feel better."
17 Saul told his officials, "Please find me a man who can play well and bring him to me."
18 One of the officials said, "I know one of Jesse's sons from Bethlehem who can play well. He's a courageous man and a warrior. He has a way with words, he is handsome, and the LORD is with him."
19 Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."
20 Jesse took six bushels of bread, a full wineskin, and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
21 David came to Saul and served him. Saul loved him very much and made David his armorbearer.
22 Saul sent [this message] to Jesse, "Please let David stay with me because I have grown fond of him."
23 Whenever God's spirit came to Saul, David took the lyre and strummed a tune. Saul got relief [from his terror] and felt better, and the evil spirit left him.

Luke 10:25-42

25 Then an expert in Moses' Teachings stood up to test Jesus. He asked, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
26 Jesus answered him, "What is written in Moses' Teachings? What do you read there?"
27 He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.' And 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'"
28 Jesus told him, "You're right! Do this, and life will be yours."
29 But the man wanted to justify his question. So he asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"
30 Jesus replied, "A man went from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way robbers stripped him, beat him, and left him for dead.
31 "By chance, a priest was traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he went around him and continued on his way.
32 Then a Levite came to that place. When he saw the man, he, too, went around him and continued on his way.
33 "But a Samaritan, as he was traveling along, came across the man. When the Samaritan saw him, he felt sorry for the man,
34 went to him, and cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 The next day the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. He told the innkeeper, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than that, I'll pay you on my return trip.'
36 "Of these three men, who do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?"
37 The expert said, "The one who was kind enough to help him." Jesus told him, "Go and imitate his example!"
38 As they were traveling along, Jesus went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
39 She had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the Lord's feet and listened to him talk.
40 But Martha was upset about all the work she had to do. So she asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself? Tell her to help me."
41 The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things.
42 There's only one thing you need. Mary has made the right choice, and that one thing will not be taken away from her."