The Greatest Story Reading Plan
The Greatest story
The Bible is one of the most influential books in human history. This ancient library of stories, letters and poems has the power to transform the way we think and feel about everything. We can become so familiar with the Bible that we sometimes fail to see how novel, controversially progressive, and radical the stories really are. In our series "The Greatest Story: The Unexpected Narrative of Jesus" we explore the way the story of Jesus flips the expected narrative upside down.
We want to encourage everyone to engage with the Bible as we journey through this series so every week we will post a reading plan and discussion questions to this page for you to explore personally or in a group.
This week we'll be in the book of 1 Samuel, and as part of our series we want to encourage you to engage with the stories ahead of time. For this week we recommend reading 1 Samuel 25:1-39. For some expanded reading read also 1 Samuel 18:1-9 and 19:1-16.
Take some time with these questions by yourself or with others!
If you’d like some tips and advice on reading the Bible check out Pastor Abraham’s blog post here.
1. At the season of sheep shearing it was customary for people to be generous and hospitable. Nabal was a very wealthy man, and David was not asking for very much, not to mention David had already done a great service for Nabal. How might we be selfish in holding back the talents, time and resources God requests of us? How can learn to be generous with what God has protected for us?
2. David was ready to sin by taking revenge, but is stopped and persuaded towards mercy by Abigail. Is there someone in your life that you might need to be persuaded into showing mercy to? Spend some time asking God to melt your own heart of stone and help you to forgive.
3. David didn’t need vengeance because Nabal died shortly after. While God is a God of mercy He is also a God of justice. Ask God to help you trust and rely on His justice (even when that justice is mercy).