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Professional Jealousy

Posted by samthambu on September 13, 2007

by Samuel Thambusamy

Step 1: Read Together  1 Sam. 18:5 -9

David was a success in everything that Saul sent him to do, and Saul made him a high officer in his army. That pleased everyone, including Saul’s other officers. David had killed Goliath, the battle was over, and the Israelite army set out for home. As the army went along, women came out of each Israelite town to welcome King Saul. They were singing happy songs and dancing to the music of tambourines and harps. They sang: Saul has killed a thousand enemies; David has killed ten thousand enemies! This song made Saul very angry, and he thought, “They are saying that David has killed ten times more enemies than I ever did. Next they will want to make him king.” Saul never again trusted David. 1 Sam. 18:5 -9

Discussion questions

  • What is is this passage about?
  • Who are the characters mentioned in this passage? What do we know about them?
  • Who/what caused the problem between David and Saul? How could this have been avoided?
  • Are there parrallel stories in your context? What can you do to broker peace?
  • Do you see anything wrong with Saul? Why do you think Saul was feeling so insecure? If you were a Counselor, what would you tell Saul?
  • How do you relate to people who are better than you? Why is it difficult to accept someone who is better than us? What are the challenges?
  • Read Phil 2:3 -5. “Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.Care about them as much as you care about yourselves and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought” (Phi 2:3-5 CEV). Comment!
  • What is God telling you through the passage? What am I going to do in response to God’s Word?

The author Samuel Thambusamy can be reached at


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