1 Samuel 25: Samuel dies

Synopsis:

Samuel dies. Everyone is sad. In the meantime, David comes to a shepherd who is shearing his sheep. He sends men out to ask for food and supplies. This man, Nabal, refuses. So David and 400 men arm themselves to kill the household and steal what they need. 200 men are to be left behind to guard, the “stuff.” Nabal’s wife Abigail finds out her husband said no to David and goes out to meet him with food, sheep and wine. She asks David to spare her house and to let God take care of Nabal’s wickedness.  David thanks her for her wisdom and after Nabal finds out about his wife’s giving food and supplies to David and his heart is stricken and he dies 10 days later.  David asks Abigail to be his wife and she brings some maids with her and David ends up with 2 wives. We are told this is ok because his other wife Michel (Saul’s daughter) has been given to someone else anyway.

In other words:

Samuel dies and David gets another 2 wives.

Favorite bit:

Abigail pleading with David. (1 Samuel 25:18-31)

2nd favorite bit:

1 Samuel 25:13 – 400 men gird for battle. 200  “abode by the stuff.”  It just tickles me that this is the wording. Stay by the stuff and guard it.

Rather anti-climactic bit:

Samuel dying. This chapter is named for him, but it’s really the story of Saul and David. Samuel’s death only takes up 1 verse out of 44 and it’s pretty matter of fact. Samuel died and the people of Israel lamented him. (1 Samuel 25:1)

Most interesting bit: 

1 Samuel 25:37,38 – when Nabal finds out what Abigail has done, “his heart died within him and he became as a stone.” 10 days later, he is dead.  Sounds like a heart attack to me.

Least favorite bit:

1 Samuel 25:44 – that Michal, David’s first wife was given away to someone else.  I understand that Saul didn’t like David, but … it’s still not giving women a say in who they are married to.  And, David doesn’t seem to care.

Moral lesson learned:

Don’t be a jerk (1 Samuel 25)

1 Samuel 26: David once again does not kill Saul

Synopsis:

Saul musters 3,000 men to seek out David and kill him. They camp in a ditch. David goes to the camp and steals Sauls spear and water while he is sleeping. Then goes to a hill out of reach of the army. He wakes everyone up and tells Saul – again, I could have killed you but did not. I am not a sinner, do not try to kill me. Saul apologizes yet again, I won’t try to kill you anymore and Saul returns home.

In other words:

David once again is given a chance to kill Saul and once again does not. Saul once again promises to stop trying to kill David.

Favorite bit:

That David’s army isn’t all Israeli’s, he has Hittites and others serving with him. 1 Samuel 26:6

Least favorite bit:

1 Samuel 26:21 – When Saul once again promises not to kill David. How many times are we going to have to listen to his empty promises.

2nd favorite bit:

That David basically wins this stand off by guilting Saul into admitting that David has done nothing wrong.

Moral Lessons Learned:


  • Sometimes you win by not fighting. (1 Samuel 26)
  • When fighting someone immoral – take the moral high ground and keep it (1 Samuel 26)


1 Samuel 23: Saul fails once again to kill David

Synopsis:

David is called to Keilah to defend the town from an attack by the Philistines. His army now numbers 600. Saul tries to attack him there, but David escapes. Jonathon comes to David and tells him, you will be king and I will be right beside you. Saul’s army pursues David all over and when Saul has David cornered in the wilderness of Maon, Saul is called back to defend Israel from yet another attack by the Philistines.

In other words: 

Saul still wants to kill David and David and Jonathon are still in love.

Favorite bit:

That just when Saul has David cornered, he has to leave and fight the Philistines instead. And David lives to fight another day. (1 Samuel 23:26-28)

2nd favorite bit:

Jonathon pledges his support to David (1 Samuel 23:16,17)

Least favorite bit:

That after saving the town of Keilah – they are willing to turn him over to Saul anyway, so David has to flee.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Don’t leave work unfinished (1 Samuel 23)

1 Samuel 24: David Spares Saul

Synopsis:

Saul follows David to the wilderness of Engedi. Saul wanders into a cave where David and his men are hiding. While Saul is asleep David cuts off the hem of Saul’s robes. His men tell him to kill Saul, but David refuses – because God doesn’t want him to.  When Saul wakes up and leaves, David follows him and tells him – I could have killed you, but I didn’t. Saul weeps and admits, he is evil and David is innocent and that eventually David will be king. Saul asks David to not destroy Saul’s house or his seed.

In other words:

Saul walks into a cave alone where David is hiding and David doesn’t kill him.

Favorite bit:

That Saul is alone and just wanders into a cave. Alone. Isn’t he the king of Israel?  Why on earth would he just walk into a cave. (1 Samuel 24:3)

2nd favorite bit:

This cave is in the Engedi wilderness on the rock of the wild goats near the sheepcotes. (1 Samuel 24:1,2)

What’s Noble:

That David, really didn’t want to kill the king who was trying to kill him.

Least favorite bit:

That David really didn’t want to kill the king. I understand it’s noble and all, but Saul is not a very good king and basically, he needs to go.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Don’t stoop to other people’s level (1 Samuel 24)