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)

1 Samuel 21: David starts life on the run

Synopsis:

David goes to the priest Ahimelech and asks for help. The priest is wary, but David tells him he is on secret business for king Saul. So the priest gives him the show bread from the altar and the sword of Goliath. But because a shepherd of Saul was there, David has to move on. He goes to the king of Gath, but he is recognized, so he pretends to be mad, by scrabbling on the door and letting spittle dribble down his beard. The King of Gath says, why have you brought me this madman? David escapes once again.

In other words:

David starts life as fugitive by securing food and Goliath’s sword.

Favorite bit:

That David is able to get Goliath’s sword and some bread by lying and telling a priest – don’t tell anyone – I’m on a secret mission. (1 Samuel 21:2)

2nd favorite bit:

That there are spies working for Saul everywhere (1 Samuel 21:7)

3rd favorite bit:

That David pretends to be a crazy guy – complete with spittle dribbling everywhere to avoid being identified as David (1 Samuel 21:13)


Least favorite bit:

Nothing – I totally love this chapter

Moral Lesson Learned: 

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do (1 Samuel 21)

1 Samuel 22: Saul kills a bunch of priests

Synopsis: 

David escapes to a cave and 400 men come to join him. His family also comes to join him. He approaches the king of Moab and asks him to keep his family safe. Gad, the prophet tells David to go to Judah, so he does. Saul becomes super paranoid and accuses everyone of conspiring with David. The shepherd who had seen David with Ahimelech the priest tells Saul of it. So Saul sends for Ahimelech and accuses him of treason for helping David. The priest Ahimelech professes ignorance. How was he supposed to know the king wanted David killed. Saul tells Ahimelech that ignorance is no excuse and orders Ahimelech and all of his family killed. The soldiers refuse to follow orders so the shepherd/spy, who is called Doeg goes and kills all the priest except for Abiathar escapes to David who offers him protection.

In other words:

David gathers supporters and Saul goes on a killing rampage to purge the country of David’s supporter’s.

In other other words:

The war between David and Saul is now on!

Favorite bit:

David is living in a cave. With 400 supporters. (1 Samuel 22:1)

Least favorite bit:

1 Samuel 22:8  - that all of you have conspired against me. Saul basically goes crazy with paranoia and jealousy.

2nd Least Favorite bit:

Obviously, it’s the killing of the priests because Saul didn’t believe them that they really didn’t know (1 Samuel 22:13-15)

Moral Lesson Learned:

Paranoia will destroy ya (1 Samuel 22)