The Philistines are almost ready to attack Israel – until they notice there are some soldiers who don’t quite fit in with the rest: David and his band of 600.
“What are these Hebrews doing here?” they demand to know, “We’re about to go fight their people, and you think they’re really going to help us?”
King Achish stands behind David, vouching for his new loyalties and faultless character. Ironic that Achish thinks he’s loyal when he really isn’t, while Saul found him guilty even when he wasn’t. Continue reading
We left off in 1 Samuel 26 with Saul meeting up with David one last time. David had a second opportunity to take Saul’s life, and instead chose to show mercy. The two parted ways once more without harm occurring to either one.
In spite of how the two had left off, David did not feel at ease. He did not trust that Saul would keep his pledge to harm him no more.
So what should he do? Continue reading
David had run into Saul back in Chapter 24, and left off on a semi-good note. David had had the opportunity to revenge himself, but had instead shown mercy to his greatest enemy, and Saul had responded with gratitude and humility.
Now here we are in Chapter 26, and it sounds strangely familiar. Continue reading
After months of playing cat-and-mouse, David and Saul finally had a face-to-face meeting in chapter 24. But it didn’t turn into a sundown shootout. Quite the opposite occurred, in fact. The tables were turned as the mouse found himself in the position of cat – and chose not to harm the mouse. In return for David’s mercy, Saul turned around and went straight home without attempting to lay a finger on David.
So as we enter Chapter 25, things seem to be looking up just a bit. After all, Saul isn’t chasing after David anymore (for now). Continue reading
It’s been a while since I last posted. . . So I have to apologize for that. We went on vacation to the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, and then it just seems like there’s been a lot of late nights and not as much time to sit down and actually put together a blog post.
With that said, let’s jump back into our 1 Samuel narrative. We left off with Saul and David playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse: with Saul being the cat and David being the mouse. David is forced to flee here and there, running from stronghold to stronghold, wilderness to wilderness, never quite feeling secure from the grasp of the jealous King Saul. At one point Saul and his men were encircling David and his band, and it looked like the cat may have finally caught the mouse. But before that could happen, Saul received news that Israel was under attack, and the king realized he had more important things to worry about. So he hurried back to his job of taking care of the country, and David escaped to the strongholds in En Gedi.
And that is where chapter 24 picks up. Continue reading