Friday, July 29, 2011

1 Samuel 24:1-7

1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” 2 So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.

3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, “This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6 He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 7 With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

Questions to consider:

  • How many people does Saul bring with him to find David?
  • Does he find David?
  • What do David's followers advise him to do?
  • How does David feel about the situation?
  • Why is he so distressed?

Possibilities for prayer:

We've previously looked at the way in which Jonathan, Saul's son, is immensely loyal to his friend David. But here we see something even more surprising--David's loyalty to Saul. Saul. The man who has been trying to kill him for really no reason at all. Here, David cuts off a corner of Saul's robe and feels guilty for that, sees it as a sort of betrayal to this man who is his king and has been his master. In our lives, our loyalties are often shifting. Someone hurts us and we choose to no longer care for him. They upset us, and we take their numbers out of our phones. We could take a lesson from David, a man who exemplifies true loyalty. Let's ask that God would make us loyal people, willing to forgive and forget, and able to love in a complete and true way.