1 Samuel 26

1 Samuel 26 has Saul coming after David yet again.  This time, Saul brings “three thousand chosen men” to pursue him.  But “David sent out spies and learned that Saul had come”.  He wasn’t surprised even though he had just spared Saul’s life.  Saul and his men were sleeping in camp when David decides to once again sneak up to where Saul was asleep and take something – this time his sword and jar of water – so there would be no doubt that he had been there.  David asked for someone to go with him, and Abishai volunteers, so they sneak into camp.

Then said Abishai to David, God has given your enemy into your hand this day. Now please let me pin him to the earth with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice”.  He was lying there and an easy target to be killed.  But “David said, As the Lord lives, the Lord will strike him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish”.  David wasn’t on a mission to kill Saul, only to make yet another point about how he could have killed him but chose to allow him to live.  Saul didn’t really deserve to live, but David again shows his respect for God’s authority.

You might wonder how David and Abishai were able to sneak into camp unnoticed.  Because God plus one is always enough. Since God’s hand was involved, “they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them”.  So David goes out of the camp with Saul’s stuff and calls to him from afar, accusing the captain of his guard and chief bodyguard Abner of not doing his job to protect the king.  David knows that Saul’s continued pursuit is really not his own doing, but bad counsel from some of his closest folks.

If it is the Lord who has stirred you up against me, may he accept an offering, but if it is men, may they be cursed before the Lord”.  David knows good and well it is not God who wants him dead.  So he calls on Saul to wake up and realize that he is listening to bad advice and direction from his men.  And then David says “The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the Lord gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the Lord’s anointed”.  David spared Saul because he knows Saul was God’s anointed, at least at one time.  He is not willing to violate that at this time and take his life, even if he is really asking for it.

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  1. […] 1 Samuel 26 (asorensen.wordpress.com) David knows good and well it is not God who wants him dead.  So he calls on Saul to wake up and realize that he is listening to bad advice and direction from his men. […]

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