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April 23, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 24 (ESV)

When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord‘s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord‘s anointed.” So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.....Continue Reading

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  1. What person would follow the course of action taken by David here? To have your enemy in your hands and to not do to Saul what Saul would certainly do to David if the roles were reversed shows David is guided by principle and not passion. He is so conscious of the respected position of Saul, he feels bad just because he cuts off a corner of his garment. David certainly shows himself the better man and by doing so dispels the lie Saul is believing that David is seeking to kill him. In fact Saul has said that himself in justifying his seeking David’s life.

    It is no wonder Saul is humbled momentarily by the noble and gracious action of David and leaves him alone for now. It is a clear reminder that vengeance is mine says the Lord. He will repay, so we don’t have to. What a good object lesson this chapter is of that principle!

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