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April 28, 2018

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

1 Samuel 29 (ESV)

Now the Philistines had gathered all their forces at Aphek. And the Israelites were encamped by the spring that is in Jezreel. As the lords of the Philistines were passing on by hundreds and by thousands, and David and his men were passing on in the rear with Achish, the commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” And Achish said to the commanders of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul, king of Israel, who has been with me now for days and years, and since he deserted to me I have found no fault in him to this day.” But the commanders of the Philistines were angry with him. And the commanders of the Philistines said to him, “Send the man back, that he may return to the place to which you have assigned him. He shall not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become an adversary to us. For how could this fellow reconcile himself to his lord? Would it not be with the heads of the men here? Is not this David, of whom they sing to one another in dances,

‘Saul has struck down his thousands,
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  1. 6Then Achish called David and said to him, “As the Lord lives, you have been honest, and to me it seems right that you should march out and in with me in the campaign. For I have found nothing wrong in you from the day of your coming to me to this day. Nevertheless, the lords do not approve of you. 7So go back now; and go peaceably, that you may not displease the lords

  2. The decision the philistine generals make makes sense. We can’t assume that David won’t turn on us when we fight against his people. But what this chapter highlights is David’s good character. Good character shines in the worst of circumstances even in an enemies camp. David has shown himself faithful to Achish for the protection he has given and for him being on the side of right when the king of Israel is evil. And David is dedicated to him for it and achish recognizes it. As the cliche goes, the cream, or good character, rises to the top!

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