April 16, 2019

 7Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, 8and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” (1 Samuel 30:7-8, NIV)

 

1 SAMUEL 26-31

DAY 108: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Focus Verses For Today: 1 Samuel 30:7-8

Today we conclude our journey through 1 Samuel. The stage is set for things to change in Israel. King Saul’s army is sacked by the Philistines and King Saul takes his own life after witnessing the loss of his army and the death of all three of his sons. Saul abandoned God, leaving him with no one to turn to in his greatest hour of need.

 

Seek the Lord’s perfect understanding of 1 Samuel 26-31. Read 1 Samuel 26-31. Let’s journey!

 

Chapter 26 finds King Saul pursuing David. David had the opportunity, and was encouraged by Abishai, to kill Saul as he slept in camp surrounded by his soldiers. David’s response had not changed: he would not kill the anointed of God. King Saul promises to let David alone. King Saul returned home and David went on his way. (1 Samuel 26:1-25)

 

Chapter 27: David knew that King Saul was consumed with killing him. David, with his 600 men, decided to dwell in the land of the Philistines because they knew King Saul would not pursue him there. David settled in the land of Ziklag provided by Achlsh with whom David had found favor. Achish, although Philistine, trusted David completely; so completely, that Achish made David his bodyguard. (1 Samuel 27:1-12)

 

Chapter 28: The Philistines gathered forces to fight Israel. David volunteers to join Achish’s forces to fight against Israel however the Philistine commanders do not trust David and refuse to allow him to go into battle with them. King Saul, who is terrified of the Philistines, seeks counsel through a medium. (1 Samuel 28:1-25)

 

Chapter 29: Achish sends David home to Ziklag. (1 Samuel 29:1-30)

 

Chapter 30: David and his men find their home, Ziklag, burned to the ground, their families kidnapped, and their possessions taken by the Amalekites upon their return home. David and his men were in utter anguish. David was about to face rebellion from his men. David seeks the Lord’s advice. (1 Samuel 30:8b) David’s men overtake the Amalakites and retrieved their families unharmed and recaptured their property. David settles a dispute among his men. (1 Samuel 30:1-31)

 

Chapter 31: King Saul’s army is destroyed by the Philistines. King Saul’s sons, all three of them, are killed. King Saul wounded and in despair takes his own life rather than lose it to an “uncircumcised” Philistine. King Saul’s body, like his sons, was mutilated, and King Saul was decapitated by the Philistines. The Philistines hung his body from the wall at Beth Shan and put his armor in the Ashtoreths temples. King Saul’s, the first King of Israel, body, with his sons bodies, was retrieved by the people of Jabesh Gilead from the wall at Beth Shan. Their bodies were taken to Jabesh where they were burned and their bones buried underneath a tamarisk tree. (1 Samuel 31: 1-13)

 

A very sad ending for the first king of Israel.

 

Our focus verse for today:

 

 7Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, 8and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” (1 Samuel 30:7-8, NIV)

 

David, unlike King Saul, made it a habit to do things the Lord’s way. Typically David did not rush into matters hastily nor did he allow the circumstance to govern his conduct. David had two opportunities to kill King Saul, but refused because King Saul was anointed by God. In our focus verses today, David is in despair over the kidnapping of his wives and the families of his 600 men. David’s men are on the verge of stoning him. David turns to God for the solution. Where do you turn when you are overtaken by despair, hopelessness? Godspeace!

 

  

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