Church and society(click HERE for study notes) (1 Samuel 26:17-25)Timo Keskitalo, November 7, 2010
Part of the Exposition of 1 Corinthians series, preached at a Sunday Service service
1 Sam 26:17-25
What made it possible for David to sneak into the military camp of Saul without waking them up?
Do you think that David knew that he would succeed in taking the spear without waking Saul and his soldiers?
Look how David is addressing Saul. What does this tell about his attitude?
Saul tried to kill David. How does David respond to this enmity?
What do you do when you have a perfect opportunity to take revenge?
What do we learn about how relationships should be aming the people of God?
Saul is a spiritual leader, who had rejected the word of God (1 Sam 15:26). Holy Spirit had left him (1 Sam 16:14). What should we do with leaders like this?
What does it mean in practice to follow David up into the mountains? What do we learn here about the integrity of Christian conduct?
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1 Samuel 26:17-25
17 Saul recognized David's voice and said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” And David said, “It is my voice, my lord, O king.” 18 And he said, “Why does my lord pursue after his servant? For what have I done? What evil is on my hands? 19 Now therefore let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. 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, for they have driven me out this day that I should have no share in the heritage of the Lord, saying, ‘Go, serve other gods.’ 20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth away from the presence of the Lord, for the king of Israel has come out to seek a single flea like one who hunts a partridge in the mountains.”
21 Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will no more do you harm, because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Behold, I have acted foolishly, and have made a great mistake.” 22 And David answered and said, “Here is the spear, O king! Let one of the young men come over and take it. 23 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. 24 Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation.” 25 Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David! You will do many things and will succeed in them.” So David went his way, and Saul returned to his place. (ESV)