THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
SCRIPTURE:1 SAMUEL 26
BY: Jeremy Witt
It seems that we have been here before as we read verse 1. Saul is pursuing David. Hmmm, let me think about that. Do you notice who started it? The Ziph people come to Saul. Previously, Saul had people watching for him where David went. These Ziphites had already given information to Saul and here they are again. Our last encounter of Saul and David involved the cave and the cutting of Saul’s robe. You can review that in chapter 24 if you wish.
What stands out to me is that the Ziphites got Saul stirred up again. It shows the impact of others and how they can get us stirred up. Saul forgot his agreement with David. Saul overlooked how David had spared his life. It is really easy for us to get wound up by others if we are not careful. As I read this, this is how I am interpreting this. It happens all the time, and we must be aware of it especially when others are involved. We know that Saul had a tendency to focus on what others thought. Remember God’s command to wipe out the Amalekites in chapter 15.
Saul pursues David and camps for the night. David slips in view and watches the camp in verse 5. We are introduced to some of the mighty men of David. One of them, Abishai, agrees to slip into the camp with David. Notice verse 8 and remember in chapter 24, one of David’s men say something very similar to David. Yet David again refuses to take matters into his own hands! That is so important for us to remember, but I will try not to repeat the same thing as from chapter 24. Notice that David is protecting Abishai by not striking Saul in verse 9 and 10.
Abishai showed great courage and believed in David. He also respected David even when David did not do as Abishai suggested in killing Saul. Abishai was submissive to his leader as he trusted him. These are all traits we need to have in our lives. May we be courageous, respectful of our leaders (Romans 13:1-7), as well as submissive to them even when we disagree.
Back to our reading, David and Abishai take his spear and his jug of water and leave the camp. They were able to do this because God had caused them all to fall into a deep sleep (verse 12)
In verse 14, we are introduced to Abner, who will be a figure during most of David’s reign. Abner is one of Saul’s military leaders. David calls out to Abner and speaks to him first until Saul recognizes David’s voice in verse 17.
In verse 21, Saul confesses his wrongs and promises not to harm David. He even tells him to return home, but David does not trust Saul’s words after his repeated lies.
Note that tomorrow’s devotional will cover chapter 27-28.