David"s cutting off of Saul"s hem24:1-7 Engedi lay near the Dead Sea"s western shore close to its mid-point north to south. â 2 So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. 1. went . b. to insulate a leader from all evaluation or accountability. So it was, when David had finished speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. Finding Godâs Will, Any âWitchâ Way You Can (1 Samuel 28:1-25) 26. “Saul, if I was really as wicked as your advisors say I am, if I really was out to kill you, I would have done that wicked act in the cave. David Saves the City of Keilah. Davidâs men (1 Samuel 24:4), much like Saul (1 Samuel 23:7), discern Godâs will on the basis of favorable circumstances: God gives them the opportunity to kill Saul, and thus it must be Godâs will for them to do so. 2. David only cut off the corner of Saul’s robe, yet his heart troubled him. was wrong.” Even in confrontation, David covers Saul’s sin. But David wouldn’t do that, and he, : These were the words of a humble, tender conscience before God. But he also knew it was disobedient of him to kill Saul, because God put Saul in a position of authority and it was God’s job to take care of Saul not David’s. But even when we have victory and they are sent away, they come back, and will keep coming back until we go to glory with the LORD. 2. Because no wickedness proceeded from me when I had the opportunity, it shows my heart is not wicked towards you.”, Therefore let the LORD be judge… and see and plead my case, and deliver me out of your hand. John Trapp Complete Commentary. It was inevitable that Saul would be judged, and that he would lose the throne. Many times, a person repents and claims to recognize their sinful ways just like Saul did. "Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi" (1 Samuel 24:1). Many would only be troubled that they did not take the opportunity to kill Saul. of
Why do you listen to the words of men: David showed great kindness and tact to Saul. c. And Saul went home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold: David didn’t go back home with Saul and be restored to his home and his place at the palace because David knew that as much as Saul meant it at the moment, the struggle would be to remain in the place of victory. When David stooped with his face to the earth and bowed twice he also showed great trust in God, because he made himself completely vulnerable to Saul. Now it happened, when Saul had returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, âTake note! In his distress, Saul tried to keep Samuel from leaving, and grabbed his robe, and a portion of the prophet’s robe tore away. The wilderness of En-gedi. David Spares Saulâs Life. 3. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way. A flea? When Saul had returned from following the Philistines: In the previous chapter, God miraculously delivered David by drawing Saul away to fight the Philistines at the moment Saul was ready to capture David. iv. 1 Samuel 25:2-13 Yesterday's Victory Insufficient; 1 Samuel 26:5-14, 17-21 Sin Must Be Judged; 1 Samuel 27 Acting in Panic; 1 Samuel 28:1-19 The Dilemma of the Disobedient; 1 Samuel 29 A Believer Out of Place; 1 Samuel 30:1-8, 18-26 Seeking God's Will The sheepfolds: This indicates that this was a large cave, big enough to shelter a flock of sheep. Yes, see the corner of your robe in my hand! And he said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.” So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. 1 Samuel 24 Matthew Henry's Commentary. A Friend Indeed (1 Samuel 23:15-29) 21. In the middle of barren desert, scouts could easily detect approaching troops. But God overruled it for ensuring the present escape of David. It was an opportunity given to David to exercise faith and patience. 3:24. He wanted God’s fingerprints on that work, not his own, and he wanted the clean conscience that comes from knowing it was God’s work. Then he said to David: “You, more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil. Ought not our heart to smite us for such thoughtless conduct? Instead, we need to be like Abraham, who obeyed God even when it seemed to be at the expense of God’s promise, willing to sacrifice the son of promise (Genesis 22). Now, when David confronts Saul with the torn robe, Saul. Text -- 1 Samuel 24:1 (NET) Strongs On/Off. But when David recognized that Saul was, and refused to harm him, what David would not do is, Saul. Even more, we need to be like Jesus, who didn’t take Satan’s offer to “win back the world” at the expense of obedience (Luke 4:5-8). His soldiers and bodyguards were out of the cave waiting for him. i. All rights reserved. But even as he does he will show mercy and kindness to Saul. The same narrow natural vaulting at the entrance; the same huge natural chamber in the rock, probably the place where Saul lay down to rest in the heat of the day; the same side vaults, too, where David and his men were concealed. With these words: These were the words of a humble, tender conscience before God. Look, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. In this chapter David had a fair opportunity to destroy Saul, and, to his honour, he did not make use of it; and his sparing Saulâs life was as great an instance of Godâs grace in him as the preserving of his own life was of Godâs providence over him. DAVID IN A CAVE AT ENGEDI CUTS OFF SAUL'S SKIRT, BUT SPARES HIS LIFE. David's Divine Deliverance (1 Samuel 18:30-19:24) 17. in the Wilderness of En Gedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats. This was a great place for David and his men to hide out. David would let God plead his case and be his judge. b. I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD’s anointed: This principle of not striking out against God’s anointed leaders is good and important but sometimes has been misused. a. ii. And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in â¦ Ver. It was an opportunity given to David to exercise faith and patience. But it is entirely wrong for people to use the idea of touch not the Lord’s anointed to insulate a leader from all evaluation or accountability. 1 Samuel 24:17 - He said to David, 'You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you. Striking at God â 1 Samuel 22:6-23 (Saul kills the priests of Nob) Find Strength in God â 1 Samuel 23:1-29 (Keilah, Ziph and Maon) Returning Good for Evil â 1 Samuel 24:1-22 (David spares Saul) The Wise, the Rash and the Fool â 1 Samuel 25:1-44 (Abigail, David and Nabal) Leave It Up to God â 1 Samuel 26:1-25 (David spares Saul again) . David decided to spare Saul because he knew that God’s promise said, “You will inherit the throne of Israel.” He knew that Saul was in the way of that promise. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). He owned the justice of what David said, acknowledged his own guilt, and begged kindness to his house. Some might have said, “David, lay it on the line! Behold the day of which the Lord said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand--God had never made any promise of delivering Saul into David's hand; but, from the general and repeated promises of the kingdom to him, they concluded that the king's death was to be effected by taking advantage of some such opportunity as the present. You can also change some of your preferences. : This indicates that this was a large cave, big enough to shelter a flock of sheep.
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