1 Samuel 22-24
The Waiting King: David (God’s choice), cont’d. 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 22:1-5-David leaves and hides out in the cave of Adullam (a place near the western edge of the hill country near the Philistine border, 10 miles southeast of Gath). About 400 people came and stayed with him. These were people who were experiencing difficult times. David then took his family to Moab for safety. The prophet Gad told him to leave and to go to Judah. So David took them to the forest of Hereth.
1 Samuel 22:6-23-Saul sends for Ahimelech. He accuses him of betraying him and siding with David. Saul tells his men to kill Ahimelech and all the priests...but they refuse. So, he tells Doeg to do it...and he so…killing 85 priests and their families. Only one son of Ahimelech escapes to David, Ahitub.
1 Samuel 23:1-12-David hears that the Philistines are attacking Keilah, a city in Judah. He takes the men with him and rescues it. Then he hears that Saul is coming and he prays. God tells him that the very people that he has just rescued will turn him over to Saul...so he leaves.
1 Samuel 23:13-29-David now has about 600 men. The people from Ziph go to Saul and tell him where David is hiding. Saul starts chasing David...but just when he is about to close in on him he receives word that the Philistines are attacking and he has to leave.
1 Samuel 24:1-Saul returns again to chase David in the Engedi (a lush area north of the Dead Sea). Saul went into a cave to go to the bathroom...David and his men were hiding inside it. David had the opportunity to kill Saul...but didn't. When Saul left the cave David revealed himself...and told Saul that he meant him no harm. Saul felt sorrow for his attitude towards David. He acknowledged that one day David would be king...and made David make a covenant that he would not destroy Saul's family.
Prayer: Lord, please give me the wisdom to recognize Your voice and Your will when I am facing difficult decisions. Don’t let me be wrongly influenced by other people. Even well-meaning people.