Story of David Part II
Study of David Part 1I
David flees from Saul
Lesson Objective: A review of the life of David and how we can learn from both his shortcomings and triumphs so that we can be a man after God’s own heart.
- Understand why David was called a man after God’s own heart
- Understand the importance of true repentance
- Differentiate between David and Saul
- Be able to identify character flaws of David
- Identify lessons to be learned from those character flaws
Scripture: Acts 13: 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
Scripture: (1 Samuel 24:6‐7) “[David] said to his men, ‘The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.’ With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.”
1 Is the question why God or is it What do you want me to learn God?
- Why do you think God put David in Saul’s Court?
- David begins a journey of deceit
- David lies to Ahimelech
- Samuel 21:1-2 ESV Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. And Ahimelek came to meet David, trembling, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you?” David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place
- David’s lie is uncovered 1 Samuel 21: 7 Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.
- David lies to Ahimelech
- 1 Samuel 22: 17-18 Then the king ordered the guards at his side: “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me.” But the king’s officials were unwilling to raise a hand to strike the priests of the Lord18 The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.
- David accepts responsibility for his actions
- But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David.21 He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22 Then David said to Abiathar, “That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family. 23 Stay with me; don’t be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me.”
- Saul Pursues David
- 1 Samuel 23: 1-2After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.”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 Goats.
- David does not harm Saul
- 24: 3-4 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.4 The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said[b] to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
- David appeals to Saul
- 1 Samuel 24: 9 -10 He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’?10 This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’.
- Abigail and Nabal story
- 1 Samuel 25 is the story
- When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the Lord, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Verse 39
- David lives with the Philistines 1 Samuel 27: 5-7
- Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be assigned to me in one of the country towns, that I may live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?” So on that day Achish gave him Ziklag, and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since. 7 David lived in Philistine territory a year and four months
- Saul and David choose different paths when making a decision
- 1 Samuel 28: 5-7
When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6 When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets. 7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.”
- Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, "Please bring the ephod here to me." And Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
- ( David wanted to know if he should fight the Amalekites who had destroyed Ziklag
- David reflects his character
- And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them 1 Samuel 30:21