1 Samuel 24:1-22 When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi...
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Put this scene in your own words. What is David's reason for not killing Saul when he had the chance (24:6-7, 10)? How does that affect Saul? What do you learn about David's view of the Lord (24:9-15)? About the value of obeying the Lord?
David is presented with the perfect opportunity to get revenge by killing Saul in 1 Samuel 24. Yet, he doesn't do it.
David and his men are hiding in a cave from Saul when Saul actually enters the cave to go to the bathroom. David's men urge David to kill Saul, reminding him of the Lord's words that He would give David his enemy into his hand. (vs. 4). David wavers but then stops, telling his men that he will not harm Saul because Saul is "the Lord's anointed." Then, instead of killing Saul, David follows him outside the cave, recognizes him as king, tells Saul that he will not harm him and even swears to Saul that he will not cut off Saul's family or family name. Pretty remarkable considering everything that had happened up to this point.
So what did 1 Samuel 24 show you about revenge? How can we use this passage to help us deal with people who have treated us poorly or unfairly? Tami W.
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