Several instances where Saul tried to take David’s life are recorded in 1 Samuel 18–23
. In 1 Samuel 24
we are told about a time when David had the opportunity to take Saul’s life but did not. The reasons he did not can teach us an important lesson concerning our respect and loyalty to those called by the Lord.
Understanding the Scriptures
|Smote him (v. 5)||Made him feel guilty|| |
|Stayed his servants (v. 7)||Kept his men from attacking|| |
|Wherefore hearest thou (v. 9)||Why do you listen to|| |
|Bade (v. 10)||Encouraged|| |
|Cut off my seed (v. 21)||Kill my children and their children|| |
|Hold (v. 22)||Place of safety and hiding|| |
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study 1 Samuel 24.
How Would You Answer?
Apply David’s reason for not killing Saul to a situation today where friends are criticizing a Church leader in your presence. Write how you would answer this.
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