Saving Keilah 2 Samuel 23:1-13

David was the kind of man who couldn’t, who wouldn’t ignore a people in need. And so David enquired of the Lord whether he should go smite the Philistines and rescue Keilah.

A People In Need

David saved Keilah,
DESPITE HIS OWN TROUBLES
1 Samuel 23:1-2 (KJV)
Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.
Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.

David saved Keilah,
DESPITE ITS DANGEROUS TERRITORY
1 Samuel 23:1 (KJV)
Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.

David saved Keilah,
DESPITE THE OPPOSITION OF HIS MEN
1 Samuel 23:3-5 (KJV)
And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?
Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

David saved Keilah,
DESPITE THE EMINENT ATTACK OF SAUL
1 Samuel 23:7-9a (KJV)
And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.
And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.
And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; ….

Finally David saved Keilah,
DESPITE THE WICKENESS OF THE MEN OF KEILAH
1 Samuel 23:10-12 (KJV)
Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down.
Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.

Saving Keilah 2 Samuel 23:1-13

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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