1 Samuel 30:6 The Enemy’s Fatal Mistakes

1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV)
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

I read recently that, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Nimitz was given command of the Pacific Fleet. After surveying the destruction at Pearl Harbor, Nimitz was said to have summarized the trip by saying, “Either our enemy made a huge blunder at Pearl Harbor, or God truly protected us in the attack.” He went on to cite what he considered to be three fatal mistakes the Japanese made. 

I see in this passage something very similar. It was a sad situation and David and his men had reason to be distressed. But David could also see a reason to encourage himself in the Lord:

The enemy had left all the people alive
This gave David’s men hope and motivation to pursue and attack them. Had the enemy slain everyone, David’s distressed men may not have had the will to overtake their enemy. 

The enemy left the Egyptian slave alive
They left him by the way because he was sick and because they didn’t want to be slowed down by him. How could they have known that he would recover, that David would find him and that he would lead David to his enemy?

The enemy did not anticipate David would track him down
So once David and his men caught up with them, they found them vulnerable and unprepared to defend against David. 

When distressing circumstances come our way, be encouraged in the Lord. The enemy of our soul has made fatal mistakes. Look for them and exploit them. 

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1 Samuel 29:3 The Bible is Readable

1 Samuel 29:3 (KJV)
Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?

The Bible is a readable book. I believe with every fiber of my being that it is living and supernatural. I am certain that it requires the illumination of the Holy Spirit and not necessarily the education of men to interpret it. Still, it is readable. It uses phrases common to men and easy to relate. Its words are expressive and full but not high minded and intellectual. Consider our passage as an example. 

First, the Bible gives us the words of the heathen king. 
God doesn’t try to brainwash us with just one side of the story. We get to hear from all sides and form our own opinions. 

Second, the Bible uses the language of the hour.
The Word of God is not “sterilized” and Christianized. It speaks what was spoken. 

Third, the word of God provides common sentiments and expressions. 
Note the phrase, “these days or these years.” David has lived in Gath at this time one year and four months. The phrase could reference that. Adam Clarke writes, “I suppose these words to mark no definite time, and may be understood thus: ‘Is not this David, who has been with me for a considerable time?’” 

I suppose that’s about as good an answer as any. 🤠

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1 Samuel 25:10 Now A Days

1 Samuel 25:10 (KJV)
And Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master.

It seems to me that so much emphasis is placed on David or Abigail that Nabal is sometimes relegated to an afterthought in this narrative. Much good could come from meditating upon him, his character, and his ruin. 

Nabal prospered in a tough time. Whether it was honest prosperity is questionable. He’s married well which is likely due to his wealth. He knows he lives in tough times. He is aware of David, or stories of men like him. He is aware of the days, and he is suspicious of young men with influence. He is cynical and selfish. He might have become a loner because he doesn’t know who to trust. Saul is no great leader, but who can tell if anyone would be better?

Seems like we might be living in a similar time. Who knows if there will ever be another politician we can trust? Young people seem to be so full of self. Millennials seem to be without initiative. If a young man does have drive, he is probably worldly. It wouldn’t be difficult to become a Nabal nowadays.  

Better get our eyes on Jesus. There is plenty of reason to have hope and a tender heart for others. 

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1 Samuel 23:4 To Do The Impossible

1 Samuel 23:4 (KJV)
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.

This is a powerful passage of leadership.

The people of Keilah were under threat of the Philistines. Israel’s current king, Saul, should have focused on rescuing these people from them. He was so focused on his hatred for David that he was not only unconcerned for their trial but willing to destroy them himself in order to get David. David is the God anointed king. At this stage in his life, David led a small handful of just 600 men. Yet David had the heart to save the people of Keilah from the Philistines. 

He inquired of the Lord whether he should help them. 
God said, Go.

His men expressed to David their concern. 
They were a threatened group already. A battle with the Philistines would just threaten them all the more.

Then David inquired of the Lord again.
God confirmed that he should save Keilah and fight the Philistines, and his men went with him to the contest.

First, I see in David a heart for souls. Secondly, I see in him an ear for his followers. Thirdly I see in him, and his followers a faith in the Lord.

Very often God asks us to do that which is impossible in the flesh. It is only right to step back a moment, hear the concerns of those involved and be certain that the thing is of God. But then, thank God for those who will trust Him and step out to do the impossible.

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1 Samuel 17:1 I Believe the Bible

1 Samuel 17:1 (KJV)
Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.

I understand that the phrase, “Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah” intends to describe where Shochoh is. It is in that lot of land that was part of Judah’s inheritance. But I also see a statement of truth that the Philistines resisted. They meant to take what belonged to Judah away from them.

This disagreement with basic Bible facts is a major cause of conflict around the world even today. Bible believers accept that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews. Other peoples have gathered there. They even have armies there. But they do not belong there. That land belongs to Israel. 

The Bible says so. God says so. 

The Palestinians are not the only ones who disagree with the Bible. Major philosophical and political controversies occur worldwide between those leaders who believe that land belongs to Israel and those who do not. Here in the U.S. American citizens align with political parties and often elect or attempt to replace elected officials, in part whether or not they believe the Bible that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews. 

I believe the Bible. 

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1 Samuel 15:9 The People Insisted

1 Samuel 15:9 (KJV)
But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

The Old Testament serves to provide illustrations both of New Testament truth and of the human experience. In this infamous sin of Saul (as the leader and representative of the people) we see much human nature.

Saul and the people professed a relationship with God
The battle with the Amalekites was an action directly ordered by God. 

Saul and the people were only too happy to destroy what was vile and refuse. 
Who would want those in their lives?

Saul and the people justified keeping what was, in their eyes, good. 
After all, they could at the least be offered in sacrifice to God. 

I think I see much of the same thing in modern Christianity. The people are happy to profess faith. They are happy and even expect their faith to help rid them of what is the worst of the flesh and the world. But they hang on to and justify keeping those things of the world they believe to have value. They will even convert it into something Christian. Music is one example. 

What might be worse is that their pastors will let them and lead them in doing it. Some of them, I suspect, believe they will be on good ground when they stand before the Lord and say something to the effect of, “I didn’t really approve, Lord, but the people insisted.”

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1 Samuel 13:11 The Test Is In The Timing

1 Samuel 13:11 (KJV)
And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

Notice the separation of authority and responsibility that occurs in this passage. Clearly Saul and Samuel were of different offices. The people had demanded that God give them a king, and God obliged. He did not, however, impart into that king authority in spiritual matters. 

Notice further that the office of the preacher was above that of the king. It was the preacher who rebuked the king and it was the king who offered an excuse. 

It seems to me that the matter tested in this account was that of faith. God seldom works in our time. Those who insist on a man-made, tightly framed schedule might frequently schedule God right out of their plans. There was an appointed time and it certainly appears to me that Samuel got there on time. He just didn’t get there in Saul’s time. 

The king’s business might require haste. Seldom does God’s. 

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1 Samuel 10:7 And God’s Response?

1 Samuel 10:7 (KJV)
And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

Though the people had rejected God and insisted upon a king, God in mercy was with that king. 

What a merciful and gracious God is ours! We so often choose our own way. We, in a show of vain dependence, claim to love Him while at the same time choosing the way of the world. We call ourselves by His name. We happily believe that He calls us His children. Still, we follow the world as often or more than we follow Him. 

And God’s response? 

He blesses us. He gifts us. He goes with us, He loves us and He so frequently uses us. 

Saul was not the man God had to lead them. If they had trusted the Lord, He would have provided so much better. The same is true in our case. 

But I am glad that God is with us even when we do not wait on Him as we should. 

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1 Samuel 7:6 Water Means Life

1 Samuel 7:6 (KJV)
And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.

The sacrifice of water seems so counter-intuitive to me.

  • It is free of charge
  • It is generally available
  • It is common 

But recently our well pump went out and I was reminded of how necessary water is.

They drew the water, no doubt from a well someone had dug. There was effort, resources, and financial investment placed in giving the well. Someone before them had gone before and provided this blessing. 

Water is essential for life. 
They say we can go only three days without it. 

Springs of water is used to typify the Holy Spirit 
Without Him we are incapable of understanding the Bible, empowered prayer, efficient service or effective prayer.

Water means joy, refreshing, calmness, and peace of soul.
To pour water out in sacrifice then, was a potent emblem of the need of Almighty God.

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1 Samuel 5:7 Your Choice

1 Samuel 5:7 (KJV)
And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

What an interesting thing. After witnessing and acknowledging, that the God of the Jews was more powerful than them or their god, the Philistine’s response was to remove the God of the Jews. 

  • They did not repent before Him
  • They did not embrace Him as their own
  • They did not quit their trust in Dagon 

They drove away the true and living God. (Consider, if God had wanted, He could have prevented even that. God does not force Himself upon any man.)

This truth was demonstrated in the years Jesus walked upon the earth. There were so many undeniable proofs that He is God. There were so many opportunities for the people to acknowledge that His gospel was far superior to the man-made traditions of the Jews. Yet they chose to drive Him away in crucifixion. (God could have prevented Christ’s death. Even here He did not force Himself upon them.)

And now we are witnessing a widespread abandonment of Jesus Christ. We have centuries of evidence that mankind does better when following the Lord. Even with the errors of some professing believers, still, Christianity has markedly improved the status of men. Today, however, people label Christ as the terrorist. They drive Him away in favor of alternate lifestyles, gender mutilation, communist policies and the sacrifice of untold millions of babies. 

God could prevent all of this. The fact is, He will not force Himself on men. But that is not forever. One day, left to their own devices, men will have turned themselves reprobate. In that day, the Lord will return, not as a Lamb but as a Lion. He will then assume authority, slay the wicked one and rule with a rod of iron. 

It would be best if men submit to Him before that day.

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