Today’s passage: 1 Samuel 22:1-23
- The stronghold of Edom would not be David’s stronghold. God was to be David’s stronghold.
- Saul has now made it clear to all of his men, if they withheld information from him, they are aiding his “enemy.”
- Eighty five priests and the rest of the city of Nob died that day to make an example of anyone who would side with David from that day forward, even though they all knew that David had been loyal to Saul.
- It took an Edomite (Someone who had been detained) to be willing to carry out Saul’s order.
- What Saul was unwilling to do to the Amalekites and king Agag under the command of the Lord, he was now willing to do to a city within his own country. A city full of priests who were to point people to the LORD!
Questions to consider:
- Once David heard this command from the Lord to go back to Judah, where was he the safest? Why?
- Why didn’t Saul try to have all the armed men executed who wouldn’t obey his command? How would that have ended?
- What is still the number one objective of Saul’s heart? What kinds of things do we become willing to do when our number one objective is to exalt and preserve ourselves? How is this mentality contrary to the work of Jesus (Philippians 2:5-8)?