David had previously eluded the king’s spear and the Philistines’ weapons, but perhaps he could be ensnared and ruined by a woman. Michal, Saul’s younger Daughter, who would be a “snare to him.”
The failed spear throwing episode incited fear—not in David, but in Saul.
God's promise is not accidental. David was a man under the control and direction of the Lord’s Spirit.
The end of 1 Samuel 17:55-58 gives us an odd, if not confusing, passage about Saul not knowing David’s identity. There are three possible explanations: Explanation #1: Perhaps the writer is making use of flashback in 1 Samuel 17:55–56. Saul is shown having conversation with Abner, his commander prior to David’s encounter with Goliath. At that time the king ordered his general [...]
Throughout this entire episode, David gives glory to the Lord. The practical lesson here is that God gives victory in response to our faith.
David and Goliath is not primarily a story about human courage and effort; instead, it is about the awesome power of a life built around bold faith in the Lord.
David was just what Saul needed.. Already we can see David’s abilities being recognized, yet David was not promoting himself: God was doing it. (Proverbs 22:29; 1 Peter 5:6) Too many people today try to push themselves into prominent places without first proving themselves at home in the small matters. David came to court and immediately became a favorite. Of course, if [...]
Saul’s strange behavior prompted by a “troubling/evil spirit,” caused his servants to suggest that he call a skilled musician to soothe him. Why did Saul’s servants dealt with the symptoms and not with the causes? Music could never change Saul’s sinful heart. True, the king might “feel better” afterward, but it would be a false peace. The servants should have prayed for [...]
In 1 Samuel 16:14-20, we see a sharp and heartbreaking contrast between Saul and David. The Spirit came upon David, but departed from Saul! An evil spirit was permitted by God to afflict Saul and he became, at times, like a madman. (1 Samuel 18:10; 19:9) Saul’s condition now was far worse than being without the Lord’s Spirit, for “an evil spirit [...]
After completing of the gruesome task, “Samuel left for Ramah” The separation that occurred between Saul and Samuel as they departed from Gilgal was to be permanent. But though Saul was gone from Samuel’s sight, he was not gone from his heart: “Samuel mourned for him.” Samuel experienced an intense emotional reaction in response to a distressing turn of events. Significantly, Saul’s [...]
Although too late, Saul acknowledged that he had “sinned.” Having finally understood the gravity of the prophet’s words, he dropped to his knees, begging Samuel to “forgive [his] sin.” Again, Saul misunderstood that forgiveness was an act that could not be performed by the prophet but only by the Lord himself. Saul also requested that Samuel return with him so that the [...]
Saul’s has just committed a flagrant violation of the Lord’s command. Joining Saul in his disobedience was “the army,” who also spared “the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good.” This self-serving selective obedience by both Saul and those under his command represented an early attempt—repeated countless times throughout history—to pursue gain under the guise [...]
In this section of 1 Samuel 15, Israel’s first king, Saul, was given the high privilege of fulfilling a prophecy made in the days of Moses, that of annihilating the Amalekites (Exodus 17:14–16; Numbers 24:20). With this special opportunity came special responsibility, and unhappily Saul proved unwilling to carry it out faithfully. It serves as an object lesson of how seriously God [...]
In spite of Saul, the Israelites achieved victory, pursuing the Philistines a distance of some fifteen miles. Naturally, after this hard-fought victory, “they were exhausted” (1 Samuel 14:31). The battle was over, so the men could now eat. Immediately the famished forces greedily “rushed to the plunder” (1 Samuel 14:32) and slaughtered ritually clean animals that were among the spoil. However, in [...]
In the Torah (the first 5 books of the bible), God did not require soldiers to refrain from eating during battle; it was a command conceived of by Saul in an apparent effort to gain the Lord’s favor. Saul’s zeal is understandable; because victory over Israel’s Philistine persecutors could only be accomplished with the Lord’s help. Saul thought it was appropriate for [...]
Though many Israelites had participated in the battle that day, the writer does not give Israel credit for the victory. Instead, it was the Lord who “rescued Israel that day.” He reaffirmed Jonathan’s words of faith earlier that “perhaps the Lord will work for us, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few.” (1 Samuel 14:6).