Notes: July 8, 2008 – 1 Samuel 19-20

Meditation Points:

  • Michal lied to the king’s messengers, and to her father the king, in order to help David escape with his life (19:13-14). Rahab hid the spies from Jericho’s soldiers. Many people hid Jews from Nazi soldiers. Would you have done the same?
  • Did Micahl lie (to protect herself?) when she blamed David for the ruse (19:17)?
  • Although Samuel was no longer involved in the day-to-day government of Israel, he did not retire completely from society. Still he ministered as head of the school of the prophets (19:20); and it was to him that David ran (19:18).
  • A whole lot of prophesying going on (19:20-24).
    • the prophets
    • three groups of soldiers
    • king Saul himself
  • Prophesying may also include praising God and preaching, as well as foretelling the future. Whatever is was that they were doing, it distracted the soldiers and Saul from their goal of arresting David.
  • David and Jonathan covenanted to protect one another (20:16-17, 42). No greater love has any man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
  • Jonathan lied to his father, king Saul, about David’s whereabouts (1 Samuel 20:28-29). We really do need to discuss all this lying.
  • Jonathan learned the ugly truth about his father’s intent to kill David (20:33). Such discoveries about beloved family are never pleasant.