Notes: July 26, 2008 – 1 Samuel 27, 1 Chronicles 12:1-22

In today’s notes we study David’s thoughts and conduct; but we do not attempt to justify them.

  • David was sure that Saul would kill him (verse 1). This was exactly opposite to both God’s promises to David and God’s providential care of David, ie. contrary both to divine revelation and to personal experience. Why would David say such a thing?
  • David thought there was nothing better to do than to go to the Philistines (verse 1). Had he not done this earlier in his life with humiliating results? When is it ever the best thing to be partners with the unsaved (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)?
  • David feigned madness the last time he was with the Philistines.  This time around he feigned loyalty and lowliness, asking for a place “in the country” (verse 15).
  • After about a year and a half, David became restless and began attacking the enemies of Judah (verses 8-9). Whose idea was this anyhow? 
  • When asked about his doings, David lied and said that he had been attacking Israelite outposts, and King Achish believed him (verse 10, 12). If I had any reason to believe that God was behind this, I would not question David’s actions; but without divine warrant I see nothing to brag about in this part of David’s life.