Déjà Vu All Over Again?
In both accounts, David acts wisely — by not taking matters into His own hands.
- Many think 1 Samuel 24 and 26 are different traditions of the same event, but there are important differences. David here comes across Saul by choice
- Double testimony was required under the Law; this reinforces this account’s significance (cf. Dt 19:5)5
- David again spares Saul and Saul again takes the blame 6. David acts wisely
- David does not kill his way to the top; he does not take matters into his own hands
- God gives David an opportunity to show grace, not take revenge
- “People who oppose God’s plans are eventually shown to be fools” 7. When it comes to standing before God’s Messiah, there’s no middle ground 8
- Whether a deep sleep, “a perfectly aimed stone”, or a “word of revelation”: The LORD can give His saints exactly what they need 9
- David trusts the LORD for his protection and deliverance 10 – not in men (cf. Ps 118:8)
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