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Lesson 688: I Samuel Chapter 26

"Lord Deliver THEM from Evil …"

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I SAMUEL CHAPTER 26

1 And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon? 2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness. 4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed. 5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about him. 6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee. 7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. 9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless? 10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. 11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. 12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them. 13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them: 14 and David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king? 15 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who is like to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thy lord. 16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the Lord liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the Lord’s anointed. And now see where the king’s spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster. 17 And Saul knew David’s voice, and said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king. 18 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand? 19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the Lord have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the Lord; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the Lord, saying, Go, serve other gods. 20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the Lord: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains. 21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly. 22 And David answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it. 23 The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the Lord delivered thee into my hand today, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed. 24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation. 25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.



Lesson No. 688 "Lord Deliver THEM from Evil …" I Samuel Chapter 26 09/17/2023 1) Those darn Ziphites were at it again, so what does king Saul do now that he has recovered from his brief stint in the spirit? (verses 1-3)


2) What does David do when he sees Saul coming after him in the wilderness? (verses 4-6) Was this a wise thing to do? Do you think God told him to do this?


3) It appears that all the men, Saul and his personal bodyguard are very sound sleepers. Nope, God helps again! What does Abishai want to do? (verses 7-8) What is David’s response? (verse 9-11)


4) David again tries to use an ‘object lesson’ to get Saul to stop this madness, what was it this time? (verses 12-13). Is God behind this?


5) What does David say to Abner? (verse 14-16) Why do you suppose that he addressed Abner regarding failing in his mission instead of speaking directly to Saul like last time? What advice might Abner now give Saul?


\6) Saul acknowledges David and David like always honors God’s anointed. (verse 17) David goes on again like last time trying to reason with Saul, but what is different this time than last time? (verses 18-20) What’s the ‘inheritance of the Lord’ for David?


7) How does Saul respond? Again is this a trick, is it sincere, or is this Saul without that ‘evil spirit’ on him? (verse 21)


8) When David hears this from Saul he could have said ‘OK, then everything is fine between us”, but what does he say? (verse 22-24) What else can David do or say to stop Saul from his course of action? What can we do other than the most important thing which is prayer, when we are in a similar situation and the other person just simply will not listen, respond, or change? Let’s see….dust….sandals….hummm.


9) Seems like Saul knows how this is going to end! (verse 25) Do you think that sometimes, someone is on a destruction course and they know it, but they just don’t seem to want to change or do anything about it? Think about all the non-believers you have witnessed to and their response to the ‘good news’. Meeting God for some people can be terrifying. What’s our job?



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