We left David yesterday being comforted by his parents as he hid away in a cave... begging for the Lord to spare his life. I imagine that David questioned the whole annointment by Samuel and if he would see the next day much less the throne. Today is a tough section as we see the depth of Saul’s depravity as it came to life.
Read 1 Samuel 22:6-23.
What tactics did Saul use to manipulate his men?
What is the irony of who it was that stepped up to slay the priests?
Why was David so broken following this event?
For me, this part of the story is shocking and hard. It truly reveals how far Saul had walked away from God. The hardest part for me is to picture David weeping and broken over the death of these servants of God and feeling responsible for their suffering. He never intended for his lies about his “mission” to cause the death of 85 priests. Devastating consequences.
The last question for today is really more rhetorical in nature... what behavior are you and I allowing in our hearts and lives that will lead to devastation for others?
Our sin causes pain in our lives and in the lives of others... falling like dominos. We may feel that it’s “no big deal” or that it’s even necessary at times, but sin will not go without consequences. And most of the time, it’s way more than we ever considered possible.
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at a few Psalms that David wrote following this experience. I’m so glad you’re studying with me!