Friday, May 02, 2008

Saul Tries to Kill David I Samuel 19

I Samuel 19:1 "And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David."

David now goes on the run. Jonathan defends David to his father Saul. Jonathan also becomes David's informant. This verse sets the stage.

v2 "But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David saying Saul my father seeketh to kill thee, now therefore I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself."

Jonathan now talks with is father concerning David. He tells of how David has put his life in jeopardy for Saul. He used the fight with the giant to illustrate his point.

v5 For he did put his life in his hand and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?"

Saul undoubtedly loved Jonathan very much. He hearkened v6 to Jonathan for a time but his fear and jealousy was strong upon him. David is again playing for Saul in his house. Saul has his javelin in his hand when the evil spirit came on him again.

v10 "And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night."

David went home to Michal, his wife, but Saul sought him there. Michal let him down in a basket and he escaped again. David went to Ramah where Samuel was then the two went to Naioth in Ramah (Samuel's home).

Saul sent messengers to take David but when they came upon the place where the prophets were prophesying, they also prophesied. Saul sent messengers the second time and the same thing happened and also the third time. Finally Saul came himself.

v23 "And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.

Saul lay down naked all day and David escaped.v24

Psalm 103:1 "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name."

Keywords: Bible Study, Old Testament, Samuel, Israel, David, Saul, Jonathan, Ramah, Milton Southerland

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