Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday, April 17th: 1 Samuel 24-26 ~ Kelora

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is; 1 Samuel 24-26

In these passages David spares Saul’s life twice.  It is amazing how David had the opportunity to kill Saul but acknowledges the fact that God had appointed Saul as King and he still held respect for this.  It surprises me that after David spared Saul’s life the first time that Saul would keep pursuing David.  In I Samuel 24:15 David tells Saul that “May the Lord be our judge and decide between us.  May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”  It shows that David acknowledges that God is in control and will ultimately be the judge of each of their actions.  

In Chapter 25 David requests food for his men from a wealthy man named Nabal who refuses to share and give David and his men any food.  I don’t understand his reason for not giving David and his food since they protected Nabal’s land.  Perhaps selfishness.  Nabal’s wife Abigail recognizes what a disastrous decision this was on her husband’s part and she quickly gathers enough food and meets David to avoid any consequences as a result of her husband’s poor decision.  Abigail appears to be a very wise woman and tries to protect her family from a poor decision.  This reminds me to remember when someone is need to share what we have with them and to remember to be thankful for what God has given to us.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Samuel 27:1-7, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 27:8-29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:19, Psalm 56


Nathan Reimer said...

1 Samuel 25:25
Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent.

Nabal must have been wise - street smart, because he had built up a large business which was profitable, but he wasn't spiritually wise, which is far more important and something we should want in our own lives. Wisdom from God to know how to live is something we should all desire and have as priority.

TammyIsBlessed said...

David's restraint in killing Saul and his respect for the position of King is remarkable. Saul was evil (killing of the 85 priests and their families) and it would have been pretty easy to justify killing him, but David didn't. A reminder to us to respect our governing authorities despite their evil deeds.