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May 22, 2022 – 1 Samuel 24:1-22 – David Spares Saul

Saul, in pursuit of David with 3,000 men, enters a cave alone in En-Gedi where David and his men are hiding. David sneaks up and cuts off the corner of Saul’s garment without his knowledge, then later shows it to … Continue reading

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May 8, 2022 – 1 Samuel 23:14-29 – David Betrayed in the Wilderness of Ziph

When David flees to the Wilderness of Ziph, the Ziphites betray him to King Saul. Jonathan finds him first and encourages him. Then Saul surrounds David and his men, but they slip away through a miraculous intervention. David later wrote … Continue reading

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May 1, 2022 – 1 Samuel 23:1-13 – David Defeats the Philistines Who Were ‘Robbing the Threshing Floors’

David and his men hear that the Philistines are “robbing the threshing floors” at the town of Keilah, so after inquiring of God through Abiathar the high priest, they attack and route the enemy. But Saul now thinks he has … Continue reading

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April 24, 2022 – 1 Samuel 22 – Murder of the Priests of Nob

David secures a place of safety for his family in Moab, and then returns to Judah at the direction of the seer Gad. Meanwhile, Doeg informs King Saul about the High Priest Ahimelech’s aid to David. Saul orders the High … Continue reading

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April 17, 2022 – 1 Samuel 21:10-15 – David Feigns Madness

David flees to the Philistine court of King Achish in Gath, Goliath’s home city. His identity is discovered, and he has to feign madness, which causes Achish to send him away. Psalm 34 and 56 are written based on this … Continue reading

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April 10, 2022 – 1 Samuel 21:1-10 – David and the Priests of Nob

David is now an outlaw. He seeks aid from the priests tending the Tabernacle, but Saul’s servant Doeg the Edomite sees him there. David and his companions receive the shewbread to eat, and David is given Goliath’s sword. Notes on … Continue reading

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February 27, 2022 – 1 Samuel 20 – The Parting of David and Jonathan

Jonathan promises to find out Saul’s true feelings toward David. He tells David to stay hidden in a field. To keep their meeting secret, he will shoot arrows to communicate – if the arrow falls beyond where David is hiding, … Continue reading

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