Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 24:1-7. When Saul returned from battle with the Philistines he learned that David was in the wilderness of Engedi. Saul gathered three thousand men and went out to find David and his men in the rocks of wild goats, near the desert of Engedi.
As Saul and his men journeyed to find David, they came to some sheep pens along the way. Close by was a cave and Saul went in to relieve himself. Saul wasn’t aware that David and his men were in the back of the cave.
David’s men told him that the LORD had delivered his enemy, Saul, into his hands and he could do whatever he wanted to Saul. David crept up behind Saul and cut off the tail of Saul’s robe without Saul even knowing David was anywhere around.
David’s conscience bothered him. He felt guilty for cutting off Saul’s skirt. David told his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.” Then, he forbids his men to go after Saul.
Saul left the cave and went on his way still not knowing that David and his men were in the same cave he was in or that David sneaked up behind him and cut off the tail of his robe.
David took his opportunity to get the advantage over Saul then felt guilty for his actions. Have you ever taken an opportunity to get the upper hand on someone and then felt guilty for your actions? This is how David was feeling.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 24:1-7
1 And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.
2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.
3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.
5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.
6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.
7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
Things to think about:
- Where was David and his men hiding out?
- What did Saul do when he found out where David was?
- What did David do to Saul?
- What was David’s reaction to what he had done to Saul?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in 1 Samuel we see that David had an opportunity to kill Saul if he wanted to, but he only cut off the tail of his robe. David then felt guilty for his actions against Saul. Help us to use discretion in our interactions with other people. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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