Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 24:8-15. David ran out of the cave and called for Saul saying, “My lord the king.” Saul looked back at David. David bowed to Saul telling him that he knew that Saul had heard that he was out to get him.
David explains to Saul that he had every opportunity to kill him if he wanted to. David let Saul know that he was encouraged to kill him, but spared his life because he respected Saul as the leader God anointed him to be. David was brave to confront Saul knowing that Saul was looking for him.
He begged Saul to consider the fact that he cut his skirt off, but spared his life. By David’s actions Saul should realize that David didn’t intend to harm him. David couldn’t understand why even though he had not sinned against Saul, Saul was hunting him down to kill him.
David cries out for the LORD to avenge him with Saul and deliver him out of Saul’s hands.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 24:8-15
8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed.
11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.
Things to think about:
- Why did David run after Saul?
- What did David tell Saul his intentions were?
- Who did David ask to deliver him from Saul?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture we see that David had not intentions of hurting Saul. He respected Saul as Your anointed one. David was brave to confront Saul when he knew that Saul was hunting him down to kill him. Help us to be honorable in our actions with one another as David was with Saul. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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