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April 3 - Morning

“Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him. David then asked Ahimelek the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, ‘Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?’

‘I’ll go with you,’ said Abishai.

So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.

Abishai said to David, ‘Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.’

But David said to Abishai, ‘Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? As surely as the Lord lives,’ he said, ‘the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that
I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.
Now get the spear and water jug that
are near his head, and let’s go.’ “

- First Samuel 26:5-12

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David's Great Insight and Decision    

David’s good judgment, his fear of the Lord and his confident trust in God have never been more evident than in this account. David’s enemy appears to have been handed over to David.
Not very many people would disagree with Abishai’s perspective and advice:

“Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground!”

But, David is walking in fellowship with the Lord and he is thinking clearly with the light of the Word of God shining on his path. Abishai’s suggestion, if implemented, would be devastating for David in these ways:

  • solidify public support against David
  • justify Saul’s accusations towards David
  • override God’s desire to appoint and remove his own king
  • place David’s rise to power in his own hands instead of the Lord’s
  • practice and reinforce civil disobedience and betrayal among his own men
  • create a unknown amount of unknowable problems because of rushing God’s plan
  • interrupt the Lord’s training and preparation of David to be king

Most importantly, David’s actions publicly demonstrate his faithfulness to Saul and expose Saul’s accusations as false. David not only walks away from this situation innocent, justified and with a public testimony of his good heart, but David also puts the pressure on Saul’s character by publicly exposing Saul’s misjudgment and paranoia while at the same time also offering Saul grace with freedom to be reconciled to David.

Ultimately, David is heaping burning coals on Saul’s head that will become a source of judgment against Saul and will lead to Saul's destruction if he chooses to continue in his unjustified pursuit of David.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“I have one goal in life…And that’s to take the gospel to everybody on planet Earth.”
– Bill Bright


Something to Ponder??

In 1115 Bernard founded the Monastery at Clairvaux. Bernard emphasized the importance of a personal experience with Jesus and in contrast to the current Scholastic trend of rational argument he said that Bible study should “penetrate hearts rather than explain words.” Bernard took the emphasis on Mary’s role in the church very serious, but rejected the Immaculate Conception (Anna’s sinless conception of Mary). Bernard vigorously called for and supported the Second Crusade.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Ephes (Hb) – End (Eng) – ‘ephes is the Hebrew word that refers to the outer or ends of space and is translated as “end,” “nothing,” “non-existent,” and “no one.” ‘Ephes is used in 1 Samuel 2:10 as “the ends of the earth.” ‘Ephes is used a total of 46x. ‘Epec is also used along with ‘ephes to
express non-existence and is translated “not” or “no.”


Ancient images of men serving as stone slingers never show these military personal wearing armor. Their speed and mobility was their defense that was coupled with the slinger’s ability to hurl a stone 100 mph accurately at victims well over 100 yards away. The fact that Goliath was a large, stationary target waiting for David to get close enough to engage him in hand to hand combat makes the defeat of Goliath very understandable.

(Details here, here and here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I let situations determine my actions, or do I make decisions according to principles of truth, morality and righteousness?
I will respond to people and situations in wisdom by doing what is right, not by doing what appears to be the most advantageous.

  "The Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in."
- Proverbs 3:12
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Prayer for Today
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An elderly person

Avoid compromise

President’s administration

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Descending a shaft cut in rock to access the Gihon Springs.

Location of the Garden Tomb outside the walls of the Old City Jerusalem.

Location of the Garden Tomb outside the walls of the Old City Jerusalem. (click on image for larger size)

Descending a shaft cut in rock to access the Gihon Springs.
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