First Samuel 26
In chapter 24 David restrained himself when he had the chance to kill Saul
In chapter 26 David put himself in a position to kill Saul.
David will rebuke Abishai for wanting to kill Saul. David will rebuke Abner for not protecting Saul.
6-12 David and Abishai in Saul’s Camp
o Sees this as an opportunity of deliverance from God
o Often in scriptures wants to solve the problem by killing someone
o Confident about his own strength. “. . .pin him to the ground with one thrust. . .I won’t strike him twice.”
· Cutting Saul’s robe was a sign of taking his authority as king.
· Saul’s spear symbolized death. Saul’s water jug symbolized life.
13-16 David rebukes Abner
· David’s question seems to indicate it took awhile to wake up Saul and his troops: “Aren’t you going to answer me?”
· David challenges Abner with three questions:
o You’re a man, aren’t you?
Who is like you in
o Why didn’t you guard your lord the king?
· Conclusion: “As surely as the lord lives, you. . .deserve to die.”
17-25 A Conversation between Saul and David
· Saul addresses David as “my son” in the first (17), middle (21), and last (25) verse.
· David addresses Saul as “my lord the king” and as “my father” in chapter 24. Here in chapter 26 he only calls him “my lord the king.” (17, 19) probably because:
o Michal has been taken from him
o Saul has already conceded the crown to David in chapter 24:20
· In verse 19 David claims his innocence and gives two reasons why Saul is pursuing David:
o The Lord incited Saul. . . . . so David asks that God accept an offering
o Men have lied to Saul about David. . . . . may they be cursed before the Lord.
Driven from the
Lord’s inheritance is a reference from being driven from the
Forced to “serve
other gods” is understood when it is considered that
In verse 20 David
points out the ridiculousness of the greatest man in
· A partridge was a great runner with great speed when chased. But the partridge would eventually become exhausted, stop running and be easily knocked down by the hunters stick.
· Saul’s final words to David are “May you be blessed, . . . you will do great things and surely triumph.”
Chapter 27 David goes to live with the Philistines.