Adultery, betrayal, revenge, and retribution as David falls away from God’s path.
David now starts to pay his debts. He had promised Jonathan that if anything ever happened to him, he would look after his family. Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth is still alive and probably in hiding. He was crippled at a young age when he was dropped by his nurse. So he’s no great specimen of a leader in the physical sense, but he still has the blood of Saul and Jonathan in his veins. David could have easily seen him as a threat to his kingship. Instead of looking at him as a threat, he sees in him an opportunity that has multiple assets.
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David consolidates power, assumes the throne of Israel, and captures Jerusalem as the new capital.
David returns to Ziklag from chasing the Amalekites, an important action because it totally exonerates him from having any hand in the death of Saul. In fact, it isn’t until three days later that he even hears about the death of Saul, and of his son Jonathan. His actions concerning the Amalekite who brings him the message are very important in securing the path towards his future. The messenger is expecting a reward, not only for bringing the news of Saul’s death, but for helping the king escape being captured, and probably tortured, by acceding to his wishess and finishing him off after his botched suicide attempt.
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Saul continues to provoke battle, while David paves the way for his kingly future.
It is interesting to note the briefness of the statement of the death of Samuel. He is, after all, the one for whom these books are named, and he was the great prophet of Israel. No details of the funeral other than to say that “all Israel gathered.” Does that mean a truce was declared and David came? Does it mean that he didn’t come and was therefore not considered part of Israel anymore? The truth is we just don’t know any of these details, and the chronicler of the story evidently did not consider them worthy of mention. That is significant in itself.
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Young David enters the scene.
So God says to Samuel, “Well, that one didn’t work out so well, get over it and let’s find the right one this time.” But Samuel is a little nervous about taking such a step. Kind of strange for a prophet, don’t you think? Here he has a direct pipeline to God, and he is doing exactly what God wants him to do, and he seems worried that Saul is going to kill him. You would think a prophet would just “boldly go where no one has gone before” without a care in the world. After all, the Big Guy is on his side and has told him to do this. Yet we see that even those folks who have this particular relationship with God still suffer from the normal concerns of us normal creatures.
Continue reading Bible Study Series: The Book of First Samuel (Week Three Notes)