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Day 111 – Saul Tries to Kill David


Thoughts and Reflection

Today in the bible in a year journey we read more about David. David and Jonathan make a covenant with one another. This relationship between David and Jonathan is one of the greatest examples of friendship in Scripture. There are several examples in the early church where saints form deep friendships because of their mutual devotion to Christ.

We might expect Jonathan to be jealous of David, since Jonathan would have received the crown after the death of his father, Saul. But he knows that the Lord has different plans for David so he does not see David as a threat. Jonathan understands that it is God’s plan for him to be the king.

As Saul travels to the different cities around Israel, he hears the people singing that he slays thousands and David slays “ten thousand.” Here, his vanity flares up and he becomes angry.

How do we escape being overly concerned with others’ opinions? We need to remember that only what God thinks of us really matters. In his envy and bitterness, Saul tries to kill David several times. So David is on the run from Saul and when he is given the opportunity he responds with mercy and forgiveness.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

1 Samuel 18

1 When David had finished talking to Saul, Jonathan felt an instant affection for David; Jonathan loved him like his very self;

2 Saul engaged him that very day and would not let him go home to his father.

3 Jonathan made a pact with David, since he loved him like his very self;

4 Jonathan took off the cloak which he was wearing and gave it to David, and his armour too, even including his sword, his bow and his belt.

5 Wherever David was sent on a mission by Saul, he was successful, and Saul put him in command of the fighting men; all the people respected him and so did Saul’s staff.

6 On their return, when David was coming back from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the towns of Israel singing and dancing to meet King Saul, with tambourines, sistrums and cries of joy;

7 and as they danced the women sang: Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.

8 Saul was very angry; the incident displeased him. ‘They have given David the tens of thousands,’ he said, ‘but me only the thousands; what more can he have, except the throne?’

9 And Saul watched David jealously from that day onwards.

10 The following day, an evil spirit from God seized on Saul and he fell into a frenzy while he was indoors. David played the harp as on other occasions; Saul had a spear in his hand.

11 Saul brandished the spear; he said, ‘I will pin David to the wall!’ David evaded him twice.

12 Saul feared David, since Yahweh was with him and had withdrawn from Saul.

13 So Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him commander of a thousand; he led the people on campaign.

14 In all his expeditions, David was successful and Yahweh was with him.

15 And Saul, seeing how very successful he was, was afraid of him.

16 All Israel and Judah loved David, however, since he was their leader on campaign.

17 Saul said to David, ‘This is my elder daughter Merab; I shall give her to you in marriage; but you must serve me bravely and fight Yahweh’s wars.’ Saul thought, ‘Better than strike the blow myself, let the Philistines do it!’

18 David replied to Saul, ‘Who am I and what is my lineage — and my father’s family — in Israel, for me to become the king’s son-in-law?’

19 When the time came for Merab daughter of Saul to be given to David, she was given to Adriel of Meholah instead.

20 Now Michal daughter of Saul fell in love with David. When Saul heard this he was pleased.

21 He thought, ‘Yes, I shall give her to him; she can be the snare for him, so that the Philistines will get him.’ (On two occasions, Saul told David, ‘Today, you shall be my son-in-law.’)

22 Saul gave instructions to his servants, ‘Have a private word with David and say, “Look, the king is fond of you and all his servants love you — why not be the king’s son-in-law?” ‘

23 Saul’s servants repeated these words in David’s ear, to which David replied, ‘Do you think that becoming the king’s son-in-law is a trivial matter; I have neither wealth nor position.’

24 Saul’s servants then reported back, ‘This is what David said.’

25 Saul replied, ‘Tell David this, “The king desires no bride-price except one hundred Philistine foreskins, in vengeance on the king’s enemies.” ‘ Saul was counting on getting David killed by the Philistines.

26 When his servants repeated this to David, David thought it would be a fine thing to be the king’s son-in-law. And no time was lost

27 before David got up to go, he and his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines. David brought their foreskins back and counted them out before the king, so that he could be the king’s son-in-law. Saul then gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.

28 Saul could not but see that Yahweh was with David, and that the whole House of Israel loved him;

29 Saul became more afraid of David than ever, and became his inveterate enemy.

30 The Philistine chiefs kept mounting their campaigns but, whenever they did so, David proved more successful than any of Saul’s staff; consequently he gained great renown.

1 Samuel 19

1 Saul let his son Jonathan and all his servants know of his intention to kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, held David in great affection;

2 and Jonathan warned David, ‘My father Saul is looking for a way to kill you, so be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding, stay out of sight.

3 I shall go out and keep my father company in the countryside where you will be, and shall talk to my father about you; I shall see what the situation is and then tell you.’

4 Jonathan spoke highly of David to Saul his father and said, ‘The king should not harm his servant David; far from harming you, what he has done has been greatly to your advantage.

5 He took his life in his hands, he killed the Philistine, and Yahweh brought about a great victory for all Israel. You saw for yourself. How pleased you were! Why then sin against innocent blood by killing David for no reason?’

6 Saul was impressed by Jonathan’s words. Saul swore, ‘As Yahweh lives, I will not kill him.’

7 Jonathan called David and told him all this. Jonathan then brought him to Saul, and David remained in attendance as before.

8 War broke out again and David sallied out to fight the Philistines; he inflicted a great defeat on them and they fled before him.

9 An evil spirit from Yahweh came over Saul while he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand; David was playing the harp.

10 Saul tried to pin David to the wall with his spear, but he avoided Saul’s thrust and the spear stuck in the wall. David fled and made good his escape. That same night

11 Saul sent agents to watch David’s house, intending to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, ‘If you do not escape tonight, you will be a dead man tomorrow!’

12 Michal then let David down through the window, and he made off, took to flight and so escaped.

13 Michal then took a domestic image, laid it on the bed, put a tress of goats’ hair at the head of the bed and put a cover over it.

14 When Saul sent the agents to arrest David, she said, ‘He is ill.’

15 Saul sent the agents back to see David, with the words, ‘Bring him to me on his bed, for me to kill him!’

16 So in the agents went, and there in bed was the image, with the tress of goats’ hair on its head!

17 Saul then said to Michal, ‘Why have you deceived me like this and let my enemy go, and so make his escape?’ Michal replied to Saul, ‘He said, “Let me go, or I shall kill you!” ‘

18 David, having fled and made his escape, went to Samuel at Ramah and told him exactly how Saul had treated him; he and Samuel went and lived in the huts.

19 Word was brought to Saul, ‘David is in the huts at Ramah.’

20 Saul accordingly sent agents to capture David; when they saw the community of prophets prophesying, and Samuel there as their leader, the spirit of God came over Saul’s agents, and they too fell into frenzy.

21 When Saul was told of this, he sent other agents, and they too fell into frenzy; Saul then sent a third group of agents, and they fell into frenzy too.

22 He then went to Ramah himself and, arriving at the large storage-well at Seku, asked, ‘Where are Samuel and David?’ And someone said, ‘Why, they are in the huts at Ramah!’

23 Making his way from there to the huts at Ramah, the spirit of God came over him too, and he went along in a frenzy until he arrived at the huts at Ramah.

24 He too stripped off his clothes and he too fell into a frenzy in Samuel’s presence, then collapsed naked on the ground for the rest of that day and all night. Hence the saying: Is Saul one of the prophets too?

Psalm 59

1 [For the choirmaster Tune: ‘Do not destroy’ Of David In a quiet voice When Saul sent men to watch David’s house in order to have him killed] Rescue me from my enemies, my God, be my stronghold from my assailants,

2 rescue me from evil-doers, from men of violence save me.

3 Look at them, lurking to ambush me, violent men are attacking me, for no fault, no sin of mine, Yahweh,

4 for no guilt, they come running to take up position. Wake up, stand by me and keep watch,

5 Yahweh, God of Sabaoth, God of Israel, rise up, to punish all the nations, show no mercy to all these malicious traitors.

6 Back they come at nightfall, snarling like curs, prowling through the town.

7 Look how they rant in speech with swords on their lips, ‘Who is there to hear us?’

8 For your part, Yahweh, you laugh at them, you make mockery of all nations.

9 My strength, I keep my eyes fixed on you. For my stronghold is God,

10 the God who loves me faithfully is coming to meet me, God will let me feast my eyes on those who lie in wait for me.

11 Do not annihilate them, or my people may forget; shake them in your power, bring them low, Lord, our shield.

12 Sin is in their mouths, sin on their lips, so let them be trapped in their pride for the curses and lies that they utter.

13 Destroy them in your anger, destroy them till they are no more, and let it be known that God is Master in Jacob and the whole wide world.

14 Back they come at nightfall, snarling like curs, prowling through the town,

15 scavenging for something to eat, growling unless they have their fill.

16 And so I will sing of your strength, in the morning acclaim your faithful love; you have been a stronghold for me, a refuge when I was in trouble.

17 My strength, I will make music for you, for my stronghold is God, the God who loves me faithfully.


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