1 Samuel 27

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 27

David among the Philistines.

David, in fear of King Saul who continuously pursuing him, escaped to the land of Philistine, bringing six hundred men with him.

His fleeing to the Philistine was caused by fear of King Saul, lacking in the faith of God. His dilemma was if he really became loyal to the Philistines. If he became, then he was a traitor to his own people. If he was not loyal to the Philistines, then he was a deceiver. Perhaps, he himself was uncertain, and waited for God’s guidance.

Gath (v2) was the place from which Goliath was reputed to have come. David and his men fled to the Philistine with hope of better condition for their wives and children (v.3).

Ziklag was located somewhere near the border between the Philistine territory and Judah.

Because David raided more distant and hostile people, while pretending that he had attached his own or friendly people, such as Judah, the Jerahmeelites, the Kenites, who lived in the Negeb, Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath was convinced of David’s loyalty to the Philistine.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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