August 17, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 26, 27

Reading

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SAA Notes

David flees to Gath and its king. 600 men of Gath follow David later and become his bodyguard. David acts like Odysseus in the Greek myths. He deals craftily with Israel’s enemies. Appreciate the differences between David and Jesus. When Jesus visited Gentile territory, he healed a Canaanite woman’s daughter. Matthew 15:26.

SJA Notes

“But David said to Abishai, ‘Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless?'”

These words shows again what we have seen over the last passages. David’s sheer absolute conviction in the sovereign will of God Almighty, and our adhering under it.

When Jesus taught us to pray, He gave us these words,

“… Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

It is good for us to be encouraged in this. That we are to be as David was here in this passage, but deeper and more profound and perfectly as Jesus was. To both submit under God’s will for AND go about God’s will in obedience.

When we read here in verse 9 of David and Abishai standing strong over a sleeping king Saul, we can think about Jesus.

Who can put out their hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?

What a question. What a weight. The trembling fear that can come when we think on this.

Because we crucified the Lord’s anointed! We are not guiltless! He went to the tree for our sins, our guilt!

Praise God that while we are absolutely guilty of putting our hands against Jesus, in Him, the Lord’s Christ in total fulfilment, in Him we are absolutely saved.

* Lord God Above,

We praise You for Your grace and mercy to us.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour You are!

Thank You for dealing with our guilt, the sacrifice made like no other by You.

Please help us rest in You, rely on You and find our refuge in You today.

Amen.

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