Today Saul is back to chasing David and David gets another chance to take Saul’s life but David doesn’t touch the Lord’s anointed one. So David yells to Saul letting him know that he spared him again and Saul once again tells David that he was wrong and says, “May you be blessed, my son David!” David knows Saul is full of it and says in his heart that Saul would continue to chase him. Therefore David and all who are with him go to live with the Philistines. “And it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath; so he sought him no more.”
They dwell with Achish, the king of Gath, for over a year and David and his men begin attacking the enemies of Israel, raiding them, and killing everyone so no one could get word back to Achish. David lies to Achish and tells him that they were raiding the people of Israel. So when the Philistines gather to go to war against Israel, Achish asks David and his men to join them.
Meanwhile, Saul, out of fear of the Philistines, inquires of the Lord but the Lord doesn’t answer bc He has rejected Saul as king. The now totally desperate Saul consults a medium in order to speak to Samuel. This was a practice that was forbidden by the Lord. (There is a lot of discussion around whether it was really the spirit of Samuel or a demonic spirit. 🤷♀️ Not sure but what I am sure about are the truths we have learned so far; God is in control of all and evil can only do what the Lord allows to accomplish His purposes. I believe that is what is going on here. Now back to the Story.) The medium brings Samuel up from the dead. Samuel informs Saul that the Lord has torn the kingdom from him and given it to David bc he “…did not obey the voice of the Lord nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek”. Samuel then tells Saul that Saul and his 2 sons will be killed in battle tomorrow and Israel will be delivered to the Philistines.
Lastly we read that the princes of the Philistines do not trust David and his men to fight with them so they send them home. Tomorrow David will discover that while they were gone, the Amalekites attacked their town and took their women and children as captives. This would not have happened if Saul obeyed the Lord and destroyed them! Disobedience always has consequences. Keep reading to find out how David responds.
(1 Samuel 26:1-27:7, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 27:8-29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:19, Psalm 56)