Saul reigned as King from about 1040 to 1010 BC. However, in 1028 BC God rejected Saul as king because of his disobedience and rebellion. David was anointed as king by Samuel b in 1025 BC but did not begin serving as king until 1010 BC. David killed Goliath c in 1024 BC and then served Saul as a military commander and finally married Saul’s daughter. He was also the harpist who calmed Saul when he was beset by evil spirits. Increasingly Saul became jealous of David military success and tried to kill him several times. Saul’s son Jonathan and daughter Michal, David’s wife helped David escape d.
For the next few years, David was on the run from Saul for his life. 1 Samuel 23: “13 Then David and his men, about six hundred, arose…, and they went wherever they could go….14 David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds,… And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.” Two times David had the opportunity to kill Saul but refused to take action against God’s anointed king e.
Applications in my August 7, 2016, Sunday School Lesson f from this history:
- God may test, disciple and train us for long periods of time.
- God’s always keeps His promises on His timetable, not ours.
- God uses people who may not be walking with Him to accomplice his purposes.
- God expects His people to obey all His commands and the bible says “For this the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” [1 John 5:3]
- We can trust God no matter what our circumstances and be thankful as described in the verses below:
- I Thessalonians 5: 16 Rejoice always: 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- 2 Timothy 1: 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
- Isaiah 26: 3 You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, because in the Lord, the Lord himself, is an everlasting rock! CSB
- Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
- Isaiah 40: 31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
- Psalm 37: 1 Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers. 2 For they will wither quickly like the grass 3 Trust in the Lord and do good; 4 Delight yourself in the Lord; 7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, 8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; 13 Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. 12 The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth. 13 The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.
Notes: a] 1 Samuel 15; b] 1 Samuel 16; Timeline from Biblehub with alternative timeline DavidChronologyGross; c] 1 Samuel 17; d] 1 Samuel 18-19; e] 1 Samuel 24 & 26; f] for my lesson see #10 in this link: Summer 2016 Sunday School Lessons
Henry Luke August 9, 2016; revised 6/18/2018