2 Samuel 21:1 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the Lord. And the Lord said, “It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.”
The way you live your life will either hinder or benefit your prayer life? Peter tells us this when he exhorts men: “You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way,…show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” A. We see David’s prayers being hindered because of the sin Saul committed in his role as the King of Israel against the Gibeonites. B About 25 years later a great famine had come over the land of Israel, and David was seeking God’s face. C
Because there was guilt on Saul and his house for breaking Israel’s oath with Gibeon and slaughtering them, God would not answer David’s prayers. We see here not only God’s dislike for Saul’s sin but also His grace in giving David the opportunity to satisfy Saul’s sin, which is exactly what David does.
Do you have a guilty conscience? Has the Spirit placed a conviction of sin on your heart for something you said or an action you took? When you go to the Lord in prayer, confess your sin, ask for forgiveness, and then go and be reconciled with anyone who you have wronged; Then, by the grace of God, what was said of Israel may also be said of you: “And after that God was moved by prayer for their land” D.
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Notes; A– 1 Peter 3:7; B– The story starts with Joshua not asking God for guidance when the Gibeonites came claiming to be from a far-off land and asking for a peace treaty with mighty Israel in 1405 BC. For the story about the peace treaty found in Joshua 9 click here. So the Gibeonites had a long-term commitment of protection from Israel which Saul violated. Saul’s violation is not reported anywhere else so we do not know when it occurred. Saul reigned 1043-1010 BC, so it was from 363-395 after the commitment to the Gibeonites. C– We don’t know when the famine occurred but it was after David provided for Mephibosheth in 995 BC, see 2 Samuel 21:7. Therefore it was at least 15-40 years after Saul’s violation. D– 2 Samuel 21:14d; E-