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When Relationships Collide

Mar 19, 2016




When Relationships Collide. This presentation available at: 1 Samuel 24: 1-15. LifeWay (2013). Pressure Points / When Relationships Collide. 1. 1Samuel 24:1-15 (NIV). - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • 1 Samuel 24: 1-15When Relationships Collide*This presentation available at:http://bensatterfield.weebly.comLifeWay (2013). Pressure Points / When Relationships Collide

  • 1Samuel 24:1-15 (NIV)1. After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, David is in the Desert of En Gedi. 2. So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.3. He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4. The men said, This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish. Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Sauls robe.*

  • 1Samuel 24:1-15 (cont.)5. Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.6. He said to his men, The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lords anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord. 7. With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

  • 1Samuel 24:1-15 (cont.)8. Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, My lord the king! When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. 9. He said to Saul, Why do you listen when men say, David is bent on harming you? 10. This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lords anointed. 11. See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. *

  • 1Samuel 24:1-15 (cont.)12. May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. 13. As the old saying goes, From evildoers come evil deeds, so my hand will not touch you.14. Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea? 15. May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.



  • Jealous Pursuit1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, David is in the Desert of En Gedi. 2 So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.*

  • Saul: First King of IsraelIsrael had asked for a king, "like other nations". (1 Sam. 8:4-5)God showed Samuel to anoint Saul as king. (1 Sam. 9:15-17)Saul: tall and attractive. (1 Sam. 10:22)Saul was initially reluctant (1 Sam. 10:22-23)*

  • Impact Upon SaulSaul: anxiety about his leadershipWorried about what people think (1 Sam 15:24)Usurps Samuels role (1 Sam 13: 7-14)Disobedient to instructions from Samuel (1 Sam 15)*

  • Saul and DavidDavid slays GoliathDavids reputation as a warrior grows in fight vs. Philistines People sing Davids praisesSaul becomes jealous*

  • Impact Upon SaulFor Saul: Pursuit of David became an obsession.Devoted significant resources to this effort.*

  • Back at the CaveSaul enters the cave aloneDavid and his men are hiding Cover his knees vs. take a napSaul is vulnerable

  • David's Men:

    Natural response (flesh) Kill him nowBe done with this unnecessary chase. Their lives were at risk, too.Haven't you been anointed as next king?You will be the next king anyway... They said: This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.*

  • David's ResponseDavid approached SaulDavid slices a piece of King's robe... David's conscience bothers himGod's direction vs. our "good ideas"*

  • David's ResponseTo kill Saul would be wrongHe is still God's anointedRecognizes God's authority in SaulSpirit: light & wisdomTold his men: stand down*

  • David Confronts SaulDavid emerges from cave as Saul rejoins his men.Bows in respect Honor the authority of kingTarget blame at advice of othersPiece of robe presented as evidence that David poses no threat, no intention of rebellionAppeal to God to judge between them*

  • Saul and David

    SAULParanoid, self-absorbedJealous of DavidWalk in darkness (pursue David)Afraid of men

    Make poor choicesDAVIDHas a relationship with GodWalks in lightUnjustly pursued, maintains respect for Gods annointedRefused advice of men had insight his men did notStill- impulsive act rashly. Conscience - alarm*

  • SELFFlesh - AutonomyDarknessJealousy, fear, greedConflictIt's all about me (pride)Seared conscience*Spirit - God & His kingdomLight /illuminationCompassion, mercy, honor & respectPeaceI am a servant (humility)Tender conscience

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    Verse 16 22David my son? And he wept aloud. 17 You are more righteous than I, he said. You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today. 20 I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.These events takes pace at En-GediOn the west side of the Dead SeaAbout half-way between north & south ends of the Dead SeaPicture looking west from above the Dead Sea toward En-GediRough mountainous region - Rocky crags, caves throughout the regionSee oasis next to plateau where Davids men settled get water / vegetation

    Saul is hunting David whenever the Philistines arent threateningSaul devotes resources of the country to this personal vendetta3000 young men metaphor for elite troopsIntelligence resources looking for David vs, other possible threatsWhy is he doing this?So what is it about Saul?Didnt ask to be KingEven at his coronation he was reluctant (hid in the baggage)He was tall, imposing

    Because of this he was probably insecureEarly military victories brought the adulation of the peopleWaiting for Samuel to arrive to make an offering, Saul is watching his army disintegrate before the PhilistinesHe gets fearful and takes matters into his own handsMakes the offering

    Later when told to kill Agag & the Amalekites (and all their possessions) after defeating them in battle, Saul disobeys and allows his men to hold onto the prize animals and the King as a trophy. Samuel confronts Saul and tells him that he has lost Gods favor

    Samuel says To obey is better than sacrifice and Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft & Arrogance is idolatry (1 Sam 15: 22-23)Then came the infamous standoff with the PhillistinesChallenged to 1 v 1 combat no one would stand up & fight.David took on the challenge when Saul would not

    When it was over and the Phillistine army was routed & driven out of Israel,Saul returns home to hear the cheering of the people:

    Saul has killed his thousands,David has killed his ten-thousandsFor Saul:Fear of menDavid became personal threatJealous hatred festeredFear of his throne being takenFor us:Jealousy can lead toLoss of perspectiveMisguided prioritiesSelfish obsession results in unreasonable actionsDavids men encouraged him to take matters into his own handsWhen someone has it in for us / we find ourselves in conflictWe have a choice: Taking matters into our own hands -or-Trusting God.

    Take up the offense and make it personal?Or trust the Lord to fight the battle?David tells his men to stand downHe approaches SaulCuts off a piece of the royal robe.

    Immediately, conscience bothers him.David recognized that Gods delegated authority in SaulWould not raise his hand against himUnderstood how seriously God takes the issue of rebellion and authorityWhen he took action conscience nudged him immediately

    Bumper stickersQuestion Authority Embrace Legitimate Authority

    Classic appeal (Bill Gothard: Institute on Basic Life Principles: & respectI am sure you would never have this thought on your own

    People of God: compassion vs. vengeanceJudgment & vengeance on wicked is God's job.Deliverance & vindication are from The Lord

    Let class build this comparison. On BoardOur concept of self is inextricably linked to our view of God

    Flesh wants autonomy (at enmity with God) definition of freedom todayauto unto itselfnomus rule

    Gods omniscience invaision of privacyGods law limits our freedomGods omnipotence a threat

    World view: we create our own truth invent/ decide who we are by experience (experimentation)Gods view: we are the creature (not Creator)Learn what our identity is from our creator who made us for a purposeLaws become a comfort, in His presence we find joy

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