Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Samuel
The Beloved of God Meaning
Why David Flees From Saul
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The Beloved of God Truth
David Flees From Saul Cause
Happy to have you here to share more Daily Bread today. We have quite
an interesting story unfolding haven't we? Just a short review of
what happened last in our story ... After David returned from yet
another victory over the Philistines, the evil spirit from the Lord
was once again upon Saul and while David played the harp to comfort
him, Saul again tried to spear David to the wall.
David escaped and went home to Michal, who warned David that Saul
would have David killed by morning if he didn't escape now, so David
went to see Samuel in Ramah. Saul sent messengers after David three
times, but when they arrived in Ramah, the spirit of God caused them
all to prophesy, so Saul finally went to Ramah himself, and Saul
prophesied as well.
Well, David had already seen Saul favor him, and then hate him, and
then favor him again, and then hate him again, so he wasn't about to
take any chances and he promptly left Ramah and went to talk to
The Beloved of God is His
David Flees From Saul Saga
David asked Jonathan, What have I done that makes your dad want to
kill me? Jonathan didn't believe it and assured David that Saul
wouldn't do anything like that without notifying him first. But David
told Jonathan that he had no doubt that Saul wouldn't confide this
plan to Jonathan because he knew that it would grieve him since he
loved David so.
Jonathan promised David that whatever he wanted him to do to help
him, he would do. So David explained this plan to Jonathan. Tomorrow
is the full moon and the king will expect me at dinner, but instead
I'll go hide in the field until the evening of the third day. If the
king asks about me, tell him that I asked permission to go to
Bethlehem (where his family lived) for a yearly sacrifice that my
If he says, It is good that he went, then I will feel safe, but if he
is angry, then be certain that he plans evil against me. So please do
me a favor and if you discover any wickedness in me, prevent your dad
from doing this, and kill me yourself.
The Beloved of God Prophecy
David Flees From Saul With Help
Amazing! How righteous can a soul be?! David would rather Jonathan
kill him if there was any chance that Saul's motives against David
were justified, to spare any kind of shame or endangerment to the
reputation of the anointed of the Lord.
Remember back in Chapter
18 when we learned about the covenant that David and Jonathan
made between them? Well, at such a time as this, you can bet that
they would remind one another about their bond ...
1 Samuel 18:3
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own
As one might imagine, this is a very highly emotional and confusing
time for both Jonathan and David. Jonathan is befuddled to say the
least that his dad, the king of Israel (not long ago a meek and
humble man who didn't feel worthy to be in such an honored position
as king of God's people), has a vengeance against his beloved friend
... And David, just a young man doing God's will is being hunted by
the Lord's anointed!
The Beloved of God Discussion
David Flees From Saul Reason
Now let's see, straight from the Bible, as it elaborates on the
covenant between David and Jonathan, shall we?
1 Samuel 20:12-17
12 And Jonathan said unto David, O Lord God of Israel,
when I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third
day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then send not
unto thee, and shew it thee;
13 The Lord do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it
please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send
thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the Lord be with thee,
as he hath been with my father.
14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the
kindness of the Lord, that I die not:
15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my
house for ever: no, not when the Lord hath cut off the enemies of
David every one from the face of the earth.
16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David,
saying, Let the Lord even require it at the hand of David's enemies.
17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he
loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
So a plan had to be made to get the news to David, as to how Saul
reacted to his absence at dinner, and Jonathan said that he would
take a lad with him to the field where David would be hiding, and
would shoot three arrows. If the arrows landed close to Jonathan in
front of the lad, then all was well ... But if the arrows landed
beyond the lad, that meant, Run for your life!
David is the Beloved of God
When David Flees From Saul
And though the outcome wasn't what either David or Jonathan had
hoped, they carried out their plan because Saul was indeed angry when
he asked Jonathan about David's absence and Jonathan explained that
he had given David permission to go visit his family.
And the truth was revealed as to why Saul held so much perfect hatred
for David. He told Jonathan that as long as David was alive, the
kingdom could not be passed down to Jonathan (as the Lord had
anointed David to be the next king at the passing of Saul).
He even ordered Jonathan to go fetch David and bring him to Saul so
that he could kill him. But Jonathan, who had no desire for the
kingdom, but only the safety and well being of his friend, said in
reply, Why should he be killed, what has he done?
The Beloved of God Hope
David Flees From Saul Purpose
This angered Saul so deeply, that he picked up a javelin and threw it
at Jonathan intending to kill his own son! By this time, Jonathan was
thoroughly convinced that Saul indeed intended to kill David and he
left the table enraged that his Dad had grieved David by such
The next morning Jonathan shot the arrows beyond the mark in the
field where he and David agreed, then gave his artillery to the lad
and dismissed him.
1 Samuel 20:41-42
41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a
place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed
himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with
another, until David exceeded.
42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as
we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, The Lord be
between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And
he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.
The Beloved of God Summary
Why David Flees From Saul Continues
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New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare