David vs Saul

David Cave

Christianity Oasis provides this David vs Saul Bible study on the Saul and David Cave story. We'll look into that and all aspects of the Bible seeking truth, understanding and then peace.

Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Samuel
Chapter 24

David vs Saul Study

Saul and David Cave Adventure

Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is our David vs Saul Bible study taking a look into the Saul and David Cave story and how the absolutely awesome David vs Saul message affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.

David vs Saul Discussion
Saul and David Cave Story

Daily Bread is so glad you're here! What a great chapter this is. You're about to discover what a righteous and gracious character David had. As you may recall, the last thing that happened in our story was that David and his men were surrounded by Saul and his men, when suddenly a messenger came to Saul with urgent news that the Philistines were invading the land elsewhere, so Saul and his men left to go pursue his real enemies, and David and his men went and hid in the wilderness of Engedi. Now we're up to date.

When Saul was done pursuing the Philistines, he heard where David was, so he took three thousand chosen men from all over Israel to go search for David again. On his way, Saul stopped at a cave to rest and believe it or not, David and his men were hiding in the very same cave!

Now, David's men believed that this was the Lord's way of saying, Look, I brought your enemy right to you to do as you see fit. For certain, David's men wanted to punish Saul for hunting David and encouraged him to kill Saul right then.

David vs Saul Explanation
Saul and David Cave Event

David, however, didn't see it as cut and dried as all that ... He truly believed in God's hand taking care of things. So, instead of harming Saul, David secretly cut off the bottom of Saul's coat while he slept ... And then he felt horrible for what he had done, and told his men that he felt wrong to do such a thing to the Lord's anointed. So David restrained his men from harming Saul.

When Saul awoke and left the cave, David called out to Saul, "My lord the king." When Saul turned around, David bowed to him with his face to the ground as to honor his royalty, and he said to Saul, "How can you believe anyone that says I want to harm you? You can see that today the Lord gave me the power to kill you, and some enthusiastically encouraged me to do it, but I couldn't bring myself to harm the Lord's anointed.

Look here, I've got the hem of your coat in my hand. I could've gotcha, but I didn't. My actions show that I plan no harm to you, yet you hunt my soul to take it. You're the king of Israel! ... Why are you bothering with me, I'm nothing but a dead dog, or a flea compared to you. May the Lord judge between us, but I will not lay a hand on you, and God will deliver me out of your hand.

David vs Saul Truth
Saul and David Cave Saga

No doubt! After all, Saul had 3,000 of Israel's best men looking for David and his 600, and they couldn't even find them when they were in the very same cave! Well, that deliverance just has the Lord's fingerprints all over it! So, you've got to be wondering what Saul's response was, huh?

Well, Saul said, Is that you David? And he (Saul) started crying! He then agreed to all David had said ... That David showed righteousness but Saul rewarded him with evil. Then Saul said; Now I know for certain that you will surely be king of Israel, but swear to me that you won't destroy my name or my family after me.

So, David promised and Saul went home, but David and his men went back to their hiding place. This isn't the first time that Saul seemed to have relinquished his animosity towards David though, is it?

David vs Saul Conclusion
Saul and David Cave Summary

If you'd like to know exactly what David was thinking right about then, check out Psalm 57, that he wrote when he fled from Saul in the cave.

How long before Saul has that evil spirit upon him again and his jealousy for David prompts him to hunt him down once more?

Well hurry back and we'll find that out together, right here at Daily Bread!

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