Saul plots to kill David

1 Sam 19:1-24

It is surprising that Saul today made it public that he wanted to kill David. He told Jonathan his son and all his servants that they should kill David. Jonathan, being David’s friend, however warned David to hide himself, and promised to speak  to his father on behalf of his friend.

The next day while walking with his father Jonathan spoke well of David and how he had risked his life to fight the Philistines, he asked why his father would want to kill such a good, innocent man. At that instance Saul swore that he would not kill David again. SO Jonathan told David, and he returned to the palace as it was before.

However, while he was playing the harp one day as the evil spirit came upon Saul, he again threw a javelin and almost pinned David to the wall but he escaped again and fled that same night. Saul then sent servants to David’s house to watch him over the night and kill him, but Michal his wife told him of the plot, and David escaped through the window.

David went to Ramah and told Samuel all that Saul had done. He and Samuel then went to stay in Naioth. When Saul heard this, he again sent servants to Naioth to kill David, but when they got there and saw the prophets prophesying, the Spirit of God came upon them and they began to prophesy too. This repeated itself three times as Saul continued to send other messengers, until he decided to go himself. However, the spirit of God came over Saul to as he came to Naioth, and he prophesied all day, and lay down naked before Samuel, to the extent that people wondered again if Saul had become one of the prophets.

Even the most evil of intentions gave way where the spirit of the Lord is. The Lord could cause our worst enemies to be at peace with us. Nothing could escape His Spirit, nothing could escape his power. When we abide under the shadow of His wings, then we are truly safe.

Some verses to remember

vs 23-24: And Saul went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?

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