1 Samuel 15-24

I haven’t been able to blog as much about the chronological Bible reading plan. Not as much as I’d like to.

Today, we will be covering many chapters.


Saul was the king God originally chose for the people of Israel. But, Saul wasn’t someone after God’s own heart. Saul and David are two completely different leaders. David, son of Jesse, became Saul’s replacement.

In chapter 15, God gave Saul specific instructions regarding defeating the Amalekites. But, Saul rejected God’s instructions. Sure he went and defeated this people group, but he leaned on his own understanding versus God’s (vv. 2-3, 9-11).  God grieved over Saul, and Samuel joined Him. In verse 22, God uses Samuel to speak profound words in our hearts as well as Saul’s.

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
    as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
    and to heed is better than the fat of rams (NIV).”

Chapter 16 is where we find David. Samuel went to Jesse’s house, where God showed him the next king. It wasn’t the ones well in appearance, for God looks at the heart of man (see vv. 7). Jesse’s youngest son, David, became king. He began to serve Saul, by playing music when the spirit of torment (depression and fear) came upon Saul.

“Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him (16:23).”

David slayed Goliath. He slayed Goliath not by might or weaponry, but by the power of the Living God (see 17:45-49). It didn’t take long before Saul was ridiculously jealous of David. When David killed Goliath, the Philistine giant, he became “famous”. Others noted and sang about how “Saul has killed thousands and David tens of thousands (18:7).” Saul was out for blood. He kept a very jealous eye on David.

  • Saul tried to kill David twice with a spear in his hand (18:10-11) Notice 18:12, where we are taught that Saul was actually afraid of David for God was with him. God had turned away from Saul.
  • Saul tried to get Saul killed by requesting he kill 100 Philistines, in exchange for (Saul’s daughter) Michal as David’s wife (18:25).
  • Saul attempted to have his servants and/or son (Jonathan) assassinate David (19:1).
  • Saul (again) hurled a spear at David, in attempt to kill him and then had his troops stakeout David’s house to kill him the next morning (19:10-11). Troops sent to capture him in Ramah, and the troops started prophesying instead (19:20-21).
  • When Saul saw that David was nowhere in sight, he tried to even kill his son Jonathan by hurling a spear at him (20:33).
  • Saul ordered that the priests of the Lord be killed, for not telling him about David coming to them (22:17-20).

David spent much time on the run from Saul. But, there was one time where Saul came close enough for David to kill. While David’s troops urged him on, David chose to not to touch him (see 24:1-7).

In these several chapters, we see God doing so much on behalf of His people. We see God protecting David, even protecting Saul. God’s protection is mighty, and He will protect those who are more concerned with following after His heart – rather than following our own hearts.

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