1 Samuel 24-27
Does anyone else have to re-read passages over and over because of the frequent uses of LORD and lord?
Some times I don't know who's command who to do stuff!
Chapter 24 is one of my favorite readings this year. David and Saul have an impassioned talk about their relationship, with David pleading with Saul to stop his unwarranted aggression.
The golden nugget from this chapter has to be at 24:4 when David's servants remind him that the LORD will one day deliver your enemy to you and you will do what you see fit unto them. David's action is compassion. But how did Saul not know that David cut a piece from his robe?!?!
I found this to be one of the best written pieces we've read so far. How about you?
And Samuel dies. This is VERY glossed over, almost literally "Oh, by the way, Samuel's dead". These books are named after him for christ's sake!
We then get a mini-story that seems to be inserted form another author. In it, David acts more like Saul, being less tolerant and aggressive.
THe interesting part is the strong role of the woman (one of David's future wife and the namesake of our star commenter) Abigail.
It was very much filler, perhaps to put some time between the David/Saul encounters?
Unfortunately, David still doesn't trust Saul, and why should he! I like the sneaking into a sleeping camp and David having a discussion with Abishai about Saul's fate. Felt very Shakespearian.
This of course sets up another dialogue betwixt the king and king to be. Could this be a different version of the previous story?
David then decides that his only chose is to live amongst the Philistines and smote people.