1 Samuel Chapter 30 – My Study Notes

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I like how David Pink gives us another view of this chapter: 1. His citizenship: “And they found an Egyptian in the field” (v. 11). In Scripture Egypt is a symbol of the world: the moral world to which the unregenerate belong and in which they seek their satisfaction. As another has said, “It had its beginning in Cain’s day, when he ‘went out from the presence of the Lord,’ and he and his descendants builded cities, sought out witty inventions of brass and iron, manufactured musical instruments, and went in for a good time generally, in forgetfulness of God. And that continues to this day. The land of Egypt figures this. There Pharaoh, type of Satan, ruled and tyrannized.”

2. His woeful condition: “I fell sick” (v. 13). Such is the state of every descendant of fallen Adam. An awful disease is at work in the unregenerate: that disease is sin, and “sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). It is sin which has robbed the soul of its original beauty: darkening the understanding, corrupting the heart, perverting the will, and paralyzing all our faculties so far as their exercise Godward is concerned. But not only was this Egyptian desperately sick, he was starving: he had had nothing to eat or drink for three days. Well might he cry, “I perish with hunger” (Luke 15:17).

3. His sad plight: “my master left me, because three days ago I fell sick” (v; 13). He was a slave, and now that his master thought he would be of no further use to him, he heartlessly abandoned him and left him to perish. “And that is the way the devil treats his servants. he uses them as his tools as long as he can. Then, when he cannot use them any more, he leaves them to their folly. Thus he treated Judas, and hosts of others before and since” (C. Knapp).

4. His deliverance: “And brought him to David” (v. 11). No doubt he was too weak and ill to come of himself; and even had he the ability, he had never used it thus, for David was an utter stranger to him! Thus it is with the unregenerate sinner and that blessed One whom David foreshadowed. Therefore did Christ say, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” (John 6:44). Each of God’s elect is “brought” to Christ by the Holy Spirit.

5. His deliverer: No doubt this half-dead Egyptian presented a woe-begone spectacle, as he was led or carried into the presence of the man after God’s own heart. But his very ruin and wretchedness drew out the compassion of David toward him. Thus it is with the Saviour: no matter what ravages sin has wrought, nor how morally repulsive it has made its victim, Christ never refuses to receive and befriend one whom the Father draws to Him.

6. His entertainment: “And gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water. And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins” (vv. 11, 12). Precious line in our picture is this of the divine grace which is stored up in Christ. None brought to Him by the Spirit are ever sent empty away. How this reminds us of the royal welcome which the prodigal received and the rich fare that was set before him.

7. His confession: When David asked him to whom he belonged and whence he came, he gave an honest and straightforward reply: “He said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite” (v. 13). Strikingly did this adumbrate the fact that when an elect sinner has been brought to Christ, and been given the bread and water of life, he takes his proper place, and candidly acknowledges what he was and is by nature. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:9).

8. His obligation: “And David said, Canst thou bring me down to this company?” (v. 15). In this we may see how David pressed his claims upon the one whom he had befriended, though it is blessed to mark that it was more in the form of an appeal than a direct command. In like manner, the word to the believer is, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).

9. His desire for assurance: “And he said, Sware unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company” (v. 15). There could be no joy in the service of his new master until assured that he should not be returned unto the power of his old one. Blessed is it to know that Christ delivers His people not only from the wrath to come, but also from the dominion of sin.

10. His gratitude: “And when he had brought him down” (v. 16). He was now devoted to the interests of David, and did as he requested. So Christians are told, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). O for grace to serve Christ as ardently as we did sin and Satan in our unregenerate days. Found on biblebelievers site

Lord, Your blessings for me and your word have made such an impact on my life. I pray for the strength I need to stay focused on Jesus. I pray for those times when I backslide you will provide me with a way out and running right back into your arms. I need you and love you for all you have done for me and those saints who believe in you. Amen

1 Samuel Chapter 29 – My Study Notes

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David was in a bad place. He had no home and was trying to live in both worlds.

Have you ever been in a place where you had too much of the world in you to be at peace with God and too much of God in you, to be at peace with the world?

What helped you to stop straddling the fence?

 

Our church has a link which I use often: David Pink wrote a nice piece on this chapter. I found it helpful for me and hope it does for you as well. “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil” (2 Thess. 3:3). The Lord’s people are surrounded with a variety of evils within and without. They have sin in them, and it is the cause and fountain of all the evil and misery which they at any time feel and experience. There is the evil one without, who endeavors at times to bring great evil upon them. But the Lord “keepeth His people from evil,” not that they are exempted wholly and altogether from evil. Yet they are kept from being overcome by and engulfed in it. Though they fall, they shall not he utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth them with His debt hand.

Wondrous are the ways in which God preserves His saints. Many a one has been withheld from that success in business on which he had fondly set his heart: it was God delivering him from those material riches which would have ruined his soul! Many a one was disappointed in a love affair: it was God delivering from an ungodly partner for life, who would have been a constant hindrance to your spiritual progress! Many a one was cruelly treated by trusted and cherished friends: it was God breaking what would have proved an unequal yoke! Many a parent was plunged into grief by the death of a dearly loved child: it was God, in His mercy, taking away what would have proved an idol. Now we see these things through a glass darkly, but the Day will come, dear reader, when we shall perceive clearly that it was the preserving hand of our gracious God thus dealing with us at those very times when all seemed to be working against us.

The above meditations have been suggested by what is recorded in 1 Samuel 29. At the close of our last chapter we saw how mercifully God interposed to deliver His servant from the snare of the fowler. Through his unbelief and self-will, David found himself in a sore dilemma. Seeking help from the ungodly, he had placed himself under obligation to the king of Gath. Pretending to be the friend of the Philistines and the enemy of his own people, David was called upon by Achish to employ his men upon the attack which was planned against Israel. Then it was that the Lord interposed and preserved the object of His love from falling into much graver evil. He now graciously made “a way to escape” (1 Cor. 10:13), lest His poor erring child should be tempted above that which he was able. Found on the website: biblebelievers

May you continue to search the Word of our living God and not lean unto your own understanding.  

1 Samuel Chapter 28 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method  Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer.

S: 15: And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? and 19: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me:

O: This gives me goosebumps to know Samuel had died and was in a place of comfort and didn’t want to be disturbed. Then Samuel states Saul and his sons would also be in this place. You need to dig deeper on this passage and remember that in Luke, Jesus states the dead are in the same general area – the believing in Abraham’s bosom and the unbelieving in torment. It’s not until Christ dies on the cross that all the believing dead were taken to heaven with Christ.

As read in Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

A: The living word of God has so much to teach us. His word is a love letter to us. His love letter teaches us how we are to live up to his standards. How will we ever understand if we are not in his word every day reading his love to us on how to live in a world full of wickedness and sin. His word is our shield of hope, strength, love and guidance.

K: Lord, I pray I continue to stay in your word every day. At times, life gets busy and I have excuses. Help me to remember to read your love letter to me each and every day.

1 Samuel Chapter 27 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer

S: 10 And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites.

O: David does a U-turn in his life. We just saw his faithfulness to God protecting him with Saul in the last chapter and now we see David’s heart has doubt.

A: This is the battle with every saved Christian. The heart of the flesh and the heart of the spirit. How many times does the flesh win out instead of the Spirit?

Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Folks, we need to be dead to our flesh and worldly sins and live in humbleness and comfort in the Spirit. Because we are in a constant battle with flesh and spirit, many times we focus on the flesh without even thinking twice about it because we want immediate relief or action.

Romans 17:14-25 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Many times the flesh wins out over the Lord’s desires for us. Just as it did with David, he lies to himself, Achish and God.

K: Lord, let my spirit win over my flesh when I am weak and weary and forget not to lean on you and wait upon you. 2 Samuel 22: 23 “God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.”

May you not lean unto your own understanding but search the Word of our living God. 

1 Samuel – Chapter 26 My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method – Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneeling in prayer.

David trusted that God would reward his righteousness and faithfulness.

Do you trust that God will honor your faithfulness and how have you seen this in your life?

S: David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

O: Once again we are reminded of David’s faithfulness to the Lord. Here we see once again God’s will and his timing. Vengeance is mine and I will repay it, says the Lord found in Romans 12:17-21. Upon digging into the word: David Guzik writes: David’s greater Son, Jesus, showed us how to refuse to pursue the right thing the wrong way. Jesus rejected Satan’s shortcut to the cross (Luke 4:5-8). Jesus never did miracles just to promote Himself (John 6:30-33). Jesus went the way of the cross instead. Jesus shows us that God’s way may be more difficult – but it is always better.

A: It’s difficult at times to wait but in the end our blessings will be so much more if we focus on God and his word.

K: Lord, keep me still in times of waiting. Keep me focused on your word to help me through the times I am to wait for you, as I know in my heart I will be blessed by remaining faithful to your ways.

May you continue to not lean unto your own understanding but search the word of our living God. 

1 Samuel Chapter 24 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. Method = Scripture which speaks to my heart, observe, application and kneel in prayer.

S: 12 The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

Rather than taking matters into his own hands, David trusted God to judge and avenge him against Saul.

What situation in your life, do you need to trust yourself less and trust God more?

 

Digging into the word of God and found this by David Guzik Sometimes, when we have a promise from God, we think we are justified in sinning to pursue that promise. This is always wrong.

A husband may say, “God has promised me abundant life according to John 10:10. God wants me to have fullness of joy according to Psalm 16:11. I can’t have abundant life or fullness of joy being married to my wife, so I am going to leave her because I have found someone who does give me fullness of joy and abundant life. Thank you LORD for Your promise!” This is always sin. God will fulfill His promises, but He will do it His way, and do it righteously.

Instead, we need to be like Abraham, who obeyed God even when it seemed to be at the expense of God’s promise, willing to sacrifice the son of promise (Genesis 22). Even more, we need to be like Jesus, who didn’t take Satan’s offer to “win back the world” at the expense of obedience (Luke 4:5-8).

Luke 4:5-8 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

May you not lean unto your own understanding but search the Word of the living God. 

1 Samuel 23 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method – Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer

S: 2 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. and 4 Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

O: Here we clearly see God’s promise to David. David asked – shall I go and then again he inquired.

A: When we ask and inquire of the Lord, do we heed to his promise?

K: Father God, you are a gracious and loving God. You shower us with mercy every day. When I ask and inquire allow my heart to know you keep your promises. David had a faithful heart and followed your word even though he was endangered. Lord, I want this heart too. I want to follow you even if it means I am in danger.

May you search the word of the living God and not lean unto your own understanding. 

1 Samuel 22 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer

S: 22 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father’s house.

O: We saw the lack of David’s faith when he lies in the last chapter but now we see David’s faith return in this chapter. Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

A: I have seen in my own life what happens when I lack faith in God. I was going through financial struggles with no light at the end of the tunnel, when I obsessed on how to get out of such struggles. I managed to find a second job and sold a piece of equipment. This allowed me to get over the hurdle long enough to get back on my feet again. At the time, I never thought – Praise God but now looking back I realize more than ever. God was with me every step of the way. I lacked the faith in him to provide and he never left me.

K: Father God, always let my heart be full of praise and not forget you are with me every step of the way. You will provide for me when I need it the most. I have been blessed over and over again and I am so ever thankful.

May you not lean unto your own understanding but search the word of a living God.