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Introduction.

In this series we will study 1 Samuel 24-26. We follow David, Israel’s future king, as he experiences mistreatment. As God’s man, David sets a great example in responding to these unfair situations. 

 

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SERIES TITLE: Mistreated

SESSION ONE: Godly Living in an Unfair World

TEXT: 1Samuel 24

INTRODUCTION.

In this series we will study 1 Samuel 24-26. We follow David, Israel’s future king, as he experiences mistreatment. As God’s man, David sets a great example in responding to these unfair situations. 

DISCUSSION.

Remember a time when there was an authority figure who was mad at you. Did you ever run and hide? Why or why not?

EXAMINATION.

Vv.1-2 For some time, King Saul has been trying to kill David. What pieces of information in these two verses indicate the priority Saul put on murdering David?

(For some more background on Saul’s motivation, read 1 Samuel 18:6-9.)                                       

Vv.3-4 What would lead David’s men to believe that the Lord had put Saul into David’s hands?

Why did David only cut a corner off of Saul’s robe?

Why doesn’t he kill Saul?

What pressures did David face that might have “excused” killing Saul?

Vv.5-7 Why did David feel guilty about what he did, even though Saul wasn’t harmed?

Vv.8-15 Why does David reveal himself?

What is significant about how David addresses Saul in v.8 and 11?

Why does David liken himself to a dead dog and a flea?

Vv.16-22 What irony do you notice here? How are their roles reversed?

Do you think Saul’s repentance is sincere? Why or why not?

What indication is there of how much David trusts Saul’s repentance?

APPLICATION.  

God Calls Us to Do Good to Those Who Are Out to Get Us

  • When have you let someone talk you into taking revenge against someone? How did you feel afterwards?
  • Which of the following figures do you see as “God’s anointed”? Parents? Spouse? Clergy? Employer? Police? Politicians?
  • Consider Jesus’ words in Luke 6:27-28. Think of the person you have a difficult time getting along with or who seems out to get you. What would happen if you treated that person the way David treated Saul?
  • Are you as content as David seems to be to simply let God effect his will, his way, in his time? Or are you more likely to “help God out” in some way? Give an example.
  • How can you tell if someone is sincere in wanting to “turn over a new leaf”?
  • How much should that matter?
  • What good thing could you do this week to someone you perceive as an enemy?

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