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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: Godly Living in an Unfair World:

SESSION THREE: Counting on God

TEXT: 1Samuel 26

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.

What would it take to rouse you from a deep sleep? What is the most embarrassing or damaging thing you have managed to sleep through?

EXAMINATION.

Vv.1-6 The Ziphites are part of David’s own tribe. Why might they keep turning him in to Saul? (23:19)

  • Read Psalm 54 and discuss David’s reaction to the Ziphites betrayal.
  • How would you have responded to David’s invitation: as Ahimelech or Abishai? Why?

Vv.7-11 What do the sleeping arrangement say about Saul?

  • Why does David refute Abishai’s advice?
  • David describes three options for how Saul could die (v.10, the “either” is better translated “or”). What are those options?

Vv.12-16 What evidence do we have that the Lord is with David?

  • Why has the Lord twice delivered Saul into David’s hands this way?
  • Why is there “no one like Abner in Israel” (v.15)?
  • If you were Abner, how would you respond to David’s taunts?

Vv.17-25 When David and Saul confer this time (compare with 24:9-22), what is David most concerned to protect: (a) his innocence? (b) his inheritance? (c) his faithfulness to God? (d) his own life (e) the Lord’s anointed? (f) a place in Israel to properly worship?

  • Why do you think so?
  • Why does David return the spear but not the water jug?
  • Does Saul’s repentance sound sincere? Why or why not?
  • How does David show he is less trusting of Saul this time around?

APPLICATION.  

Only God can restore what others have taken.

  • What is the biggest challenge of trusting God to bring justice when you have been wronged?
  • What are some other things that can be taken from you unfairly? (David lost reputation, safety, friends, wife)
  • In what way can God restore what is taken from us?
  • In what area of your life do you need to be comforted with this reminder, “The Lord rewards righteousness and faithfulness?
  • Where is your faithfulness being tested?
  • What reward are you anticipating?
  • When you fail to see God act on your behalf, are you tempted to take matters into your own hands? In what area?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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