Curriculum

Part 4 of The Life of David

1 Samuel 24

Discuss:   What are some situations or circumstances you struggle with waiting or being patient?  What are some cultural influences that feed your impatience?

Explore:  Read 1 Samuel 24 and answer the following questions.

  1. Saul’s jealousy over the popularity of David and Saul’s disobedience to God drove him to the obsession of hunting down David and being consumed with taking David’s life.  What do we learn from the life of Saul about the destructive power of jealousy?  What can happen in our lives if we let jealousy take hold over perceived favoritism of a coworker or family member and feeling like you’ve been wronged?  What can we do to keep our feelings in the right perspective?
  2. In 1 Samuel 24:3-7, what did David and his men have the opportunity to do to Saul?  What does David’s actions say about his character?  What trouble do you think it would have brought David, after becoming king, if he had taken Saul’s life?  What do you learn from David about not letting others influence you to step ahead of God’s will and take matters into your own hands?
  3. Read again verses 8-15.  Read also Romans 12:9-21.  What do you learn from those passages about following God’s will when it comes to relationship with others, especially with those whom you have conflict or ones who have wronged you?
  4. From what you read in 1 Samuel 24:16-22, how does David’s actions and words affect Saul?  Read also 1 Peter 2:21-23.  How did David act and respond like Jesus? How does responding to others like Jesus would shine his light and affect others?  What help and assistance do you need from God and others in treating others like Jesus did?
  5. Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and Isaiah 55:8-9.  How do these verses give you perspective and comfort that God knows and sees all and will reward obedience to him?

Scripture

 1 Samuel 20: 31
31 As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!”

32 “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.

1 Samuel 23: 14
14 David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph.Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.

1 Samuel 24: 1-7
1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” 2 So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.

3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.”7 With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

1 Peter 2: 21-23
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

Proverbs 3: 5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight