“But A Step Between Me and Death”
Saul pursued David.
The Spirit of the Lord fell upon Saul.
He prophesied before Samuel.
What happens next?
He runs to Jonathan.
David wanted to know what was happening.
He wanted to know why.
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?”
He said to him, “Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!”
David wanted to know…
- What have I done?
- What is my iniquity?
- What is my sin before Saul?
- Why is Saul seeking my life?
Jonathan did not believe.
He sought to comfort David by telling him that he would not die.
He told David that his father, Saul, did nothing without telling him.
Yet, Jonathan did not know.
Saul had sought to spear David.
Saul had sent messengers to bring David back, presumably to harm.
David was concerned.
Jonathan was clueless.
David then said…
Yet David vowed again, saying,
“Your father knows well that I have found favor in your sight, and he has said,
‘Do not let Jonathan know this, or he will be grieved.’
But truly as the LORD lives and as your soul lives,
there is hardly a step between me and death.”
David was correct.
Jonathan began to see it was possible.
David was in trouble.
Death was near.
They developed a plan…as we will see…
“Stripped: All Night, All Day”
Saul had enough.
Three sets of messengers had been sent to fetch (capture?!) David.
Every group broke out in prophetic utterance when the Spirit of the Lord came upon them.
And David was still free.
Then he himself went to Ramah and came as far as the large well that is in Secu;
and he asked and said, “Where are Samuel and David?”
And someone said, “Behold, they are at Naioth in Ramah.”
He proceeded there to Naioth in Ramah; and the Spirit of God came upon him also,
so that he went along prophesying continually until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
He also stripped off his clothes,
and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”
Saul decided to go himself.
As he approached Naioth of Ramahj the Spirit of God came upon him.
Saul broke forth in prophecy!
He stripped off his clothes.
He prophesied before Samuel.
He laid naked all that day and night.
Many comment on “naked” stating that it refers to outer clothing.
The same Word is used of…
- Adam and Eve…
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Definitely no clothes
at that time the LORD spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying,
“Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet.”
And he did so, going naked and barefoot.
Without clothing again.
So, I think Saul was without clothing.
The ultimate exposure before the Lord and man.
A humbling before creation.
A saying among the people arose, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”
What was the Lord doing?
Did this “impact” Saul?
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“They Also Prophesied”
David is fleeing from Saul.
Saul is pursing…at least sending his people.
Watch where David goes.
Give close attention to what happens…
Now David fled and escaped and came to Samuel at Ramah,
and told him all that Saul had done to him.
And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth.
It was told Saul, saying, “Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.”
Then Saul sent messengers to take David,
but when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying,
with Samuel standing and presiding over them,
the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul; and they also prophesied.
When it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they also prophesied.
So Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied.
David sought the counsel and comfort of Samuel.
Samuel had anointed David as king.
Samuel knew the Lord was with/upon David.
Ramah was Samuel’s hometown.
It was now his “administrative center”.
It was at Ramah that Israel demanded a king.
Ramah is some five miles north of Jerusalem.
Ramah means “height”.
“Naioth” means “habitations”.
It was the dwelling place of prophets.
You saw what happened.
Saul sent messengers to take David.
But something happened.
The messengers saw the company of prophets prophesying.
Samuel was standing and presiding over them.
Exactly what is this?
“Prophesy” in this case means to “speak by inspiration, to predict”.
We see more in the balance of the sentence.
The Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul and they also prophesied.
How can this be?
Because the Lord can do what He desires.
He can speak through Balaam’s ass.
And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam,
What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
He can speak through messengers from Saul that had evil intent.
Three separate groups of messengers were sent by Saul.
Saul was informed on the outcome of each group.
They were all overcome by the Spirit of the Lord and prophesied.
The Lord will send His Spirit to do as He desires.
…to be continued…
Saul sent messengers to keep an eye on David’s house.
David had fled after Saul tried to spear him again.
David was now laying low.
Saul wanted him captured.
Saul wanted him dead.
Then Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him,
in order to put him to death in the morning.
But Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying,
“If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be put to death.”
So Michal let David down through a window, and he went out and fled and escaped.
Michal took the household idol and laid it on the bed,
and put a quilt of goats’ hair at its head, and covered it with clothes.
When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”
Then Saul sent messengers to see David, saying,
“Bring him up to me on his bed, that I may put him to death.”
When the messengers entered, behold,
the household idol was on the bed with the quilt of goats’ hair at its head.
So Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this and let my enemy go,
so that he has escaped?” And Michal said to Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go!
Why should I put you to death?’”
Saul’s daughter…David’s wife…Michal told David what was happening.
She urged him to flee.
She placed “the household idol” in the bed to feign a sick David.
“The household idol”? What was that?
It is believed that “this word refers to a kind of idols or objects of worship whose ownership was possibly tied to inheritance rights” - Zodhiates.
It must have been fairly large.
The ruse gave David time to distance himself from the king.
When Saul discovered what had occurred he was angry.
He considered Michal’s act to be deceptive, to be in league with David, to be against him, her father, King Saul.
She “threw David under the bus”.
She said that he threatened her if she did not let him go.
Certainly she said what she thought was needed to survive.
All the norm in the life of one that the Lord has left…