“Escape to the Philistines”

May 2, 2018

“Escape to the Philistines”

Blessings folk!

The story of Saul and David grows in complexity.

Saul had promised…again…to not harm David.

David did not believe him.

1Sa 27:1-4

Then David said to himself,
“Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul.
There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines.
Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel,
and I will escape from his hand.”

So David arose and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him,
to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal’s widow.

Now it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he no longer searched for him.

David went to live with the Philistines.
Yep, those Philistines.

David was fretting…”I will perish one day by the hand of Saul”.
Was David doubting the Lord?
Was he having “one of those days”?
He declared that the only option was the land of the Philistines.
David felt safer with the enemy than he did with his father-in-law, the king of Israel.

Was David listening to the fear of his flesh and soul or to the Lord?

It was not only David.
His men were with him, 600 of them.
There were more.
The men’s households were with them.
This would be a group of several thousand that followed David.

Saul heard.
He searched for David no longer.

David was not safe.
He knew this.
HIs trust in the Lord was being challenged.

Humm…ever felt that way?