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David and King Saul

David spares the life of the King Saul who is trying to kill him.
1 Samuel 15-26

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In the book of Samuel, in the Old Testament of the Bible, we read of a king who had done a very foolish thing. – Slide 1

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King Saul, the ruler of the land of Israel, had turned his back on God and become tormented and very sad. King Saul didn’t want to eat, or sleep. His servants failed to please him. – Slide 2

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King Saul became an example of how miserable a man can be when he chooses to leave God out of his life. The people of Israel were quite concerned about their ruler, and some of them felt that music might cheer him up. – Slide 3

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Someone suggested David, the son of Jesse, who could play beautiful music on his harp. – Slide 4

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David was a shepherd boy, and much of his boyhood life was spent out in the fields, caring for his father’s sheep. – Slide 5

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David was brought before the king and sure enough, when David played on his harp, it made King Saul feel more peaceful. – Slide 6

Slide 7

The Bible tells us that Saul was refreshed and was well again. David became a great favourite in the court of the king. – Slide 7

Slide 8

David trusted in God, and sincerely believed if God was with him no man could stand against him. Remember the story of David and Goliath ... – Slide 8

Slide 9

... how the giant from the Philistine army dared anyone from the land of Israel to come out and fight with him? – Slide 9

Slide 10

And how David went out to meet that giant, armed with only a slingshot and his faith in God? The Bible tells us he took five smooth stones from a brook and put one of them in his sling ... – Slide 10

Slide 11

... and sent the stone whirling through the air. – Slide 11

Slide 12

The stone hit the giant right in the middle of the forehead. – Slide 12

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And the mighty Goliath, the pride of the Philistine army, fell to the earth and was slain. – Slide 13

Slide 14

The Philistines had been very confident of their victory over the Israelite nation, but now their champion was dead, they no longer wanted to fight. – Slide 14

Slide 15

Yes, David had won a great victory – not in his strength, but in the strength of the Lord. And the people of Israel loved the shepherd boy for the service he had done to his country. – Slide 15

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But King Saul was unhappy about David being so highly praised. He was jealous of such popularity, and the more the king thought about it, the more angry he became. – Slide 16

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The beautiful music was no longer a source of comfort to the king. His heart was filled with hate. – Slide 17

Slide 18

One day the king decided all of this had gone far enough. He knew of a way to put a stop to it. – Slide 18

Slide 19

And David narrowly escaped death when Saul hurled his spear at him with all of his might. – Slide 19

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Realising that King Saul hated him enough to kill him, David knew he must run for his life. – Slide 20

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And he fled from the presence of the king before the guards could be told to stop him. But where? – Slide 21

Slide 22

Where could David go to escape the ruler of the land? – Slide 22

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The wilderness might not have appealed to some people, but to a shepherd boy that was the place to go. – Slide 23

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And together with a few of his loyal friends, David hid from the king in a cave in a hillside. – Slide 24

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But King Saul had made up his mind that David would have to be slain, and preparations were soon being made to track the shepherd boy down. – Slide 25

Slide 26

But finding David proved to be more than the king could do, and he returned to the palace empty handed. When the danger of the moment was past, David fell on his knees to thank God for protecting him. And he asked his heavenly Father to guide and direct him in the days that were to follow. God told David to gather a small army. – Slide 26

Slide 27

And David did as God had told him to do. He gathered together 600 men. The men were all sizes and shapes, and dressed in all kinds of armour. No one would ever have guessed that these men could stand against the army of King Saul. – Slide 27

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Saul’s army was well equipped and highly trained. And the king’s army far outnumbered David’s 600 men. – Slide 28

Slide 29

And Saul felt sure of victory as he viewed his troops. All the odds were in his favour. This time, David would not get away. – Slide 29

Slide 30

But in order to defeat an enemy, you must find him. And the king was having great difficulty doing that. – Slide 30

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After a while the king was tired, and he wanted to rest. And he chose to relax in a cave. – Slide 31

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... the very cave in which David and his men were hiding. The king walked right into their hiding place! – Slide 32

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The king was very tired, and off his guard. – Slide 33

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Little did King Saul realise that David and his men were watching him. – Slide 34

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What an opportunity for them! Here was their enemy lying helpless at their feet. – Slide 35

Slide 36

David’s men looked to their leader, who was already drawing his sword. It was only right that the honour of killing Saul would be his. – Slide 36

Slide 37

But to their amazement, instead of killing Saul, David simply cut off the corner of Saul’s robe. David refused to kill Saul, but wanted the king to know that his life had been spared. – Slide 37

Slide 38

On another occasion, David’s men informed him that Saul and his men were sleeping by an open campfire. – Slide 38

Slide 39

And this time, they begged their leader to kill the wicked king. David searched his heart to know what the Lord would have him do. – Slide 39

Slide 40

One of David’s men started to handle the matter himself. He knew what to do, even if his leader didn’t. But David stopped him, saying the king must not be slain. – Slide 40

Slide 41

Instead of killing the king, David wanted Saul to know that once again his life had been spared. – Slide 41

Slide 42

The king’s own spear and his water jug were taken so the king would know someone had been there. – Slide 42

Slide 43

When King Saul and his men awakened from the deep sleep God had caused to fall upon them, they heard the shouts of David’s men. – Slide 43

Slide 44

Across the way, they saw David and his men mocking the king with the king’s own spear and his water jug. – Slide 44

Slide 45

Saul was humiliated. What a soldier he had turned out to be! Once again, David could have killed him but had chosen to obey God and spare his life. – Slide 45

Slide 46

We read in the book of Psalms why David acted as he did: ‘I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where my help comes. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth’ (Psalm 121:1-2). – Slide 46

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