Bible Stories for Adults

David Forgives Saul

1 Samuel 21-30

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    Next Week - David Becomes King (1 Samuel 28 - 2 Samuel 6)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

Opening Prayer

Saul's Jealousy (1 Samuel 18)
    How did God bless David after he joined Saul's army?
      1 Samuel 18:5
    How did Saul feel about David's success?
      1 Samuel 18:6-9

    How serious was Saul's jealousy?
      1 Samuel 18:10-11
    What did Saul do to try to get rid of this kid who was getting more praise?
      1 Samuel 18:13, 17, 21, 25
    Did Saul's attempt to have David fall at the hands of the Philistines meet success?
      1 Samuel 18:30

Dad Threatens Jonathan's Friend (1 Samuel 19-20)
    How did Saul take a more direct effort in eliminating this perceived threat?
      1 Samuel 19:1-2
    What did Saul do after his son explained that David had helped Saul, not threatened him?
      1 Samuel 19:6, 11
    To whom did David turn when faced with this new threat?
      Psalm 59:1-2, 17
    How did God protect David when Saul pursued him when he hid in Ramah with Samuel?
      1 Samuel 19:23-24

    How did Jonathan respond when his best friend asked why Saul was trying to kill him?
      1 Samuel 20:1-2
    Did Jonathan get clear proof of his father's intentions after following a test David suggested?
      1 Samuel 20:32-33
    Why did Saul feel that Jonathan should also want David dead?
      1 Samuel 20:31
    Did Jonathan agree with his father's concern for his future?
      1 Samuel 23:17

David Gets Supplies (1 Samuel 21:1-9)
    Did David run north to Samuel at Ramah again, at least to get food and weapons?
      1 Samuel 21:1-3, 8
    Was Ahimelech able to give David any food?
      1 Samuel 21:6
    How does this tell us what day this was?
      Leviticus 24:8
    How does Jesus later use this story to explain God's intentions of rest on the Sabbath day?
      Matthew 12:1-4, 12b

    Was Ahimelech any help with a weapon?
      1 Samuel 21:9
    What is interesting about where David went after leaving Nod?
      1 Samuel 21:10

    Had anyone seen David get these supplies?
      1 Samuel 21:7
    Was David concerned that Saul would learn what he had done and pursue him?
      Psalm 7:1-2

David in Gath (1 Samuel 21:10-15)
    How did the Philistines feel about David coming to their town?
      1 Samuel 21:11-12
    How did David respond when the Philistines seized him to take him before King Achish?
      Psalm 56:1, 11
    How did David protect himself from this danger?
      1 Samuel 21:13-15
    How could David have the guts to try something so risky?
      Psalm 34:4, 22

David Seeks Refuge (1 Samuel 22:1-5)
    Where did David go now that he saw it was not safe in Philistia?
      1 Samuel 22:1
    To whom did he turn before his family joined him?
      Psalm 57:1-2
    Did anyone else come to David's support besides his family?
      1 Samuel 22:2

    Realizing Saul would likely track down his family, what did David do to protect them?
      1 Samuel 22:3-5
    Why might David have felt that Moab would be safe for his family?
      Ruth 1:22a; 4:13, 17

Saul Punishes Nob (1 Samuel 22:6-23)
    Did word of Ahimelech's aid to David get to Saul?
      1 Samuel 22:9-10
    Did Ahimelech feel like he had done anything wrong?
      1 Samuel 22:13-15
    Did this explanation satisfy Saul?
      1 Samuel 22:16-17
    Was Saul able to get rid of these "evil" priests?
      1 Samuel 22:18-19

    How did David learn of what had happened?
      1 Samuel 22:20-21
    How did David respond to what he learned?
      1 Samuel 22:22-23
    What other response did David have for this incident?
      Psalm 52:7-9

Still a Caveman (1 Samuel 23)
    Were David and his men entirely focused on hiding from Saul?
      1 Samuel 23:1-2, 5
    How did Saul respond when he heard about David's rescue?
      1 Samuel 23:7-8
    Did Saul catch David in Keilah?
      1 Samuel 23:13-14
    Another dumb question: To whom did David turn during this time of hiding and trouble?
      Psalm 142:1-2, 5-6

    Who helped Saul in his effort to pursue David?
      1 Samuel 23:19-20
    Did Saul accept this help?
      1 Samuel 23:23
    How did David feel about these men who were helping Saul?
      Psalm 54:3-5
    How did God deliver David when Saul's forces were closing in?
      1 Samuel 23:26-29

The En Gedi Encounter (1 Samuel 24)
    How close did Saul get to David when searching for him in the desert of En Gedi?
      1 Samuel 24:3-4
    Why didn't David take this opportunity to kill the man who was trying to kill him?
      1 Samuel 24:5-7
    How did Saul respond when David announced to Saul what had happened?
      1 Samuel 24:16-20

For Home Study (1 Samuel 25)
    Read 1 Samuel 25 and look for parallels between Nabal and Saul, also David and Abigail
    Notes: Nabal means fool, he may also have been known as Jether (1 Chronicles 2:17)
      Abigail may have been David's half-sister (1 Chronicles 2:13-17)

The Missing Spear and Canteen (1 Samuel 26)
    Who encouraged Saul to go after David again?
      1 Samuel 26:1-2
    What did David do when Saul and his troops camped near where David was hiding?
      1 Samuel 26:7-12
    What complaint did David make to Abner, the commander of Saul's army?
      1 Samuel 26:13-16
    How did Saul respond to this lesson by David?
      1 Samuel 26:21, 25

David in Philistia, Again (1 Samuel 27, 29-30)
    Where did David decide to go that would cause Saul to give up his search and act like a king?
      1 Samuel 27:1,4
    Did David have to act insane to be accepted this time?
      1 Samuel 27:12
    How did David reinforce this impression?
      1 Samuel 27:8-10
    How did Achish show his acceptance of David and his men?
      1 Samuel 27:6-7; 28:1-2

    Was Achish really comfortable with the idea of David joining the battle against the israelites?
      1 Samuel 29:2-4
    What did David find when he and his men were sent back by Achish?
      1 Samuel 30:1-2
    What precedent did David set after rescuing the families and taking Amalekite plunder?
      1 Samuel 30:24-25

Closing Prayer

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