Book of Samuel, Chapters 23-24


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Book of Samuel, Chapters 23-24

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I Samuel 23-24. David on the Run. David is on the run from Saul in his home territory of Judea. When Judea is invaded by Philistines, it is David who rises up to defend his homeland. Saul is strangely silent to the border threat. After defending his tribal territory, David flees the immediate area fearing that the local people, his own tribesmen, who he just saved, who betray him and hand him over to Saul. Many others of David's own tribe of Judah conspire against him, spy on him and seek his downfall. God blesses David to outwit them all. But we learn from this the vital importance of having a widespread, elaborate and completely secret spy network. Saul has a slip in his personal security. Rather than use it to harm him, David uses it to gain political leverage against him. David publicly proved to the troops pursuing him that he was no enemy of either Saul or his government and that there was no legitimate reason to be treating him like a common criminal. David's tactic was to sow dissent into Saul's ranks. This lesson serves us as a wise guide how to act in times of crises and persecution.
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