Lesson Scriptures: Exodus 20:13; 1 Samuel 26:7-11,22-25
Key Lesson Theme: “Honor Life”
Today's Lesson: Thursday, September 24
1 Samuel 26:22-25
22 David answered, “Here is the king’s spear; have one of the young men come over and get it.
23 The Lord will repay every man for his righteousness and his loyalty. I wasn’t willing to lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed, even though the Lord handed you over to me today.
24 Just as I considered your life valuable today, so may the Lord consider my life valuable and rescue me from all trouble.”
25 Saul said to him, “You are blessed, my son David. You will certainly do great things and will also prevail.” Then David went on his way, and Saul returned home.
“The Lord will repay every man for his righteousness and his loyalty” (CSB). David knew he had taken the right action toward Saul and had been loyal to him—and to the Lord. Saul might not believe that, so he might continue to pursue David. Nevertheless, David knew the Lord would honor what he had done. Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord” (ESV). David was confident the Lord would answer his prayer to deliver me out of all tribulation.
Saul’s closing comment is unusual, given that he had pursued David as his enemy all these days. Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail. Saul gave his blessing to David, affirming his greatness and his inevitable triumph. In doing so, he was acknowledging that he knew David would succeed him on the throne. “Saul has spoken a powerful benediction over David. He had no choice. [The Lord] gave him no choice. Saul’s word, perhaps spoken grudgingly, is [the Lord’s] word concerning David.”
Apparently, nothing more needed to be said. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place. The two would never see each other again.
What are some lasting truths from 1 Samuel 26:22-25?
>The Lord will honor the righteousness and faithfulness of his people, even if others do not.
>In times when we feel threatened, we can trust the Lord to deliver us from tribulation.
>We are to bless not curse our enemies because we know the Lord has the last word.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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