1 Samuel 19:11-24

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11 Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.” 12 So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped. 13 Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats’ hair at the head.
14 When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said, “He is ill.”
15 Then Saul sent the men back to see David and told them, “Bring him up to me in his bed so that I may kill him.” 16 But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats’ hair.
17 Saul said to Michal, “Why did you deceive me like this and send my enemy away so that he escaped?”
Michal told him, “He said to me, ‘Let me get away. Why should I kill you?’”
18 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19 Word came to Saul: “David is in Naioth at Ramah”; 20 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on Saul’s men, and they also prophesied.21 Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied. 22 Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Seku. And he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?”

“Over in Naioth at Ramah,” they said.
23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. 24 He stripped off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is why people say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

Saul prophesying

My Thoughts
The Spirit of the Lord came upon people and they began to prophesy… No matter what Saul does to capture and kill David – God seems to protect him. First Jonathan (Saul’s son) helps him and now Michal (Saul’s daughter) helps him escape.

What interests me though is the part where everybody starts prophesying. Soldiers arrive to capture David but instead of killing him they experience the overwhelming Spirit of God and they start prophesying. Everybody prophesies, including Saul. When I read this story I see a God who overcomes evil with good. Instead of death, people experience life and wholeness. They are blessed with the ability to see what is yet to come, they are blessed with knowledge that they did not earn.
When Saul was first anointed king, Samuel told him 3 things that would be a sign to confirm that God had chosen him king. The 3rd sign was that Saul would meet a bunch of prophets and that Saul would prophesy. This happens and then the scripture tells us that this is why Saul was considered to be among the prophets. It is the same as what is happening here, however the first time it happens God makes Saul into a new person. He gives Saul a new heart. I believe that God is reminding Saul of who He is because this is in line with the character of God that I see in Jesus. The God of second chances, the God of restoration and the God who chooses to save rather than condemn.

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One thought on “1 Samuel 19:11-24

  1. Amazing that God gives Saul a second chance to remember his true self and repent even though he is so far gone as to have committed attempted murder on David, God’s annointed nogal!

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