Do not fight against those whom the Lord favors

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.16.2019 – Old Testament: 1Sa 19.19–24

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 19–21 on April 16, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Saul made many mistakes, but one of his biggest was trying to eliminate David, because not only was David innocent of any offense against King Saul, but the Lord of heaven and earth favored David highly. The Lord saw to it, therefore, that King Saul did not succeed in his campaign against David. One time the Lord did this unusual thing:

Now it was told Saul, saying, “Take note, David is at Naioth in Ramah!” Then Saul sent messengers to take David. And when they saw the group of prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as leader over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. And when Saul was told, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. Then Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also. Then he also went to Ramah, and came to the great well that is at Sechu. So he asked, and said, “Where are Samuel and David?”  And someone said, “Indeed they are at Naioth in Ramah.” So he went there to Naioth in Ramah. Then the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he also stripped off his clothes and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

– 1 Samuel 19.19–24

If the Lord favors someone, you should do the same, for you will not succeed against those whom the Lord protects, but the Lord will do all kinds of things to stop you and to humiliate you.

Questions:

  • Have you ever fought one favored by the Lord?
  • How did it turn out?

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