Summary of 1 Samuel 29:
The Philistines prepare for war against the Israelites. The other rulers/commanders of the Philistines outside of Achish do not trust David (rightfully so) to fight against the Israelites. So they send him away. David protests but probably just to keep putting on the show.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1: Lesson 15, Day 3: 1 Samuel 29:
6) The men of Achish did not trust David since he was an Israelite and demanded David be sent back and not be allowed to go into battle against the Israelites.
7) God did not put David in a situation where he would jeopardize his safety and have to fight against his own men.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: God has protected me too many times to count. He kept me safe when I was young and did stupid things and put myself in stupid situations. He protects me now as I go about my daily life, living His will for me.
Conclusions: BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1 Lesson 15, Day 3: 1 Samuel 29:
I love how God works here. He places doubt in the minds of Achich’s men, and David is saved from having to fight the Israelites. Despite David (and our’s) stupid decisions, God protects us and saves us from ourselves.
End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1 Lesson 15, Day 3: 1 Samuel 29:
Scholars don’t know if in these chapters David is pretending to be with the Philistines or if his heart really has turned from God to the Philistines. Here, the Philistines recognize this conflict of interest and keep David out of the battle.
Achish defends David. Again, it’s hard to tell if Achish is completely fooled by David or he knows David has turned from God.
Achish swears by the Lord, perhaps being courteous to David.
David didn’t like being rejected by the Philistines. Still, God uses the rejection of the ungodly for the Godly — in this case, David.
Even though we don’t know if David is faking or not, God did not put David in the situation to find out. God keeps David from sinning.
Summary of passage: With the priests consecrated, they are now ready to begin service to God. On the eighth day Moses told Aaron as his first official duty to make a sin and burnt offering and the Lord would appear to him. Aaron now offered a sin offering and a burnt offering to make atonement for them and the people. He also offered up a grain offering and a wave offering. Aaron blessed the people and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites. They people then shouted and fell face down.
6a) Moses told them. God had told Moses.
b) Take a bull calf as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering to atone for their sins and then to take a male goat as a sin offering and a calf and a lamb as a burnt offering to atone for the people’s sin.
c) The Lord would appear before them.
d) Personal Question. My answer: I hate the demonstrative pronoun “these” coupled with “things” in relation to a multiple question because I am then left guessing as to which noun “these” is referring to and what are the “things”. I’m going to guess that BSF means how does performing your God-directed duties with the promise of heavenly rewards affect you since the whole sacrifice thing is unnecessary these days.
If we do God’s will, we are rewarded with His presence. Simple as that.
7a) “They shouted for joy and fell facedown”
b) Personal Question. My answer: I cannot think of a time when I would respond in a similar manner as the Israelites did in seeing God’s glory. I can’t even remotely compare such an experience that would leave me incoherent.
Conclusions: Could have done without the personal questions on this one. Still unsure what “these things” refer to in 6d and in 7b I hate when the question asks us to compare an experience the Israelites had (seeing the glory of God) to something we have experienced when for the most part we are never going to get to see the glory of God on this side of heaven. It irritates me to no end.
End Notes: Aaron had to sacrifice again for himself for the sin they had committed during the week of the ceremony. Perfect example of the limitations of animal sacrifices.
First, cleanse yourself. Then cleanse others. This was done in front of the Israelites to show that Aaron was human too and needed cleansing.
The Lord is often represented by fire. Seven times God accepts sacrifices by fire in the Bible. The Holy Spirit descended with fire.