Summary: David made a foolish decision when he chose to go to the Philistines rather than return to Israel. The impact opf that decision is explored in this sermon.
WHEN SMART PEOPLE MAKE FOOLISH DECISIONS
1 Samuel 29:1--30:5
1 Then the Philistines gathered together all their armies at Aphek, and the Israelites encamped by a fountain which is in Jezreel.
2And the lords of the Philistines passed in review by hundreds and by thousands, but David and his men passed in review at the rear with Achish. 3Then the princes of the Philistines said, "What are these Hebrews doing here?" And Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, "Is this not David, the servant of Saul king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or these years? And to this day I have found no fault in him since he defected to me." 4But the princes of the Philistines were angry with him; so the princes of the Philistines said to him, "Make this fellow return, that he may go back to the place which you have appointed for him, and do not let him go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become our adversary. For with what could he reconcile himself to his master, if not with the heads of these men?
5Is this not David, of whom they sang to one another in dances, saying:
'Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands'?"
6Then Achish called David and said to him, "Surely, as the LORD lives, you
have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the
army is good in my sight. For to this day I have not found evil in you since
the day of your coming to me. Nevertheless the lords do not favor you.
7Therefore return now, and go in peace, that you may not displease the lords
of the Philistines."
8So David said to Achish, "But what have I done? And to this day what have you found in your servant as long as I have been with you, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?"
9Then Achish answered and said to David, "I know that you are as good in my sight as an angel of God; nevertheless the princes of the Philistines have said, 'He shall not go up with us to the battle.'
10Now therefore, rise early in the morning with your master's servants who have come with you. And as soon as you are up early in the morning and have light, depart."
11So David and his men rose early to depart in the morning, to return to the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
1 Samuel 30:1-5 Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire,
2and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. 3So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. 4Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5And David's two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.
Today our series of sermons on the Life of David continues.
Most of 1 Samuel Chapter 28
deals with King Saul's encounter with the Witch of Endor.
We will skip that in our examination of David's life.
Here in 1 Samuel chapter 29
David manages to get himself into a bad situation.
Here's a quick review of what we covered last Sunday.
David gets tired of living like a fugitive.
He runs away from King Saul to the land of the Philistines.
David thinks that once Saul learns where he is,
he will give up his pursuit.
David and his 600 men, accompanied by their wives and children,
take refuge in the land of the Philistines.
David persuades the Philistine king Achish,
to allow them to settle in the city of Ziklag.
From there, David stages raids against the enemies of Israel.
In each case, David deceives Achish by telling him
that he has just raided another one of the Israelite villages or cities
To prevent King Achish from hearing what really happened,
David kills off every person, leaving no survivors.
David shares some of the spoils of war with King Achish
while also taking a share to his Israelite brethren.
David seems to be getting away with his deception.
Suddenly things take an unexpected turn.
King Achish tells David that the Philistine commanders
are joining forces to stage a massive attack against Israel.