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Summary: When we attempt to deceive people we can get ourselves into quite a mess. This sermon from the Life of David tells us what can happen.

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When We Practice To Deceive

1 Samuel 27:1--28:2

1 And David said in his heart, "Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand."

2Then David arose and went over with the six hundred men who were with him to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

3So David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's widow.

4And it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath; so he sought him no more.

5Then David said to Achish, "If I have now found favor in your eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?"

6So Achish gave him Ziklag that day. Therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.

7Now the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was one full year and four months.

8And David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites. For those nations were the inhabitants of the land from of old, as you go to Shur, even as far as the land of Egypt.

9Whenever David attacked the land, he left neither man nor woman alive, but took away the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys, the camels, and the apparel, and returned and came to Achish.

10Then Achish would say, "Where have you made a raid today?" And David would say, "Against the southern area of Judah, or against the southern area of the Jerahmeelites, or against the southern area of the Kenites."

11David would save neither man nor woman alive, to bring news to Gath, saying, "Lest they should inform on us, saying, 'Thus David did.' " And thus was his behavior all the time he dwelt in the country of the Philistines.

12So Achish believed David, saying, "He has made his people Israel utterly abhor him; therefore he will be my servant forever."

1 Samuel 28:1-2

Now it happened in those days that the Philistines gathered their armies together for war, to fight with Israel. And Achish said to David, "You assuredly know that you will go out with me to battle, you and your men." 2And David said to Achish, "Surely you know what your servant can do." And Achish said to David, "Therefore I will make you one of my chief guardians forever."

Today we continue our series of sermons on the life of David.

David has gone to Gath and formed an alliance with King Achish.

By the end of chapter 27, we find David in the Philistine army.

He is going out with King Achish ready to do battle.

The problem is that David

is going out to do battle with the Israelites.

David assures King Achish that he is ready and willing

to show what he and his men can do

against the people of God.

What is David doing?

I hope to show you the answer to this question

as we examine this puzzling passage.

Let's do a little review here.

Last week we looked at Chapter 26.

Once again, Saul was in pursuit of David.

David sent out spies to find Saul's location.

David and Abishai enter the camp

as the soldiers of Saul sleep.

David does not allow Abishai to kill Saul.

Instead, only Saul's spear and water jug are taken,

as proof of how close they were to the king.

David scolds Abner and the rest of the soldiers

for allowing an assassin to approach their king.

David reminds them it was he who saved the king's life.

David also has a word for King Saul.

He once again states his loyalty to Saul

and asks again why Saul is seeking his life.

Saul confesses his guilt

and promises David he will stop pursuing him.

Yet, in spite of all this,

here in chapter 27 we find David returning to Gath.

Why doesn't David return to his homeland?

Point #1. Fear can cause us to doubt God's protection.

1 And David said in his heart, "Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand."

Back in chapter 24 verse 15 we are told

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