1 Samuel 29

  1. Saul had received his bad report. David was now about to put himself in a predicament that would have been, I suppose, almost impossible to get himself out of. In C-27, we learn that David had no intent on being a thorn in the side of the Israelites. Should we think it would have been different here if he took up arms in the pending battle? The king of Achish surely thought David was nothing but an asset of great proportions, but it’s interesting to note that Jewish theology teaches contrary. “…David had no intention of harming his brethren; he intended to capitalize on Achish’s trust to find ways to help his fellow Jews stealthily” (ArtScroll, p. 185). As we learn in the chapter the Philistines at large would hear nothing at all with regard to David fighting alongside them. In fact they did not trust David at all. David was turned back, and it was good that he was.
  2. Application: Though David was not trusted by the Philistines because it was not long ago that he defeated the Philistine champion (Goliath), it goes to demonstrate that one can conduct self in such a way that others are deceived by the actions of the one so-conducting self. Though, in a different context, we should learn what 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 is really all about then.