SERIES – Flawless
1 Samuel 18:6-9; 17-28 GNV
6 As David was returning after killing Goliath and as the soldiers were coming back home, women from every town in Israel came out to meet King Saul. They were singing joyful songs, dancing, and playing tambourines and lyres.
7 In their celebration the women sang, “Saul has killed thousands, but David tens of thousands.”
8 Saul did not like this, and he became very angry. He said, “For David they claim tens of thousands, but only thousands for me. They will be making him king next!”
9 And so he was jealous and suspicious of David from that day on.
10 The next day an evil spirit from God suddenly took control of Saul, and he raved in his house like a madman. David was playing the harp, as he did every day, and Saul was holding a spear.
11 “I’ll pin him to the wall,” Saul said to himself, and he threw the spear at him twice; but David dodged each time.
12 Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with David but had abandoned him.
13 So Saul sent him away and put him in command of a thousand men. David led his men in battle
14 and was successful in all he did, because the Lord was with him.
15 Saul noticed David’s success and became even more afraid of him.
16 But everyone in Israel and Judah loved David because he was such a successful leader.
17 Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you as your wife on condition that you serve me as a brave and loyal soldier, and fight the Lord’s battles.” (Saul was thinking that in this way the Philistines would kill David, and he would not have to do it himself.)
18 David answered, “Who am I and what is my family that I should become the king’s son-in-law?”
19 But when the time came for Merab to be given to David, she was given instead to a man named Adriel from Meholah.
20 Saul’s daughter Michal, however, fell in love with David, and when Saul heard of this, he was pleased.
21 He said to himself, “I’ll give Michal to David; I will use her to trap him, and he will be killed by the Philistines.” So for the second time Saul said to David, “You will be my son-in-law.”
22 He ordered his officials to speak privately with David and tell him, “The king is pleased with you and all his officials like you; now is a good time for you to marry his daughter.”
23 So they told this to David, and he answered, “It’s a great honor to become the king’s son-in-law, too great for someone poor and insignificant like me.”
24 The officials told Saul what David had said,
25 and Saul ordered them to tell David: “All the king wants from you as payment for the bride are the foreskins of a hundred dead Philistines, as revenge on his enemies.” (This was how Saul planned to have David killed by the Philistines.)
26 Saul’s officials reported to David what Saul had said, and David was delighted with the thought of becoming the king’s son-in-law. Before the day set for the wedding,
27 David and his men went and killed two hundred Philistines. He took their foreskins to the king and counted them all out to him, so that he might become his son-in-law. So Saul had to give his daughter Michal in marriage to David.
28 Saul realized clearly that the Lord was with David and also that his daughter Michal loved him.
1 Samuel 19:11-24 GNV
11 That same night Saul sent some men to watch David’s house and kill him the next morning. Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t get away tonight, tomorrow you will be dead.”
12 She let him down from a window, and he ran away and escaped.
13 Then she took the household idol, laid it on the bed, put a pillow made of goats’ hair at its head, and put a cover over it.
14 When Saul’s men came to get David, Michal told them that he was sick.
15 But Saul sent them back to see David for themselves. He ordered them, “Carry him here in his bed, and I will kill him.”
16 They went inside and found the household idol in the bed and the goats’ hair pillow at its head.
17 Saul asked Michal, “Why have you tricked me like this and let my enemy escape?” She answered, “He said he would kill me if I didn’t help him escape.”
18 David escaped and went to Samuel in Ramah and told him everything that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there.
19 Saul was told that David was in Naioth in Ramah,
20 so he sent some men to arrest him. They saw the group of prophets dancing and shouting, with Samuel as their leader. Then the spirit of God took control of Saul’s men, and they also began to dance and shout.
21 When Saul heard of this, he sent more messengers, and they also began to dance and shout. He sent messengers the third time, and the same thing happened to them.
22 Then he himself started out to Ramah. When he came to the large well in Secu, he asked where Samuel and David were and was told that they were at Naioth.
23 As he was going there, the spirit of God took control of him also, and he danced and shouted all the way to Naioth.
24 He took off his clothes and danced and shouted in Samuel’s presence, and lay naked all that day and all that night. (This is how the saying originated, “Has even Saul become a prophet?”)
To be emotionally driven is to allow your emotion to direct your decisions and destiny.
1 Corinthians 13:4 GNV – Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud;
Romans 12:15 GNV – Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep.
Jealousy rejoices with others weep; and weeps when others rejoice.
Areas of Jealousy
In order to be happy, you have to know the difference between perception and reality.
You end up destroying what you’re trying to protect and losing what you are trying to keep.
Ways Saul tries to kill David
- The spear
1 Samuel 18:10-12 GNV – 10 The next day an evil spirit from God suddenly took control of Saul, and he raved in his house like a madman. David was playing the harp, as he did every day, and Saul was holding a spear. 11 “I’ll pin him to the wall,” Saul said to himself, and he threw the spear at him twice; but David dodged each time. 12 Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with David but had abandoned him.
2. The soldiers
1 Samuel 18:13-16 GNV – 13 So Saul sent him away and put him in command of a thousand men. David led his men in battle 14 and was successful in all he did, because the Lord was with him. 15 Saul noticed David’s success and became even more afraid of him. 16 But everyone in Israel and Judah loved David because he was such a successful leader.
3. The swindle
1 Samuel 17:24-27 GNV – 24 When the Israelites saw Goliath, they ran away in terror. 25 “Look at him!” they said to each other. “Listen to his challenge! King Saul has promised to give a big reward to the man who kills him; the king will also give him his daughter to marry and will not require his father’s family to pay taxes.” 26 David asked the men who were near him, “What will the man get who kills this Philistine and frees Israel from this disgrace? After all, who is this heathen Philistine to defy the army of the living God?” 27 They told him what would be done for the man who killed Goliath.
4. The skins
1 Samuel 17:28 KJV – And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
5. The spouse