1 Samuel: Lesson 27 — May The LORD Judge

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 1 Samuel.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.


Here Comes A King:
A Study of the Book of 1 Samuel

Lesson 27 (May The LORD Judge)
1 Samuel 24:1-22

The Text:

  1. After Saul finished his pursuit of the Philistines, a pursuit that interrupted his pursuit of David, what did he do?  Where did begin his search?  Why?
  2. Where are David and his men hiding?  Who comes into their hiding place?  What did David’s men want him to do?  What does David do?
  3. After accomplishing what he did, how did David feel about it?  What was the explanation given to his men for why David felt the way he did?  How did David respond to his men? 
  4. What does David do after Saul leaves the cave?  What message does he give to Saul?  What questions are asked by David?  Who does David call upon to be the judge between he and Saul?   
  5. How does Saul respond to David’s words?  What question does Saul have?  What statement does Saul make about David’s future?  What is Saul’s request of David before Saul returns home?  What does David do after this encounter?


The Application:

  1. What things are you so focused on that you return to them even after life had interrupted them with other urgent matters?  Are they good things or bad things or some of each?  How much do you rely on others for information on where you should go or what you should do? 
  2. How much time do you spend hiding in one form or another?  Have you ever had a person you were hiding from show up and not even realize you are there?  Do you ever find yourself encouraging someone, or yourself, to do the wrong thing just because the opportunity is present and it appears to do so will make things easier?     
  3. Do you feel bad for even “minor” violations against someone?  How hard is it to recognize someone as a fellow servant of God when their actions are not godly?   
  4. How can you defend your cause with honor when you find yourself unjustly under attack?  
  5. Are there people who deserve better treatment than what you have given them?  How hard is it to “let the LORD judge” when the opportunity exists for you to judge?


Next week: 1 Samuel 25:1-44
A Fool’s Very Temporary Reprieve

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