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boxing ring April 23 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: 1Samuel 27; 1Chronicles 12:1-7; 1Samuel 28:1-2; 1Samuel 29; 1Chronicles 12:19-22; Psalm 40; Psalm 69; Psalm 86; Psalm 131

To Fight or Not to Fight?

Boxers fight, families fight, and even friends fight. When do we need to face our opposition and when do we need to escape? That is often a difficult thing to determine. Hopefully, today’s Bible study will help us answer that question.

The Need for Escape

Because of Saul’s hot pursuit of David, David sought refuge for himself, his family, his army and their families. He feared to stay in the land of Israel because one day he believed he would be destroyed. What would happen to his family? Would they too be destroyed? What would happen to his army? One reason for escape may be for the preservation of those who are counting on our leadership. Are you a father or mother, the owner of a business or a leader of an organization? What would happen, if (out of pride) you decided to stay and tough out the conflicts that might destroy you? What would happen to your family or your associates? Would they survive? That is something that must be considered. David escaped to Philistine territory. He settled in Ziklag with his armies, his family and their families; he finally had some peace, even though he was in enemy territory.

Preservation

Escape does not always mean peace, and we may have to fight for preservation. David was in a tenuous situation, living in enemy territory, so he deceived the Philistine king. He made his presence in the country seem more palatable by “attacking Philistine enemies,” and even his own people. In reality, David would attack Israelite enemies, completely destroying them, leaving no one to tell a different tale, and then give a false report to Achish, the Philistine ruler, that he had been attacking Israelite cities. By feigning loyal he gained the trust of King Achish. Achish trusted David and said to himself, “He has become so odious to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant forever.” (1Samuel 27:12, NIV). While we would not condone lying, acts of service and respect can help us survive in hostile environments.

During the time of his refuge in Ziklag, notable Israelite warriors from the tribe of Benjamin (Saul’s tribe) defected and joined David’s army (1Chronicles 12:1-7). Shortly thereafter, many generals from the tribe of Manasseh also defected from Saul and joined David so that he had a great army. This must have encouraged David, knowing that God still cared about his preservation and would bring him to rule Israel one day. If God has acted to preserve you, give him praise.

Now that David had gained respect from King Achish, he wanted David and his army to join his Philistine army in a fight against Israel. David was caught between a rock and a hard place; he wanted to appear loyal, but he did not want to fight against his own people. Fortunately, God solved the problem for him by providing a means of escape. The Philistine leaders were afraid that David and his men might change sides during the conflict and lop off some Philistine heads to re-gain favor with King Saul. King Achish was forced to send David and his army back home to Ziklag. Sometimes God provides us a way to escape. 1Corinthians 10:13 says,

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (NASB’95)

There was wisdom in escaping the battle; David would not have to face King Saul, Jonathan, and his own countrymen in the conflict. God had other plans for David’s army; for when he was sent home he had to rescue his own family (more about that in tomorrow’s Bible study).

Lessons to live by:

  • One reason for escape may be for the preservation of those who are counting on our leadership.
  • Escape does not always mean peace, and we may have to fight for preservation.
  • Acts of service and respect can help us survive in hostile environments.
  • If God has acted to preserve you, give him praise.
  • God sometimes helps us to escape conflicts.
  • Do you know God? Do you want him to be your savior and defender? He offers you forgiveness, peace, and spiritual life. He can help you (more...)

Today’s Bible memory verse:

1Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (NASB’95)

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