1 Samuel 22

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David and his Army Hide from Saul in the Wilderness

1 Samuel 22

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Lesson Number 26

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Following the right leader leads to eternal rewards.
  2. Following the wrong leader leads to tragic results.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s be willing to admit our mistakes.


  1. Why did David take his parents to the land of Moab?
  2. Who was Gad?
  3. What kind of men gathered themselves around David?
  4. Why were 85 priests and many women, children, and animals killed in the village of Nob?
  5. Who slaughtered this community?


  1. He took them there for safety from King Saul. Saul was enemies with Moab, so they were open to David’s request. David also had distant relatives in Moab, through his great grandmother Ruth.
  2. Gad was a prophet the Lord provided to exhort, advise, and counsel David during these times of trouble. He also wrote a record of much of David’s life (see 1 Chronicles 29:29).
  3. Men who were in distress, in debt, discouraged, and discontent. But they chose the right leader to follow.
  4. Because Doeg the Edomite reported that Ahimelech the high priest had aided David in his flight from Saul.
  5. Doeg did it himself, because Saul’s guards would not strike the priests of the Lord.


  1. In this chapter we see that following the right leader leads to reward. How was this true for David’s army? How is this true for us as believers? Discuss how David is a spiritual picture of Christ in His time of rejection.
  2. Following the wrong leader led to tragic results for Doeg the Edomite. This is also true for people today who reject Christ and follow Satan. Discuss the tragic results for those who choose to follow the Antichrist in the end times.


  1. David did the right thing by admitting his mistake in this chapter. Are you willing to admit your mistakes and take the blame? Don’t shift the blame to others. Admit when you are wrong and humbly repent.

Key Verses

  • “And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to [David]. So he became captain over them.” 1 Samuel 22:2
  • “Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled and did not tell it to me.” 1 Samuel 22:17

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