1 Samuel 29

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The Lord Rescues David from a Major Dilemma

1 Samuel 29

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Lesson Number 33

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Moral mistakes of believers always result in greater problems.
  2. God sometimes delivers believers from the consequences of their mistakes.

Practical Application

  1. Take the way of escape that God provides.


  1. What were the Philistines planning according to 1 Samuel 28?
  2. What had God prophesied would happen in this battle?
  3. What dilemma did David cause for himself here?
  4. What are moral mistakes?
  5. What was King Achish’ opinion of David?
  6. How did God deliver David from this dilemma?


  1. The Philistines had joined their various military divisions together and were planning to attack Israel.
  2. King Saul and his sons would die, and the army of Israel would fall into the hands of the Philistines.
  3. David and his men had turned to the Philistine King Achish for protection from King Saul. They had served him as a mercenary army, and now were obligated to fight for the Philistines against their own countrymen.
  4. Moral mistakes in life are sinful. They involve not doing what we know we should do.
  5. That David was a loyal servant who had faithfully served him well.
  6. He caused the Philistine commanders to pressure King Achish with questions about David’s loyalty, until the King was compelled to send David home.


  1. Discuss the Law of Multiplication in moral mistakes. How is this principle sobering to you?
  2. Our sins can be eternally forgiven because of Jesus’ death on the cross. But we may have to live with the consequences of our sin. Recall a time when the Lord graciously delievered you from the consequences of a mistake.


  1. God provides a way of escape from a temptation or test of faith you may face. Take the way of escape when God provides it!

Key Verses

  • “Is this not David, the servant of Saul king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or these years? And to this day I have found no fault in him since he defected to me.” 1 Samuel 29:3
  • “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

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