“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me!” So goes the saying!
As King Saul lays sleeping with his troops, worn out from trying to chase down the elusive David, he once again is made out to be a fool.
David and Abishai sneak into Saul’s camp and find him snoozing away! Abishai declares that low and behold, God has delivered David’s enemy right into his hands a second time!
No surprise that David, once again, declares who is he to take the life of God’s annointed? No, he will instead let God take Saul’s life in due time.
It didn’t stop the two from having a little fun taunting Saul and Abner the commander, by taking Saul’s spear and water jug!
They went a distance and shouted out to them, declaring that Saul could have met his demise that night, but instead was spared.
I love how Saul, when hearing David’s voice, answers: “is that your voice, David my son?” 1 Samuel 26:17.
Here is Saul, desiring to kill David, yet calling him “my son.”
A wise person will not trust someone who says one thing while their actions prove the opposite.
After this incident, David escapes to Philistine territory for over a year.
Saul, meanwhile continues on with his duplicity.
If God won’t answer Saul anymore, he will, as usual, take matters into his own hands and bypass Him.
He had outlawed mediums and sorcerers in Israel but then chases one down at the first opportunity to get advice when he no longer hears from God.
The medium conjures up some sort of apparition that appears to be Samuel, who informs Saul that tomorrow Israel will be handed over to the Philistines and Saul and his sons will be dead.
Much to learn from Saul in this incident, as he insists on knowing the future. There are some things that are better off being left in the dark.
Maybe there is a reason that God wants us to trust Him and not try to look too far ahead. Do we really want to know?
Saul is however, given a reason for his predicted end:
“Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out His fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today.” 1 Samuel 28:18.
Saul proclaimed faith in God but never was good at following Him.
His actions did not line up with his words.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15