1 Samuel – Chapter 23: David Saves Keilah

We continue through the book of 1 Samuel.  David is on the run and Saul, controlled by God, is killing anyone in his way of getting to David.

“When David was told, ‘Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,’ he inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’ The Lord answered him, ‘Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.’” – 1 Samuel 23:1-2

Or God could just stop hardening peoples’ hearts!

“Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, ‘Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.’ So David and his men went to Keilah, fought the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah.” – 1 Samuel 23:4-5

How many innocent men, women, children, and babies were killed in this battle with the consent of God?

“And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.” – 1 Samuel 23:8

I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s important to repeat again and again that God is controlling Saul.  God has hardened Saul’s heart forcing him to commit evil.  Saul does none of this without the control of God.

“So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there.” – 1 Samuel 23:13

This whole thing is ridiculous.  God is controlling Saul to make him commit evil to punish the Israelites and to eventually make David king.  Um…just make David king without the murder, death, and destruction!  This is NOT a loving god.  Saul continues to search for David over the next several verses.

“As Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them, a messenger came to Saul, saying, ‘Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land.’ Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines.” – 1 Samuel 23:26-28

So God causes this back and forth chase and flee between Saul and David and then has the Philistines attack the people and land?  How many people died during this event?  We’re not told, but it’s a guarantee many innocent people died all for God to get his jollies.

That concludes 1 Samuel 23.  I admit the back and forth between Saul and David is getting old.  This chapter shows us that people are dying as a result of what God is doing.  God has caused this chase.  God refuses to allow this chase to end.  People are dying because of it!  An all-loving god?  ROFL!

Coming Soon:  1 Samuel – Chapter 24:  David Spares Saul’s Life


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