1 Samuel – Chapter 29: Achish Sends David Back to Ziklag

Last we looked in 1 Samuel we were seeing ghosts, literally.  The ghost of Samuel was brought forth by a medium to speak to Saul.  I’m not joking.  This really happened!  The story continues in 1 Samuel 29, so let’s continue.

“Achish replied, ‘Is this not David, who was an officer of Saul king of Israel? He has already been with me for over a year, and from the day he left Saul until now, I have found no fault in him.’” – 1 Samuel 29:3

This sets the plot of 1 Samuel 29.  David is currently with the Philistines.

“So Achish called David and said to him, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, but the rulers don’t approve of you. Now turn back and go in peace; do nothing to displease the Philistine rulers.’” – 1 Samuel 29:6-7

Everyone except for Achish is not happy with David’s presence.

“’But what have I done?’ asked David. ‘What have you found against your servant from the day I came to you until now? Why can’t I go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?’” – 1 Samuel 29:8

For starters, you kill a lot of innocent people!  Hard to trust someone who kills innocents.

“So David and his men got up early in the morning to go back to the land of the Philistines, and the Philistines went up to Jezreel.” – 1 Samuel 29:11

That concludes 1 Samuel 29.  Not nearly as exciting as the last chapter in which we met Samuel’s ghost.  Basically the Philistine leaders are not happy with David joining them in battle so they send him back to the Philistine’s camp.

Coming Soon:  1 Samuel – Chapter 30:  David Destroys the Amalekites

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