1 Samuel 24: Cutting Corners

Our Bible Timeline series continues today at Ottery St Mary Parish Church at 11.15.

David appeals to Saul:  ‘See the corner of your robe in my hand’: This was proof that David had full opportunity to kill Saul, yet did not take that opportunity. As David showed Saul the corner of his robe, Saul must have heard the Spirit of God speaking loudly in his heart.

i. Why did David cut off a corner of Saul’s robe? We are amazed that that was all David cut off, yet we can see God’s leading in cutting off a corner of Saul’s robe. The robe is a picture of Saul’s royal authority, and through this God sends a message to Saul: “I am cutting away your royal authority.”

ii. In 1 Samuel 15:27-28, the prophet Samuel rebuked Saul for his hard-hearted disobedience to God. In his distress, Saul tried to keep Samuel from leaving, and grabbed his robe, and a portion of the prophet’s robe tore away. When Saul was left holding the torn piece of Samuel’s robe, Samuel said to him: The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbour of yours, who is better than you. Now, when David confronts Saul with the torn robe, Saul must be reminded of this incident, and God’s message to him was loud and clear.


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