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1 Samuel 26:1-25 “Been There, Done That”

Aug 20 2018

1 Samuel 26:1-25 “Been There, Done That”

The events of 1 Samuel 26 give us a sense of déjà vu; which Webster’s dictionary describes as “a feeling that one has seen or heard something before”. There are even a few commentators who feel that the 26th chapter is a compilation of chapter 23 and 24 of 1 Samuel where similar events are recorded. Yet with that said a closer examination reveals that as similar as they are they are not the same events as the location, time of day and other details are not the same. This has led some to not bother teaching this chapter at all, saying that the similarities wouldn’t warrant teaching on something that they had already commented on before. I look at it very differently, as I seems to me that the old adage is true, “Those that won’t learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them!” Recognizing that the Holy Spirit is the author of scripture and that He did not make a mistake in what chapters to include for our admonition causes me to search for the reason why He wanted to include a repetition of events. I believe the answer lies in the two final statements made by Saul and David to each other, both of which seem to sum up their lives. Saul says in verse 21 “I have played the fool and erred exceedingly”. The word “played” here does not refer to playing a part but rather the word is used for playing a musical instrument. Saul sums up his life as a man whose melody and harmony of life was that of a fool and indeed even after this confession in the 28th chapter he consults a medium and in the 31st chapter commits suicide. Ah but David’s life is also summed up by his words in verse 24 where he says, “let my life be valued much in the eyes of the LORD”. It seems to me that at any point in life we will be able to sum up our lives by one of those two epitaphs. Our lives will either be a melody foolishness, or it will be one that is valued much in the eyes of the Lord. And how will we be able to tell if we have moved from one epitaph to the other? Well it will be seen in how you respond to similar events in your life, if you repeat the same mistakes then you are clearly not learning from them. My mother use to always tell me, “You’re not a fool for making mistakes only for not learning from them”!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!