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29
March
2012

David and Saul: father and son's reconciliation! - Reconciliation

Reconciliation
Despite King Saul's attitude, David and Saul did reconciled with each other as described in 1 Samuel 24 and especially chapter 26.

Saul's reaction to David for not harming him,

… 16 When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud. 17 “You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly. … 18 You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the LORD delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me. 19 When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today. 20 I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.
21 Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.” 22 So David gave his oath to Saul. … 1 Samuel 24 (NIV)

After David refused to kill King Saul when he had the chance, and the conversation between David and Saul which resulted in David giving his oath to King Saul concerning his descentants, Saul went home and David continued to his own destination, his stronghold, to some believed to be Massada in the dessert of Judah. Later despite of Saul's realization that David will become king after him and the promise David made to him, when Saul hears where David is hiding he again goes out with his 3000 men to find David, 1 Samuel 26:1-2. This second time David spared his life, King Saul reconciles with David whom was still loyal to him and didn't want to kill him in the first place, 1 Samuel 26.

Saul blessed David, 

… 17 Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice, David my son?” ...
21 Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.” …
25 Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.”... 1 Samuel 26 (NIV)

This would be the last time David and King Saul spoke to each other. A conversation in which Saul admits his sins, that he was wrong, asks David to come back and which ends with Saul blessing David! So, Saul actually really accepts his faith.
But, to David reconciliation didn't equal trust. So, David preferred to go his own separate way again, away form Saul. He fled to the territory of the Philistines with his men and his family - 1 Samuel 27:1-5 - hoping Saul would stop pursuing him. When Saul heard where he had gone, indeed he ceased to search for him. King Achish of Gath, whom had a curious previous encounter with David whom out of fear pretended to be a mad man - 1 Samuel 21:11-16 - gave David and those with him a place in the country side, and later David became his bodyguard. David stayed in Philistine territory a year and four mounts - 1 Samuel 27:7 - until he was asked to leave - 1 Samuel 29:6-7 - because when the Philistines wanted to battle the Israelites they didn't trust him.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David