1 Samuel 17: 28-32….Trusting or Rash?

Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?” And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way, and the people answered him again as before.
When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

Comment: If you remember, Eliab had been passed over as the future king, but had seen Samuel anoint David. How belittling were the words ‘those few sheep in the wilderness’. David ignores the slight and keeps talking until word of his willingness to fight reaches Saul, the king’s ears. David might seem a little cock-sure but in front of Saul he sticks to his word, and says, ‘stop this fearful attitude, I will go and have the victory’. Is he being rash or trusting God?

Prayer: Help me to realize that You don’t leave me to fight Your battles alone. O my God.

One thought on “1 Samuel 17: 28-32….Trusting or Rash?

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. I did not receive an email from you yesterday, so I think that there is a gap in the story from Monday. I’m not sure why I did not receive a study yesterday, as I presume that you sent one. David of course, is the “little” brother with 7 “big” brothers who obviously feel superior to him, and obviously have some anger and jealousy at the fact that this “little” brother has been anointed to be the next king. Feelings among siblings in families usually go like this. When we look at the story of Joseph, one of 12 brothers, we can see similarities. Also when we read the NT, we see that even Jesus’ brothers and sisters did not believe in Him, until after the resurrection, and then we have evidence that their hearts were changed. God bless you.


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