1 Samuel 27:1-28:2
By this point David no longer feels safe in the land of Israel so he goes to the land of the Philistines. He goes to Achish, the king of Gath, which is one of the major areas of the Philistine empire. David asks Achish if he can live there and work for him. Achish agrees to let David stay and have control of the city of Ziklag. Ziklag was a Philistine town in the area near the tribe of Judah, David’s tribe. While there David began fighting against non-Israelite peoples, the Geshurites, Girizites, and the Amalakites, who lived in the same area as the tribe of Judah. When Achish would ask what he had been doing, David would answer that he had been fighting in the area of Judah. Achish assumed he was fighting the Israelite people but actually David was getting rid of people who bothered the Israelites. Thus Achish thought David was helping him but really he was helping the Israelites. When the Philistines began preparing for war, Achish told David that he and his men would go to war with them. David gave a vague answer that Achish surely know what David was capable of doing.
David has not lied to Achish, but he hasn’t really been totally honest either. In this case David is trying to protect himself and his troops. While that is understandable, honesty is important. We need to trust God to protect us and avoid sin. We need to make sure that we are being as honest as God calls us to be.
Talk about how telling half the truth is still not really honest. Take this opportunity to discuss living an honest life regardless of the consequences.