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1. How successful are you at card games or board games that require some “bluffing” to win? Can others read you “like an open book” or not?
2. How successful would you be as a secret agent?
3. Do you think David would have fought against Israel? Or was he bluffing?
4. In your life right now, where are you “between a rock and a hard place” – caught in the middle whether you do, or don’t do, a particular course of action?
5. In such dilemmas, how does your Christian faith affect how you decide?
6. In reference to 1 Chronicles 12:19 – 22, what leads David to marvel at God’s guidance during this time in exile?
7. Adnah, Jozabab and the others had to surrender loyalty to Saul in order to side with David. How do you decide which way to go when divided loyalties force you to make a choice?
For sake of survival, David had become a mercenary in the Philistine army. But he had not yet fought against his own people, and it is doubtful that he would have done so. Now, dismissed from service because he wasn’t trusted in the upcoming battle, David acted distressed. Was he genuinely upset? It’s quite possible he had hoped to turn the tables against the Philistines by attacking them from behind their own lines. The Philistine commanders made a shrewd move in sending him off.