Wednesday 19 October, 2016

1 Samuel 19:8-17

8 Once more war broke out. So David went out and fought against the Philistines. He struck them down with so much force that they ran away from him. 9 But an evil spirit sent by the Lord came on Saul. It happened as he was sitting in his house and holding his spear. While David was playing the harp, 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear. But David got away from him just as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David escaped. 11 Saul sent some men to watch David’s house. He told them to kill David the next morning. But David’s wife Michal warned him. She said, “You must run for your life tonight. If you don’t, tomorrow you will be killed.” 12 So Michal helped David escape through a window. He ran and got away. 13 Then Michal got a statue of a god. She laid it on David’s bed. She covered it with clothes. And she put some goat hair at the place where David’s head would have been. 14 Saul sent the men to capture David. But Michal told them, “He’s sick.” 15 Then Saul sent the men back to see David. He told them, “Bring him up here to me in his bed. Then I’ll kill him.” 16 But when the men entered, the only thing they found in the bed was the statue. Some goat hair was at the place where David’s head would have been. 17 Saul said to Michal, “Why did you trick me like this? Why did you help my enemy escape?” Michal told him, “He said to me, ‘Help me get away. If you don’t, I’ll kill you.’ ”

The relationship between Saul and David is the major theme of the entire book of 1 Samuel.

Here I observe a development in their conflict where it has reached a point where any interaction between them has become untenable.

Conflict between people is messy and difficult and I am astounded how much integrity David shows here. He could easily have used his warrior skill against Saul, or even used the support of his people to overthrow Saul as a leader.

In my past when I have been confronted by a tyrannical leader, my natural inclination has been to seek to undermine their leadership and seek to sabotage their power base to bring about change for the greater good.

While my motives towards an outcome may be good, this does not excuse me in using methods and techniques which are less than pure.

Here we see David mirroring Christ in loving his enemy in a Godly way and treating Saul with incredible grace and mercy.

Lord, help me to grow in integrity, not just in vision and outcome but also help me to act with love and righteousness in my actions.

Written by Ps Justin Ware

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