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In the Cat and Mouse game take the High Road

1 Samuel 20-24 – I guess I could have called this entry “the Hunter and the Hunted.” The saga of King Saul hunting down his son-in-law David, who is the heir apparent to the throne. It’s almost like a soap opera the way the story unfolds – of course you and I know how the story will end. It follows that after the Holy Spirit was removed off Saul that he acts like a wild insanely jealous man. Saul is consumed with trying to kill David – one cannot help but think of King Herod attempting to eliminate Jesus as the next king. David and Jonathan have such a close bond; Jonathan has chosen David over his father. In the passages this week, there is a continual pursuit of David. Saul assembles his army, at times up to 3000 men to capture/kill David. David is aided by Jonathan to escape from the clutches of the jealous king.

I’m not sure how I would have acted then, but I have been in ministerial situations where people were out to destroy me. Many of you reading this blog really are wondering – surely he has overstated this. Really, out to destroy you?!As unimaginable as this is, not everyone in  church is Saved, has a relationship with Jesus. Duh! John 10:10a tells us that the adversary, Thief comes only to seek, kill and destroy. When a person trust by faith in Christ, we gain the power and love of God which is inexhaustible; but we also gain an enemy. You would think that Saul would embrace David for all the fighting and support to Israel against the giants – Philistines? One would think that the Church would support and uplift those who labor for their souls? Nope! Now please, I know there are bad pastors/clergy just like there are bad churches; however this does not give either the right to play the “Gotcha game.” What I mean by this is neither one should be looking to have an advantage over the other. There can be a great chasm between the Pulpit and the Pew, but it shouldn’t be allowed to persist.

I have had to tell so many people in the Church to take the “High Road.” That means we don’t look for advantages to try to destroy or win against our enemies. In fact the Lord Jesus say we are to pray for those who hate us and despitefully abuse us. David finds himself running from Saul, David has his on loyal men to help protect him from Saul. The High Road is a hard road. We can look at taking advantage of an “Upper Hand” when it comes our way – David had the chance to kill Saul in the cave [1 Sam 24, even his men said – Kill the King! David spares Saul’s life. The verses 6-8 about vowing not to lift his hand against the Lord’s anointed, speaks for those in the church that are trying to destroy, get rid of the Pastor. Scripture warns against bringing unfounded accusations against the man of God – only doing so with multiple witnesses.

I wish that churches and clergy would pay attention to Matthew 18, about reconciliation. Go to the one you have issue with – immediately, do not leave a snare for Satan! Even though David knew he was the next King, by the authority of God; he remained a faithful follower. Very interesting, because later David’s own son Absalom will try to usurp the kingdom from him. Lesson here is to be a good leader, you must first be a good follower. I really don’t like conflict, mainly because what I want to do in the situation, isn’t in line with scripture. Romans tells us not to take revenge, but to leave it to the Lord. Man that is hard – I want to be exonerated, I protest – I’m innocent! Yes this may or may not be the case – but it is God who justifies! Job was innocent – yet he did not take matters into his own hands. In conflict many times there is the “band wagon” scenario. This means when someone attacks us, people jump on board and bring all sort of unfounded accusations. Even David had people who “ratted him out” to Saul. [Doeg the Edomite]

Taking the “High Road” in this Cat and Mouse game, being the mouse – is so hard, and you will not be able to do it in your own strength. Proverbs 3:5-7 – Trust in the LORD, lean on Him – don’t try to make sense of it all – it just is the continued battle of the LORD and Satan. You maybe the mouse at times, but NEVER be the CAT!

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King Saul’s Self-destruction

1 Samuel 15-19; this section of 1 Samuel is packed full of good and bad. We have the failure of King Saul; his disobedience to the Law; the evil spirit that replaces the Holy Spirit. Saul begins to act like a “mere man” – which really is all any of us are without the Holy Spirit at work in our minds, wills and actions. It is a sad story of Saul, he could have reigned for much longer than he did – but arrogance, pride and jealousy destroyed his reign. We are introduced to God’s chose as King – which will be a perpetual throne. David is promised that he will not lack from one of his ancestors to sit on the throne of Judah. Ultimately this is fulfilled by Jesus Christ our Lord and King.

David is anointed as the future king, only thing is he has to wait 13 yrs. David is a musician – musician’s are a different breed. David is no different – reflecting on his writings in Psalms and knowing the talents of music within him, makes me understand the varied mood swings in David’s personality. As I was reading, I wondered what Jesse thought of all this about David? First, Samuel comes and anoints him, then Saul comes and takes him away to soothe his evil spirit rampages. Something that impressed me – before David became king, he was a devoted and obedient follower. The exact same thing that Jesus, the Son of God was for us.

Of course there are two chapters that tell the story of Goliath, the giant philistine who mocks and ridicules the Israelite armies. He challenged them, or rather called them out to fight him in a winner take all bout. I couldn’t help but think of the movie “Dancing with wolves” where Kevin Costner rides his horse between the two fighting armies – yet escapes unscathed. While the enemy watches and shoots at this apparent suicide soldier, Costner’s army advances and takes them.  For 40 days, the two sides dress in battle array, even go out shouting – yet never engaging. Well here comes young David, sent by his father to take some food to his brothers. David witnesses all the show – yet no one is fighting. Even his brother Eliab, ridicules David for criticizing the battle scene.  Well, we all know that David won the battle over Goliath. When I think of all of Israel standing around waiting for battle, yet to afraid to do anything – I see many churches in the same predicament – waiting for the Man of God to do the work that everyone knows needs to happen. Israel was paralyzed by fear – too many churches and believers react the same way when the enemy calls them out for battle. Yes, Satan will use his tactics of fear and paralysis to keep people and churches from ever really accomplishing the will of God. Stand up o man of God – the Battle is the Lord’s and He needs someone who will stand in the gap and be used!

Saul rather than rejoicing with the success of David, who has become the people’s choice  – also Michal- Saul’s daughter. Saul is enraged with jealousy towards David. He tries to make David his son-in-law by offering Merab – that doesn’t work. But Michal, is the one who loves David and ultimately marries him. The hope of having an inside track” to the movements and thoughts of David really doesn’t materialize – for even Jonathan is enamored with David.

We find why David is so prosperous – the Lord was with him in all that he did. Saul was fighting against his human flesh, the evil spirit of Satan, and the will of God. Saul had his opportunity but he blew it. Instead of praising God for the enemies being subdued, Saul raged with anger, even trying to kill David on several occasions. Jonathan gets Saul, his father to make an oath not to kill David – Saul is a liar. He aggressively tries to confer with Abner to get David killed – but David keeps on succeeding.

The people of Israel got what they wanted in a king – but God put in place his choice for ruler over his people. David is a still just a man. We know that he is “a man after God’s own heart,” but David will have his shortcomings and sin to deal with.

So what are we to make of all this? Serve God, live honestly before men and trust Jehovah for deliverance from our enemies.

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