Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22 - 1 Samuel 26:9

NOTE: I was working on these a week ahead.
And I didn't even think about Apr 22 being Good Friday.
How appropriate a verse for God to choose ...
"No!" David said. "Don't kill him.
For who can remain innocent after
attacking the LORD's anointed one?"
1 Samuel 26:9
Temptations are alluring.
And revenge is sweet.
David had opportunities for both in 1 Samuel 26. His murderous pursuer had fallen helplessly into David's hands. David could have killed the poisonous King Saul. And he could have easily justified it -- "I don't believe there are any coincidences. Therefore, the only way these circumstances could have possibly occurred was God's miraculous intervention. Therefore, God has handed Saul into my hands. Therefore, I can kill him and end Saul obscene jealosy and murderous pursuit."
That would have been easy. Indeed, that's what David's comrades were encouraging him to do.
But sometimes 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 don't equal 5. Sometimes when God arranges an encounter, we must not be too quick to assume God's purpose for the "coincidence."
David's men leapt to the wrong conclusion: Kill Saul! But they should have been spiritually wise enough to know that two wrongs don't make a right.
David listened for God's deeper intent. While the temptation was surely alluring and while the revenge might have been momentarily sweet, David followed two higher callings: 
When God wants Saul dead, "10 surely the Lord will strike Saul down ... or he will die of old age or in battle." (In other words, I as a human do not decide life or death.)
David's second calling was this: "11 The Lord forbid that I should kill the one [God] has annointed." We may not always like our leaders, but there must be a limit to our anger, temptations, and revenge. Indeed, even gossip is a form of killing.
Today is Good Friday: "The Lord forbid that I should kill the one [God] has annointed."
In Christ's Love,
a guy who needs to
keep rechecking his math
(especilly if I start assigning the value of X
as "that means I can kill" ... or lie ... or cheat ...
or gossip ... or steal ... as David's men wanted to do)

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