Archive for March 21st, 2012

1 Samuel 19

1 Samuel 19 has the story of true friendship.  Saul is not content being second fiddle to David in the eyes of the people.  He wants David gone and tells his son Jonathan that “that they should kill David”.  That creates quite a dilemma for Jonathan because he “delighted much in David”, they were kindred spirits of one heart.  Jonathan could not stand back and watch his best friend killed by his father, so he warned David.  “Be on your guard in the morning” was his direction for David.  Jonathan told David he would speak with his father, Saul the king, and find out what his intentions were.  Jonathan interceded on David’s behalf and convinces Saul, at least for the short term, to leave David alone.  “As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death” were Saul’s word in response to Jonathan’s plea.

But that was short lived.  Another battle comes along and David destroyed the Philistine army yet again.  Saul is overcome with jealousy and returns to his desire to have David killed.  He first attacks him while David is playing the lyre to help calm his spirit.  Then he tries to get at David through his daughter Michal, who was David’s wife.  But she warned David and helped him escape so David ran.  Michal created a diversion by making it look like David was lying in bed ill, but in fact she had lowered him out the window earlier in the night so he could escape.  When Saul’s thugs arrived to capture him, he was gone.

Saul finds out that David had fled and escaped, and eventually discovers that he is with Samuel at Naioth in Ramah.  So Saul keep pursuing and sends messengers, aka thugs, to go get him.  Then God does some pretty amazing stuff.  Samuel was there leading a group of prophets who were prophesying together.  As the messengers approached, “they saw the company of the prophets prophesying”.  No big deal, right.  After all, prophets should be prophesying.  That is what they are supposed to do.

But the miracle is that the “Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied”.  The folks Saul sent to capture David were not the prophetic type, they were men of battle and part of Saul’s army.  Yet when they came into the presence of Samuel and his prophets, the Spirit of God overtook them and they became prophets.  So Saul does what any wise king would do – he sent a second group – same outcome.  So he sends a third group and guess what – they become prophetic as well.  So then “he himself went….and he asked, “Where are Samuel and David….and the Spirit of God came upon him also….and as he went he prophesied….and he too stripped off his clothes….and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay naked all that day and all that night”.  Remember – Saul didn’t go there to have an experience with God.  He was there to capture and kill David.  Yet God met every person Saul sent to do harm, and he took their intent for evil and turned them into prophets.  What an amazing God we serve!

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