1 Samuel 19:1-10

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Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.”
4 Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. 5 He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The Lord won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?”
6 Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be put to death.”
7 So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.
8 Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him.
9 But an evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre, 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.
My ThoughtsPoppies
I have always been disturbed by this phrase…an evil spirit from the LORD. In my understanding God does not send an evil spirit to torment somebody. However, God did create everything on earth and in the heavens so evil spirits are technically from God. I believe that Saul made choices to deliberately defy God and thus invited his torment by choice. In this passage I see Saul swearing by God… as surely as the Lord lives… but he has no intention of keeping his oath. Saul did this earlier as well when he swore that… as surely as God lives Jonathan would be put to death and clearly he did not mean that either. I see a man who is happy to use the name of God to commit offences but Saul seems to forget that inherent in his choices were the curses for disobeying the Law of Moses…The Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.
This was the common understanding in these times; if you were afflicted in some way then God has sent a curse…the story of Job helps us understand this concept better. We can get so focused on the negative aspects of this story and forget that God is a good God, a God who protects and saves. Jonathan should not be protecting David like he does…because if David takes the throne then Jonathan will lose his inheritance. But God saves David; he protects him against Saul and the Philistines. When we think about God in our daily lives we need to understand that God loves, God protects and God saves. Jesus says he came to seek and save the lost, He says that He came to save the world not to judge it. If we understand these qualities about God then we can understand why God sent His son to save us even when we were hostile towards him.

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