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29
March
2012

David and Saul: father and son's reconciliation! - The enemy

The enemy
So, what went wrong? Despite their friendship and David's loyalty to the king, gradually King Saul became jealous of David, because of the people's praise for him, 1 Samuel 18:7-8. Saul also came to fear David because of his success and because he realized God was with him, 1 Samuel 18: 5-9, 10-13, 14-16. He even set up a trap for David by having him marrying one of his daughters while having one condition, which was that David would have to serve him bravely by fighting the battles of the Lord while he hoped the Philistines would kill him, 1 Samuel 18:17-25. Ultimately he started to consider David as his enemy, 1 Samuel 20:30-31, 1 Samuel 18:28-30 (NIV),

28 When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David, 29 Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days. 30 The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known.

So, to Saul even though David was like a son to him and his best officer ever, he felt threaten by him because of his fame as a military officer, the love of his daughter for him and the fact that he was anointed by Samuel to become the next king of Israel. Saul loved David, but he just loved his position as a king more. Isn't it in todays royal circles the same? They do love their families, but love their position more, as if that is all in life. Obviously it is all in life for most of them, so some go to great lengths to keep it.

Saul's trouble was actually not caused by David himself but was the result of Saul losing favour with God because of his disobedience that started after two years of his reign, 1 Samuel 13:1-14, 15. Later, at that time Samuel already died, he made his cause with God worse by consulting with a medium, 1 Samuel 28, 1 Chronicles 10:13-14. Still King Saul considered David as his enemy.

David on the other hand didn't perceive Saul as his enemy - When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed?, 1 Samuel 24:19 - but he feared for his life and he was very sad to tears about all this, 1 Samuel 20:41. Much later so was King Saul, 1 Samuel 24: 16. Saul attempted twice to kill David with his spear, 1 Samuel 18:7-11 and 19:8-10. Both times after David's victory in battle over the Philistines. David had no other choice but to flee.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David