... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

29
March
2012

David and Saul: father and son's reconciliation! - No harm to God's king

No harm to God's king
It must have been painful for David to realize that this new found father figure became his enemy and wanted to kill him while he himself meant no harm to him. David must have liked the idea of eventually becoming the king of Israel, but not to that extend that he would take King Saul's life to achieve this faster. Although he was given the power at being successful to become king, his morale code based on God's commandments - 1 Kings 15:5 and Psalm 40:8 - prevented him from becoming lawless as some people would to achieve what is to them their egotistic goals. Given power just isn't meant to be used for own egotistic greed for success. So, having the power doesn't necessarily mean having it your way, that being to some, the lawless way. How many in the course of history to this day would have followed or would follow David's example?

Twice David had the chance to kill Saul, but he didn't, 1 Samuel 24 and 26. Why not? His moral code at not wanting to kill God's anointed king,

… 6 He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 7 With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way. .. 1 Samuel 24 (NIV)

And he told King Saul,

...12 May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. 13 As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you. … 1 Samuel 24 (NIV)

At another occasion,

… 9 But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless? 10 As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “the LORD himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11 But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. … 1 Samuel 26 (NIV)

David even rebuked Abner one of Saul's officers, who brought David to King Saul after he defeated Goliath - 1 Samuel 17 - that he wasn't giving King Saul proper protection, 1 Saul 26:14-16.

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