Saul’s previous approach had been more secretive.
Now he openly tells all of His servants to kill David.
Notice that Jonathan calls what Saul is doing “sin”.
He doesn’t soften it, but it direct.
Proverbs 27: 5, 6 5Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Saul was an insanely jealous man.
He had forfeited the kingdom through disobedience.
Samuel the prophet had already announced to Saul that God had disqualified him from being King.
Instead of repenting of his sin, Saul maintained his jealousy of God’s favor towards David.
He also hated that the masses loved David.
We see Jonathan trying to reason w/his father about David.
Saul seems to agree with Jonathan, but a jealous man will not act reasonably unless he repents of his jealousy.
1 Cor. 12:26, 27 26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually
If Saul was a man with a heart for God, he would have known not to have a spear in his hand, especially when David was around.
There is wisdom in knowing what we should not have in our hands.
NOTE- Though David was a military commander, he served the Lord by serving Saul, and the best thing he could do for Saul was to play music before him.
- David didn’t insist one what kind of service he performed. Whatever was needed was what he would do.
- David was willing to serve in this manner though he knew that he could once again have a spear thrown at him. How willing are we to serve God, knowing that it is not only possible, but likely, that someone will attack us…..again?
- David didn’t think himself too “macho”; he was willing to go from the battlefield to the parlor.
Saul was not going to be able to kill David, for God had said that David would be king.
Notice the tremendous force used to sink the spear into the wall.
- Saul was a head taller than everyone else.
- Saul was very jealous
No one would have blamed David for throwing the spear back at Saul…
…But David is not a Saul.
He will trust Saul over to God.
The image is a household idol, which tells us that Michal was into idol worship as well as the worship of God. Teraphim
Saul’s jealousy is such that he is willing to kill a sick man in his own bed.
David goes to the true man of God: Samuel the prophet.
May we be like a Samuel: someone to go to when people are in trouble.
We see the Holy Spirit moving upon these messengers in a powerful way.
Keep in mind what is happening …
- Saul has sent messengers to find David, so that Saul can kill him.
- Saul eventually arrives at where David was, with the intention of killing him.
Perhaps the messengers were indifferent, but Saul was surely not interested in the things of God.
And yet, the Holy Spirit comes upon them, and they fall prostrate on the ground, naked, and prophesied before God.
What happened after that….?
Saul returned to the same old thing, seeking to kill God’s choice for king.
NOTE- what do we learn from this?
God can overcome anyone by His spirit, but that doesn’t mean that that life is surrendered to God.
Saul was used by God to speak well of God, and it was dome by the Spirit of God…
But when church was over, Saul was still a murderous, insanely jealous man.
NOTE- What do we learn?
Jesus said that the world will know we are His disciples not by our prophesying, miracles, or church services.
The world will know we are Christians by our pure love for one another: From Christian to Christian.
John 13:34, 35 34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
NOTE- That doesn’t mean that we can have sloppy theology, or unorthodox behavior or church services, and call it love.
What it does say is that though you prophesy, do miracles, and look really good in church, you can still be insanely jealous and murderous in your heart, and be a reprobate regarding the things of God.
NOTE- There was no sin in David’s life that would defend what Saul is doing to him.
Saul was jealous over David being chosen of God.
Saul had been self-willed in his kingship.
He had started out well, and many had loved him.
Over time, he became corrupted by pride and self-will.
Many still supported him, and probably yearned for earlier days.
But Saul was now disqualified to serve God, though the actual removal of Saul had not taken place yet.
This is a question that we will often find ourselves asking…
This is very much a parallel of the life of Jesus…
We see David taking the same road as Jesus…trusting the Lord with the outcome of this unfair attack.
David did not attack Saul back, but trusted Saul to the Lord.
As loyal as Jonathan was to David, he had a blind spot about Saul’s actual intentions against David.
The last thing that Jonathan head heard from his dad was that he wouldn’t kill David.
Consider the godly devotion of Jonathan.
He knows that David called to be king.
He is not sure about the truth regarding his dad.
He has already expressed his willingness to give up the throne to David.
Proverbs 17:17 17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
He is not sure what it will cost him to love David in light of how his father feels about David.
Jonathan knows his own unique bitterness as well.
This is all because of the jealousy of Saul.
Jonathan is so willing to divulge the truth. as soon as he perceives it
He just doesn’t see it yet, but he will.
After Jonathan and Saul were dead, David would honor this covenant to show kindness to the house of Jonathan.
David would find Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, and he would care for him all his life. 2 Sam. 4
Religious uncleanness at this monthly feast.
Finally, Jonathan sees his father’s true colors.
NOTE- When you defend the righteous, the spears thrown at them will be thrown at you.
John 15:20 20Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
Whether you are standing by a righteous man or standing for a righteous cause, the enemies of righteousness will immediately perceive you as a target as well.