We live in unusual and interesting times. Never have things moved so fast around us. It took right at 5900 years for transportation to advance from animals to automobiles. In a 100 years man has achieved speed faster than sound, traveled to destinations as far as the moon and changed the English Bible over 200 times. In less than 50 years we have seen the most prosperous and advanced civilizations legalize murdering innocent babies, approve same sex marriages and strive to remove God and the Ten Commandments from our society. Man keeps contradicting himself. One day he is saying that Jesus never existed, the next week he is saying they have found His tomb! Today we are inundated with global warming threats while in the mid 70’s it was global cooling! Some of the most disturbing problems are among those who claim the name of Christ. If one stands against sinful lifestyles, he is branded a “legalist.” (Let me insert again…a legalist is one who requires a certain lifestyle in order to be saved. A separatist is one who encourages separation from “all appearances of evil” after one is saved (1 Thessalonians 5:22.) While the religious (saved and lost alike) continue to fight, our world is plunging to hell.
There is a comparable story in the lives of Saul and David. Take a moment to read 1 Samuel 18:6-12. Saul was the first king of Israel. He had all the physical qualifications of a leader. He was humble and God blessed him. He soon became headstrong and began to do things his way deliberately disobeying God’s words (1 Samuel 15.) This event caused God to reject Saul as king and select the 8th son of Jesse named David (1 Samuel 16:1, 12.) It was at this time that the “Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul” (v. 14.)
The Philistines, Israel’s greatest enemy brought out the giant Goliath to face down Israel. The sight of Goliath brought immense fear to Saul and his army. Most of you know the story. This same David killed the giant with a slingshot. David continued to be a great warrior and totally dedicated himself to Saul. Instead of Saul appreciating David, he was jealous and sought to kill him (1 Samuel 18:8-9.) Space does not permit mention of all of the events between Saul and David. We know that Saul’s son, Jonathan, loved David and tried to protect him from the hatred of his father.
Let us look at some conclusions we can draw from the relationship between Saul and David.
SAUL WAS INDEBTED TO DAVID – 1 Samuel 17
David had saved Saul and Israel from the Philistines by killing Goliath. In our time we are indebted to people who pioneered this nation for Jesus Christ. Those old warriors of faith and boldness have given us the freedom to raise our children. History doesn’t reveal too many politically correct people accomplishing anything for God.
SAUL WAS AFRAID OF DAVID – 1 Samuel 18:12
Notice the reason for this fear of David, “the Lord was with Him.” You would think those professing to follow Christ would want to be around soulwinners, Bible students, prayer warriors and those advocating a clean lifestyle. Why would any of these things be held in contempt or ridicule by anyone except the Devil’s crowd? Why would any Christian be against Bible classes in the public school as long as the class was not mandatory? Why would any Christian be in alliance with Planned Parenthood? Why do many of our nation’s leading religionists accept any and all faiths as being of God in denial of John 14:6. Paul told Timothy to assume the attributes of a soldier, athlete and farmer (2 Timothy 2:1-6.) Unfortunately, it seems many have assumed the attributes of pacifism, a nerd and a snake oil salesman.
SAUL WAS OBSESSED WITH GETTING RID OF DAVID – 1 Samuel 23:14
Time and time again Saul tried to kill David. He hated David more than he hated the Philistines. There was no reason for Saul to hate David. David never crossed him. He had two opportunities to kill Saul and walked away. Saul lied to David, cheated him and turned everyone he could against him. He made all kinds of peace and prosperity promises to the Israelites if they would help him in his battle against David (1 Samuel 22:7.) This is amazing since Saul actually owed his life to David.
In our time, the new age group thinks that God’s message and methods are out of date. Visitation to the lost, sick or bereaved is out; power points and rock music are in. I heard a Christian parole officer say, “The reason the present day Christian never is in trouble like the 1st century Christian is because we don’t do anything to offend the devil!”
Maybe we need to bring back the mourner’s bench, preach on repentance and warn people of a coming hell for the unsaved. Or, we can continue giving parties for the lost, feeding the poor and making sure we do not mention that Jesus died for our sins and was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25.)
Paul’s prison experience revealed two types of preaching:
“And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” Philippians 1:14-18
Unfortunately, it seems those preaching in pretence have outdistanced those preaching truth. The old Communist motto of “The end justifies the means” has saturated Christendom. It is also failing spiritually just as it is politically. Are we emulating Saul or David?
Keep Looking Up!