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I Samuel 22:1-23:29

There is sooooo much meat in today’s reading, so many things to hone in on yet, I can’t get away from a verse in Proverbs that keeps coming to me over and over again every time I read today’s Old Testament passage,

THE WICKED flee when no man pursues them, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion. [Lev. 26:17, 36; Ps. 53:5.] When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but when the ruler is a man of discernment, understanding, and knowledge, its stability will long continue. (Proverbs 28:1-2 AMP)

I became stuck with this passage and didn’t know why. “God, what does this have to do with the passage? David is the one who is running from Saul; is David “wicked” because he is running; but Saul IS after Him,” what am I missing? “God what are you trying to tell me?”

And then I heard in the middle of the day after “seeking,” knocking,” “asking” about the meaning, “The wicked flee from the face of truth, that is what they are running from!” Never have I looked at those verses in Proverbs as speaking about anything other than one human who is paranoid because of evil deeds fleeing from another. Saul’s pursuit of David was not really about David although David was the object of Saul’s desire. Saul’s pursuit was all about fleeing from the truth that he had been removed from his spiritual authority over Israel and as the spirt goes, there goes the man.

What are we pursuing and are we pursuing it out of our fleeing from the Truth. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NET.)

I think I was given some insight into why those in Truth are persecuted. It’s really not about us, its all about Jesus.

He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" So he said, "Who are you, Lord?" He replied, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! (Acts 9:4-5 NET.)

Saul hadn’t touched Jesus physically; however, because Jesus was and is the Truth, any assault against those who speak the Truth, love the Truth, live by the Truth is an assault against Jesus.

Saul had totally lost all form of respect for God.He knew Ahimelech heard from the Lord therefore the Lord was still with him yet he had him killed using a gentile.I can't help but wonder how this really happened...did 85 priests just sit and wait for one Edomite to slay them all or did Saul's officials finally decide to join in the slaughter...
I guess this may be a bit controversial...I couldn't help wondering if what happened to the priests came as judgement on the house of Eli and his sons(I couldn't find any scripture to clear me on that one)...The priests seemed godly men and their slaughter by ungodly men does raise the usual questions"why did God let that happen".
We can see David getting encouragement when he's at his lowest;the people he fought to save from the philistines are willing to give him up,each time he looks at Abiathar he remembers that priests got killed because of him,Saul's hot on his heels....then his beloved friend Jonathan comes to remind him that God is still on his side.It's also amazing that Saul stops at nothing to kill David yet when the philistines attack Israel,he turns back even though he's so close to capturing David.God made him do that!Saul was capable of throwing his spear at Jonathan in public because of David,killed innocent priests because of David,surely he couldn't have cared less if all Israel burned down if only he could get David....yet he turned back!
The question still rises up in my mind...what about the priests and their families...slaughtered like sheep.Reading Bob's commentary,I guess when Jesus promises abundant life surely he meant eternal life.Daily we hear of christians killed during missions and it really doesn't go with the prosperity gospel that we hear so much about.True nobody likes to preach about poverty but Jesus became poor so we could be rich...we are called to share in his sufferings.I pray for grace and understanding to be able to God will inspite of the costs.
God bless you all

I,too, in the past have relied more on myself and less on God. That didn't work out too well. Like Pastor Warren says, "It's not about you."

That said, aren't I giving myself too much credit? Yes, its an example of humbleness to confess my self-centerness of the past. But what about today? Have I learned from my misdeeds? Have I repented? Do I still have that self-love, self-reliance about myself and come begging to God when all else fails? Certainly I know myself in this matter and I cannot hide today's failings from either myself or from God.

It is said that a man walking down the street here in America that somehow gets a small stone in his shoe...this presents to him a larger, more immediate problem than all of the combined problems of the world.

Holy Father, I am a sinner. I continue to sin while studying your Word. I continue to sin even after being shown the correct Path. Let me not say that my sins are in the past. Rather, help me with my weakness as I sincerely desire your presence and care.

Love,
art

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