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King Saul wasnít exactly happy with David at the time, the truth is, he
was jealous of him. "Saul has killed his thousands," the people said, "David
his ten thousands." Usually when there is a disagreement between two people
both people are wrong. But frankly, I donít see where David did anything
wrong. As far as Iím concerned, Saul was totally out of line in his
behavior toward David. He was wrong when he threw the spear at him. He
was wrong when he plotted to have him killed so he could provide a dowry
for his daughter's hand. He was wrong when he sent his goons over to his
house to kill him in his own daughter's bed. He was wrong when he hunted
him down like a rabid dog after David fled for his life. Wrong, wrong,
wrong-Saul was completely wrong.
Butóand this is a big butóSaul was the king. He was God's anointed.
So what should David do? Should David, in the spirit of preserving his
own life take matters into his own hand and strike Saul down? His advisors
told him to, they said that God had delivered Saul into his hand. Will
he preserve his own life by taking the life of his king?
David would not strike the King and do him any harm, even when
he would have been justified in doing so, simply because Saul was God's
anointed. Instead of taking matters into his own hands, David chose to
trust in Deut. 32:35 which says, "'Vengeance is Mine, and retribution,
In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near,
And the impending things are hastening upon them.'" The prophet Nahum would
later write, "A jealous and avenging God is the Lord; The Lord is avenging
and wrathful. The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves
wrath for His enemies." (Nahum 1:2 NASB) David understood that God would
take vengeance on his behalf. David chose to trust in God to take care
of him while he remained beyond reproach.
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