Still So Selfish?

In 1 Samuel 24:16–22 we envision pitiful Saul as he stands before one who is his better. Saul’s weeping and his admission of guilt were but shallow, passing emotions; they did not really come from his heart. He was only too glad to acknowledge David’s kindness. After all, David had spared his life! 

Still, Saul was concerned primarily for his own family, that, when David did become king, he would not slay them. 1 Samuel 24:20 indicates the perversity of Saul’s heart: he admitted that David was the rightful king, yet he persisted in opposing him! David kept his promises to Saul and even vindicated Saul’s honor after Saul’s death. 

This beautifully illustrates Christ’s words in Matthew 5:10–12. For David to show kindness to Saul, and to pray for him, was a greater victory than to overcome the Philistines giant, Goliath. We can be sure, if we obey the Lord, that He will take care of our enemies for us in His own good time.

By | 2018-07-15T18:09:14+00:00 July 21st, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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