Lesson Scriptures: Exodus 20:13; 1 Samuel 26:7-11,22-25
Key Lesson Theme: “Honor Life”
Today's Lesson: Friday, September 25
Exodus 20:13; 1 Samuel 26:7-11,22-25
13 Do not murder.
7 That night, David and Abishai came to the troops, and Saul was lying there asleep in the inner circle of the camp with his spear stuck in the ground by his head. Abner and the troops were lying around him.
8 Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy to you. Let me thrust the spear through him into the ground just once. I won’t have to strike him twice!”
9 But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him, for who can lift a hand against the Lord’s anointed and be innocent?”
10 David added, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will certainly strike him down: either his day will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.
11 However, because of the Lord, I will never lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed. Instead, take the spear and the water jug by his head, and let’s go.”
22 David answered, “Here is the king’s spear; have one of the young men come over and get it.
23 The Lord will repay every man for his righteousness and his loyalty. I wasn’t willing to lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed, even though the Lord handed you over to me today.
24 Just as I considered your life valuable today, so may the Lord consider my life valuable and rescue me from all trouble.”
25 Saul said to him, “You are blessed, my son David. You will certainly do great things and will also prevail.” Then David went on his way, and Saul returned home.
Live It Out
It is probably fair to say that most of us would not set out to kill someone intentionally. And to apply this lesson by saying, “Don’t murder someone,” seems superfluous, especially in the context of a Bible study group. Such violent action is generally not a temptation for us.
That being true, what is the significance of this lesson for most of us? The point of the lesson is, “Respect human life as God does.” Therein lies the application for most of us. Even if murdering someone never enters our minds, does our attitude toward others demonstrate the kind of respect that presents a faithful, accurate witness about the character of God and our relationship to Him?
God, through the sixth commandment, said we must not kill. Jesus said we shouldn’t even talk in language that belittles another person—makes them feel less than valuable. Look at each and every person as a person of worth in God’s sight, and, because we are His people, they are valuable in ours as well. Fight for the rights of any and all who are disenfranchised, abused, threatened—from the womb to the person taking his last breath; from the most elite of society to the most limited. That is what God expects of us. Similar to what David said about Saul, “Who are we that we would stretch forth our hands to harm one of those whom God loves?”
What did this lesson mean to you?
What truth did you need to hear?
How will you give that truth practical expression in your life setting?
What will you do to affirm someone who is struggling to understand that he or she has value in God’s sight—and in yours as well?
Until next week Saints…..
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