Lesson Scriptures: Exodus 20:13; 1 Samuel 26:7-11,22-25
Key Lesson Theme: “Honor Life”
Today's Lesson: Wednesday, September 23
1 Samuel 26:7-11
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.”
In David’s mind, Saul was no common man or ordinary king; his royal office had divine sanction. Saul had been selected by the Lord at the hands of Samuel, who anointed him with oil. Thus, he must be treated with great respect, even though he had proven himself unworthy. David knew it was not his place to execute judgment or punishment. That was for the Lord to do. Any such action on David’s part could be perceived as a selfish effort to seize the throne for himself. Thus, how could anyone who did such a thing be considered guiltless, meaning purged, innocent, or free from punishment? The implied answer to his own question is, he could not.
While at times in the stories of David, he is portrayed as ambitious, he also acted with caution and exercised conviction that the Lord would, in His own time, do what was right and best. If any vengeance was to be taken against Saul on David’s behalf, he was giving that over to the Lord. God could strike Saul down immediately at any time. His day shall come to die; natural death eventually would come as it does to all. Or he shall descend into battle, and perish; he could fall as a victim of war. Whichever it might be, of one thing David was convinced: King Saul’s death would not result from an intentional act on his part. To affirm that, he repeated the words of his question in verse 9, but this time as a declaration. The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed.
What are some lasting truths from 1 Samuel 26:7-11?
>In regard to human life, we are to stand firm for what is right in the Lord; firmly refusing to submit to the urgings of others.
>People of God are to be marked by a spirit of compassion, not of vengeance.
>Judgment and vengeance belong to the Lord.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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