Scripture Read: I Samuel 21 - 22
Title: Saul's Rage Continues
(H) Highlight verse: "And the king said to the guard who stood about him, 'Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and they knew that he fled and did not disclose it to me.' But the servants of the king would not put out their hand to strike the priests of the LORD. Then the king said to Doeg, 'You turn and strike the priests.' Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests, and killed on that day eighty five persons who wore the linen ephod." I Samuel 22:17, 18
(E) Explain: King Saul is fully engrossed in his rage and hot pursuit to kill David. He will stop at nothing until he has the head of David. His actions are so outrageous that he has eighty five priests of the LORD murdered just because they helped David. In this passage we are continuing to see how the spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul and that he has a spirit of darkness and evil dwelling in him.
(A) Application: This passage reads more like a Game of Thrones episode than an account in the Holy Bible. It is in this story we see full blown evil at work in a man who was once a vessel of God. His rage, bittterness and hatred for David has fully consumed him and he will stop at nothing to ridding the planet of his nemesis. This really is a sad story, but it is also a disturbing one as well.
I see in this passage that when one is fully engrossed in their sins and have allowed sin to rule their lives they will stop at nothing to preserve themself. Saul has eighty five priests of the LORD murdered just because they were loyal to David. I have read about and met people who have dedicated their lives to building their own kingdom and will stop at nothing to see their kingdom preserved. This happens in business, entertainment, and in ministry. Be careful when you spend the majority of your time trying to maintain the kingdom that YOU build, you will fall into the depths of sin and start doing sinful things to preserve your kingdom. This is the main reason why you should not even pursue building a kingdom of me, but invest in building the Kingdom of God.
(R) Respond: I want to put all of my effort in the Kingdom of God, the only Kingdom that matters. I pray that if I ever try to build a kingdom for me that it would crumble before it even is established.
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