A Price to Pay

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Devotion:  1 Samuel 18:23-25

This takes circumcision to a whole new level.  Saul demanded a high price to be payed for the hand of his daughter.  One hundred foreskins of the Philistines! What?  No dowry to be paid? Saul knew that Michal; his daughter, was in love with this handsome shepherd boy.

What was Saul’s real plan? According to verse 25, he secretly hoped David would be killed.  Why? Saul was insanely jealous of David’s popularity with his son Jonathan, his daughter, his servants, in fact many of the people in his kingdom.

          Everybody loved David, except King Saul.

Saul wanted everyone to be loyal to him. To him!  The kingdom’s focus seemed to be turning to a common shepherd boy, turned warrior.  How could this be?  All Saul could think about was what had been stolen from him. (the honor and admiration rightly due him)

          Proverbs 1:19 speaks to jealousy or greed: 

“So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; it takes away the life of its owners.”

From the beginning of Saul’s down turn in popularity, he began to plot ways to destroy this lowly shepherd boy. Saul’s earthly wisdom was full of envy and self-seeking popularity.  He should have been seeking:

“wisdom from above that is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

We find in 1 Samuel 25:44 that this same king Saul, the one who gave his own daughter to David; then broke the law of the land by giving Michal to another man.  (even after David brought Saul one hundred foreskins of the Philistines.)  What a traitor!

Saul’s revenge and greed took him farther than he wanted to go and kept his life on hold.  It’s all he could think about.  He was “eat up” with thoughts to destroy the one who continually honored and respected his position. Saul held three positions in David’s life. He was father of David’s best friend Jonathan.  He was David’s father in law.  He was the king of David’s country.

David was an amazing warrior so he could have taken Saul’s life many times over.  David continued to pay a high price as long as Saul was alive.  After Saul died, David would then succeed King Saul.  It was ordained by God that he be chosen to replace King Saul.

Are you paying a high price for honoring the position of one in authority over you?  God sees and knows.  He will accomplish what concerns you dear reader!  Stay the course and watch to see what God will do.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh Lord, I honor You in Spirit and in truth.  May I respect and honor those You have placed in authority over me.  I want to honor You in all I do and say.  Actions speak louder than words. Help me be willing to pay the price to bring honor and glory and blessing to You Lord.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

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