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Sunday, November 25th, '18

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DEEPER ISSUES

"Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman..." (1 Samuel 30:30)

 

In modern talk a more cutting expletive would have been used. Notice this is only the third chapter after the prophet Samuel had told Saul that the kingdom would be stripped from him and given to a man after God's own heart. Saul's kingdom is crumbling around him. He spared Agag the Amalekite and in sparing Agag he lost Samuel. Next he is throwing javelins trying to pin David, his younger competition, to the wall. Words like javelins flew across the room but David wasn't the problem, there were deeper issues. Then Jonathan, Saul's son, got the brunt of his dad's malice. Fearing that Jonathan was siding with David the unbalanced king started a rant about him being the "son of the perverse and rebellious woman". He brought his wife into something that had nothing to do with her. You can see the same trait repeat itself in Saul's daughter Michal when she "despised David in her heart" (2 Samuel 6:16).

 

The deeper issue wasn't even Saul's wife, it was Saul himself. Cheap and weak is the man that lashes out at "the rebellious woman" (who probably would be an angel in another setting). We can deduce that he spoke from the abundance of his heart. His heart was growing foul. He had nothing good to say about anyone. Everyone became a suspicious threat. Even God could no longer be trusted (by Saul) which bore out in one of the most bizarre stories in the Bible, Saul going down to the witch of Endor's house seeking a "word". Jeremiah said that "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked..." I disagree with that in respect to us being made in His likeness and image, but when you take God out of that image all that is left is rot. Such was Saul's deeper issue, real deep, all the way to the hole in his soul.

 

Of course Mrs. Saul gets all the blame. After all, he was the king. He stood head and shoulders taller than all the other men in Israel. We don't know what goes on behind closed doors. If Saul called her that then as in most cases (it is assumed by those who don't know better) it takes two to tango. We aren't afforded the details.

 

I'm thinking of a famous PGA golfer who recently had his wife arrested for assault. She lacerated his face with her sharp nails while he was asleep and he went to the tournament the next day bearing the scars. But the TV commentator wisely noted that there are three sides to every story, his side, her side and third, the real truth. Poor Jonathan, he stayed faithful to his dad even after all the cursing and abuse. Michal inherited the family temper. David never did make peace with the in-laws. The whole story can be subtitled with the line, "What a shame". Saul, you could have repented. You could have backed David's fledgling government and got it back together, but you didn't. Saul's story ends in a pool of suicidal blood on the road to Gilboa. Another Saul, Saul of Tarsus' story began in a pool of tears on the road to Damascus. Tears was the only agent that could have softened all the hearts that became hardened in that sad episode in Hebrew history. But there were no tears, only Saul's "my way or the highway". Now take a deep breath. That was heavy, but it is in the Bible to make us think. Drop the javelin. Value the ones you love. Bite your tongue when you are tempted to lash out. Instead speak kindly to all. And pray till tears are squeezed out from time to time. It will release the poison. And it will keep you safe like David.


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