Daily Devotions

Monday, 20 May 2019

Proverbs 24:17

Representing Jesus

At first, King Saul loved David (1 Samuel 16:21). The LORD had already rejected Saul as king and anointed David to be the next ruler earlier in the chapter, and so now Saul wanted David near him. Unfortunately, this all changes once Saul discovers that people are singing the praises of David more than they were praising him. (1 Samuel 18:7-9) Over the next decade or so, Saul literally tried to kill David many times.

There were times when David's men could have slain Saul, but David would not allow it. "He said to his men, 'The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD's anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD's anointed.'" (1 Samuel 24:16) To David, as long as Saul lived, he was the LORD's anointed no matter what he did. Note how David treated the man who sought to kill him.

One day, Saul died in battle. Shortly after, a man from Saul's camp tried to profit from Saul's death and lied to David, saying that he had killed Saul. How do you think David would reward the man who claimed to kill the man who had pursued David for so long? David had the man executed. "Your blood be on your head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have killed the LORD's anointed.'" (2 Samuel 1:16)

Your Lord Jesus died even for your enemies. If you rejoice when they fail, you are not representing Him properly. Instead, pray for your enemies and help them. "If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you." (Proverbs 25:21-22) (VAL)

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