"David and Saul"
Lessons in True Christianity
Part 1

Inspired by the Book "A Tale of Three Kings" By Gene Edwards
MF Blume
June 20, 1999 am

1Sam 16:11-13  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all [thy] children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he [was] ruddy, [and] withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this [is] he.  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

David was anointed to be king over Israel. Davidís brothers went to war against the Philistines, and David became an errand boy to them. But this king was insane. David had learned to play the harp and write songs in glory to God while in the fields keeping sheep. But David began to garner popularity with the people, and Saul became Jealous.
1Sam 18:5-9  And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, [and] behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saulís servants.  And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.  And the women answered [one another] as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.  And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed [but] thousands: and [what] can he have more but the kingdom?  And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
Saul felt threatened that this young man would take his job and be king. But somehow David grabbed hold of a wonderful truth that sets people free from the madness that others in the same situation contract. Saul was the type of king who looked at the kingdom as his own. What a sad thing for people to be in the place where God can use them, but they take upon themselves a personal vendetta, take things into their own hands rather than stand on the scripture, ďVengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. I will repay.Ē Since Saul was king he had the power to push David around. Saul was Godís authority. When Saul began to throw spears at David, notice how David reacted. Those who are good at arguing have argued a lot. David became a man who refused to learn how to throw spears well. In order to do that, David would act as though nothing happened after the spear was thrown at him. People have spears thrown at them today. David did not want to learn how to react back and throw spears back. And even when the spear hits you right in the heart, it never touches you!

It is not your business if another person who even throws spears is one of Godís anointed.

The reason God puts us all under a Saul in our lifetimes, is because there is a Saul in us. Saul wanted David dead. David was almost destroyed through it all. Cancer is treated by taking the body as close to death without killing it in order to kill the cancer. When David did leave it was because Saul forced him to leave. If we cannot leave the situation without telling others and rallying hatred against the Saul, then we will never be Godís anointed.

During the next few years David was chased like an animal by Saulís hunters.

Imagine what the people of Jerusalem thought of him. David never knew those days were the days before he was king. His suffering was giving birth to a king like Israel never had before or since. The ones who were thieves, liars, complainers and fault-finders, hating king Saul with everything in them, and driven from Jerusalem by Saul, ran across David in the desert. David did not rally them together and shout aloud that he too was Saulís enemy. Notice these next few words:
1Sam 24:5-7  And it came to pass afterward, that Davidís heart smote him, because he had cut off Saulís skirt. And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORDíS anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he [is] the anointed of the LORD.  So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on [his] way.
David stayed his servants. Why did Saul first attack David? Hold on, David! He led Israel to victories. Saul should have been glad for David that God was with him. But this proves that not everyone used in power of God has a heart right with God. True men and women of God do not force themselves on others and demand that others know what they are actually doing. The HEART of a person is so important. 1Sam 13:13-14  And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee.