Welcome back everyone. We are now over the half-way point. We are getting ready to move into 2 Samuel tomorrow and very soon we'll be following the life of David as king. I love these two books and I hope you are enjoying this as well.
Today's readings come from 1 Samuel 29-30
Chapter 29:When everything was said and done, the Philistines don't trust David. It doesn't matter how much he has fought along side of them or proven his loyalty to the king, the commanders fear David will turn on them. I'm sure there are many lessons that could be extracted from this point, but the more I think about, the more I can't blame them for refusing to let David go to battle with them. An interesting contrast appears here with the love King Achish has for David and the lack of love Saul has for him. It is supposed to be the other way around.
Two things stick out to me from this chapter. First, David's men want to stone him because their possessions and families have been taken from them. Nowhere in the text does it indicate that it is David's fault, but so often what happens is that the one he in leadership, in charge, gets the blame when things don't go well. They also often get all the credit when things do go well, even though that is probably undeserved as well. Second, the immediate move toward greed by the soldiers who went to fight against the ones who stayed behind. Which one would you have been, like David or the men? I think that is a hard answer because I could easily see myself wanting to punish the ones who didn't go fight. David exemplifies great leadership here by setting the men straight and the Scripture's say that the rule still applied the day in which Samuel was wrote.
Those are some of my observations, what were yours? Btw, this was my 300 blog post since starting last year -- I can't believe I'm stilling doing it.