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The King is Dead. Long Live the King! (I Samuel 29,30)

August 7, 2012 by Pito

The Philistine generals were rightly suspicious that David and his men would turn against them in a battle with the Israelites.  David had already demonstrated that he would not raise his hand against Saul, the Lord’s anointed. They had Achish, the Philistine king, to send David away. He was too dangerous to have around.

Rebellious men think they have cast His chains asunder by merely sending the Son of David away. Jesus is dangerous to those who refuse to be instructed and to be wise (Psalm 2).  He is also dangerous to the church because, “The Lord will judge His people,” like Saul, who became the enemy of God because he disobeyed the revealed will of God. He let the Amalekite king live and lost the kingdom. He repented, but it was a counterfeit. He swore falsely. I Samuel 15

I Samuel 29 and 30 record a major transition in the life of the nation of Israel. While Saul died, David emerged victorious and rich with plunder. The Egyptian-like prince, Saul, fell in battle while the Israelite prince began to inherit the Promised Land.

Judgment fell on the third day and because judgment came upon the wicked king, the entire nation was, as it were, raised from the dead. The king is dead. Long live the king.  Everything pivoted on the death and resurrection of the king—on the third day.

After David retrieved the goods and families of Israel from the enemy, he returned them, along with other spoils of war, to the cities that he would one day rule over.

David was not acting like a “king of the nations.”  He was establishing his rule by giving, not by taking. Does that remind you of anybody you know?

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32


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