Bible In One Year-Day 114 (Thursday, April 24, 2014)
This 2nd Samuel is about the reign of David; 1st over Judah and then over the entire nation of Israel. Though Saul was dead, yet David was not pleased with it. The news of Saul’s death came to David by a man who unconsciously had covenant with death. This young man was an Amalekite but was in Saul’s camp. The Amalekites had wronged David in the first place without this man’s knowledge. If he had stayed in his country, he might probably have been killed because David had just returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites. While he was in Saul’s camp, he narrowly escaped death and fled to David, carrying Saul’s crown and royal bracelets. He probably had removed the king’s crown and bracelets after the king’s death, before the Philistines got there the following morning to cut off Saul’s head. Unfortunately, the exaggeration of the young man killed him. He thought of how to join David’s camp. His tactics was to exaggerate Saul’s death just to gain favor from David, knowing that Saul was David’s arch enemy that never gave him rest all along. This is where we need to be very careful in exaggerating things. Many preach the message of God exaggeratingly. Some even attribute miracles that never happened in their ministry to themselves, all for the purpose of gaining favor and acceptability from the hearers. There is death behind the pulpit, beloved. When you sugarcoat the word of God, it loses its power, relevance and becomes ineffective. Spiritual plagiarism can lead to serious demonic attack and, probably, death. Spiritual plagiarism killed this young man. In everything we do, let us be moderate and honest. A man of dignity knows when to talk and when not talk; Job 29:10 “The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.” The Psalmist warned, Psalms 34:13 “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.”
He knew that his tongue could kill untimely. A controlled tongue gives a peaceful living, Proverbs 21:23 “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.”
Exaggeration is a disease of the tongue and if not cured through deliverance, it will result in serious catastrophe. Lying spirit manifests by exaggerating issues. Taking the prophecy of another man of God and attributing to yourself is spiritual plagiarism. Whoever dies through assassination by his own tongue has his own blood on his own head and not on the head of the killer, it is the law;
2 Samuel 1:16 “And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD’S anointed.”
This man was not the one that killed Saul but because he wanted favor from David, he exaggerated what he probably witnessed. It is quite unfortunate that this young man’s tongue sentenced him to untimely death without anyone being held accountable for it. He has a case to answer before God on the last day. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. As at the time this man ran to David, his tongue had no life but death. What do you use your tongue for? Do you destroy or build? We have many like this young man behind pulpits, offices and all over the places. Their messages center on other men of God, killing them before their congregation just because of rumors which they hear. Should you take joy in the fall of any Christian? David taught a song after Saul’s death;
2 Samuel 1:19-20 “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.”
David asked the young man “are you not afraid to destroy the Lord’s anointed? (Paraphrased)” The same question goes out to you. The admonition of the Bible to us is in Galatians 6:1 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
Yes, just as Saul did destroy himself, it was not for the mouth of David to proclaim. David said publish it not in the street of Ashkelon. Our ability to stand where we are now isn’t within our doing but HIS GRACE. The best way to appreciate such grace is to maintain humility.
James 4:6 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.”
If we actually face our own calling we will realize that we have no much time to complete the task God has given us talk less of seeking to redress other peoples’ ministries. We are actually less busy if we have the time to put our ears down waiting for bad news from another ministry or person. That is not a mark of being better off, but of lost vision and purpose. If David had tampered with Saul’s life, God knows what would have happened. The piece he removed from Saul’s garment took PEACE away from him for a moment. But you see, David is very good in quickly amending any broken relationship with God; that is what he cherished most. This should be evident in a spirit filled Christian as well. You can’t afford to lose this very important relationship. It’s like cutting power supply to a building; everything in that house will lose its relevance and the food will soon get decayed. Without the Spirit of God one would definitely misinterpret His word stored up in the brain. May God help our ignorance. One could obtain promotion through the spirit of exaggeration or any contrary spirit, but the end of it is not too good.
Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
This passage simply reveals to us that what we call promotion or testimony a times is actually a path of death; especially if obtained through untamed tongue and wicked heart or motive. Haman followed this path but ended up in his own gallows.
Esther 6:4 “And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.” (also Est7:9-10)
David was a sinner but the fear of God curtailed his excesses. We all need to cry to God to purge our tongues with His fire. Our next reading for today is 2Sam4-6. Keep the fire burning and alive.
1 Peter 3:10 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:”
James 1:26 “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”
Proverbs 15:2 “The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”
Proverbs 12:19 “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”
Proverbs 21:6 “The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.”