Theme: THE TRIAL OF OUR FAITH
Text: “Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.” – 1 Samuel 24:11.
Comment: The mistakes of leaders could potentially impact negatively on the faith of the people. However, when leaders or elders err, it is inappropriate to resort to abuses, castigation and the use of derogatory words against our elders. Scriptures say: “You shall give due honour and respect to the elderly, in the fear of God.” (Leviticus 19:32, The Living Bible) St. Paul, speaking to his spiritual son Timothy, admonished; “Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren.” – 1 Timothy 5:1.
This was exactly David’s approach when King Saul out of petty jealousy wanted to kill him. But David being a God-fearing young man who had the opportunity to kill Saul, refrained from shedding blood, instead he entreated King Saul like a father as stated in the text of today. This approach struck the conscience of King Saul. Saul was thus covered in shame, and he confessed his wrong deeds, albeit temporarily; “And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil … For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.” – 1 Samuel 24:17-19.