Theme: THE DANGER OF HYPOCRISY
Text: “And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.” – 1 Samuel 24:16.
Comment: King Saul did everything possible to give vent to his grand hypocritical scheme of pretending to love David whereas he had the mind of killing him. He even offered his daughter in marriage to him so as to get him through her. (1 Samuel 18:21) Jonathan, son of Saul, had to use all his powers of persuasion to convince his father not to kill David, following which Saul swore saying “…As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain”. Was it not the height of hypocrisy then, for Saul to renege on his pledge by throwing his javelin at David with the mind of pinning him to the wall? (1 Samuel 19:6-11) Even after David had slipped away, Saul still sent messengers to David’s house to slay him but the wife, Michal, Saul’s daughter, revealed the plot to him following which he escaped through the window. (1 Samuel 19:12-17) Aside from the incident in the text for today, Saul still hid in a cave to catch David unawares; the plan failed but it made David to decide to seek refuge in the land of the Philistines. A true worshipper of God is not one that speaks peace to his neighbor but habours mischief in his heart but one whose yes is yes and no, no. – Psalm 28:3; Matthew 5:37.