1 Samuel 24:5-7 (KJV)
5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. 6 And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord. 7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
(Maintain a good conscience)
This scenario we have here is quite interesting and indeed a great lesson for us living at the close of the age ; One may wonder ,Why is it that most of the prophetic material in the Old Testament were stories? It was simply because God has somehow chosen storytelling as a major way of communicating his truth to us about how he moves in a situation, what the people did and got it right and wrong.
David killed Goliath the philistine’s champion and it was monumental in Israel. The ovation was loud but the victory was greeted with mixed reactions .On one side ,there was elation and on the other side , it provoked hatred and jealousy which eventually made Saul the king of the land to go after David all the remaining days of his reign .
for David, killing Goliath was once an opportunity to embrace but when the dust settled and he saw the trouble that attached itself to that exploit like having to be on his toes all the time because the king of the land with all his military might was chasing hot on his heels, if he had the opportunity to kill Goliath again I think he will have a rethink! It was reported that Saul attempted killing David 32 times but failed.
In this story, Saul was hot on David’s heel as usual, he left the political affairs of the nation to chase after David across many rivers, and landscape and in one of such chases, he became tired and retired into a cave to rest but unknown to him, David incidentally was within close proximity !
When David’s men realized Saul had wandered into their zone and was within close proximity begging to be taken, they said to David, this is your day! At last God has delivered your enemy into your hand, you are now out about to walk in the light of your prophecy, go in for the kill! They were preaching to him the 21st century a-vengeful gospel that permeates our religious landscape sadly today the gospel of ‘an eye for an eye “which at close scrutiny is not in our syllabus in that our master, the captain of our salvation –Jesus Christ didn’t give us that.
The way some people functions in leadership, they are not really leading they are rather following . They have determined they will lead in a way that has the approval of those behind and if all you do is leading in a way that everyone behind is saying lead , in reality it is the people behind that are actually leading the one in front .The crowd is behind , but leading the leader .so sad .
Why do I say this? When David’s closest commanders said to him … ‘take this man out completely , this is the moment , this is the will of God , your hour has come , what had been chasing you is now within your reach now ,yet he was able to say no to the crowd and lead them differently . If he was one of those crowd following leaders, the result would have been different. He would have gone for the kill on this occasion and be utterly misled by the crowd.
Take a look at your style of leadership now, are you a leading leader or a following leader? Are you in front but the people actually leading are pulling the strings are those behind you? Now you can see why you got into so many troubles.
When David faced Goliath, David ran to meet him:
1 Samuel 17:48 (KJV)
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
The same David avoided Saul when he began his mad chase after him and when Saul did everything in the book to make David turn to face him; he avoided him and here in this account when his men urged him to go for Saul’s jugular while he laid down sleeping, he avoided it and dealt with it in a different way .He dealt with the issue in a way that it passed a lesson across to his men concerning the anointed of the Lord from that day henceforth .
You may be reading this piece at a time someone is urging you to pick up a battle with an anointed servant or child of God somewhere , Please when men urged you to face the anointed, when your wife, husband, family members, church members or even pastors urged you to face the anointed ,please politely decline.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
When the irreverence urge you to attack the reverence please don’t !
For David, It was on this day an opportunity to embrace! David had justifiable reasons to finish off Saul who had been on his case and was becoming a monkey at his back, Here was a chance for David to get the Micky off his back but he obliged. When his men urged him to go outright for the kill, What David did was to get close to the wearied ,deeply sleeping and heavily snoring king and cut off the skirt of his garment with a dagger.
1 Samuel 24 Verse 4…. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.
Samuel 24:5-7 (KJV)
5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. 6 And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord
When David did that, he was conscience stricken. What a conscience! we need the kind of conscience that is so sensitive like that when dealing with the Lord’s anointed in the 21st century .We must get to where our conscience pricked us even when we do the slightest hurt to one another .
The Bible says be tender to one another .
Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
When we do such thing like David did, we should be conscience stricken …How could I have cut my brother’s coat off? How could I have cut my sister’s coat off? How could I have cut my pastor’s coat off? What David did was so little compared to cutting off Saul’s hand or head ; he took a piece of his skirt and cut it off .It was so insignificant yet it was enough to prick his heart .
In our own context, how does what David did ( t cutting off of Saul ‘s garment ) applies to us ? When do we cut off the skirt of the anointed? We do it in the 21st century through GOSSIPS!
Samuel 24:5-7 (KJV)
5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.
Gossip is like a scissors that come and cut things off people! It may looked like it is was insignificant , it may not look big, or offensive, you may say it nicely and might have even forgotten it but you have cut something off people !!
You might say …,’ no I am not doing any harm, but you are trying to make them look stupid whilst everyone says this person is great, you said no, bla. Bla Bla. He or she shouldn’t in my opinion and before you know where you are, you have cut something off them even though it looked insignificant…
You know those passive, sarcastic and acidic compliments we passed about people which may appear little and insignificant but it has cut something off people’s lives. We all have been guilty of this, it is a case of all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
We live in a generation where some have the penchant for cutting off the skirts of the anointed without their heart pricking them, you see people loud mouthing and talking with reckless abandon when it comes to a child of God or directly about an anointed servant of God
When David did what he did he quickly retracted, he said to his commanders.
In Verse. 6 …And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord…
Look at what David said. The Lord forbid that I should do such thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed…
What an attitude! What a spirit, what a mentality!
Maintain a good conscience in a generation whose conscience have been seared with hot iron.
It takes a good conscience to avoid a faith accident known as shipwreck
1 Timothy 1:19 (KJV)
19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
Let us continue tomorrow.