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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 1.1-16

2 Samuel 1.1-16
Now it came about after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, that David remained two days in Ziklag. 2 On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn and dust on his head. And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself. 3 Then David said to him, “From where do you come?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” 4 David said to him, “How did things go? Please tell me.” And he said, “The people have fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.” 5 So David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” 6 The young man who told him said, “By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and behold, Saul was leaning on his spear. And behold, the chariots and the horsemen pursued him closely. 7 When he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I said, ‘Here I am.’ 8 He said to me, ‘Who are you?’ And I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’ 9 Then he said to me, ‘Please stand beside me and kill me, for agony has seized me because my life still lingers in me.’ 10 So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown which was on his head and the bracelet which was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.” 11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so also did all the men who were with him. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and for the people of the Lord and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 13 David said to the young man who told him, “Where are you from?” And he answered, “I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite.” 14 Then David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 15 And David called one of the young men and said, “Go, cut him down.” So he struck him and he died. 16 David said to him, “Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

One of my worse memories was when I was at my first church as a student pastor and a young man in our congregation had accidently shot himself.  I can remember like it was yesterday.  My wife and I were planning to go out that night and I was getting ready.  The phone rang and my wife answered.  I could tell when she handed me the phone that something was wrong.  My fellow minister told me the news.  My wife and I rushed to the hospital.  We went into a small room and waited.  A chaplain came in before the family did and shared with us the sad news.  We were crushed and truly saddened when the family came in to hear the news.

King David receives the news of the death of Saul and Jonathan in the most interesting of ways.  David had recently slaughtered the Amalekites, whom God wanted eliminated (1 Samuel 15.3) and who would plague Israel for generations due to Saul’s disobedience (1 Samuel 15.9-11).  So, who shares the news with David?  An Amalekite claimed responsibility for Saul’s death.  This story is fabricated to win over David the new king with killing his enemy.  This man created one big story to get David’s favor.  But David was grieved because even though Saul sought to kill David he still saw him as God’s anointed.  Therefore, David took out one last Amalekite. 

The death of anyone grieves the heart as David shows us.  David’s response gives a glimpse into how he truly as a heart after God’s heart.  God placed Saul into the position of king and David knew it.  It grieved him that Saul was disobedient to God and eventually it ended in his death.  He grieved over his friend Jonathan as well which we will see.  God hates the death of anyone even the wicked.  David also takes God serious as he took care of the Amalekite’s unlike Saul.  David has a heart after God’s heart. 

Weekly Memory Verse: For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12