TELL IT NOT IN GATH, PUBLISH IT NOT IN ASKELON.
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*TELL IT NOT IN GATH, PUBLISH IT NOT IN.... ASKELON.*
2 Sam 1:20 *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.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
It is to your shame if you publish or rejoice at your brother's fall.
Christians do not gossip, but carnal Christians do.
Christians, born of the blood and sanctified will not lie against another believer, boast over another's Christian's fall before the enemies so that they do not have occasion to rejoice over him/her.
David was King Saul's number one enemy, yet he made one of the most fundamental statements that explains he was truly a man after God’s heart.
At the scene of receiving the news of the death of Saul, he fulfilled the expectation of God of the New Testament believer!
He wept profusely over Jonathan and Saul.
He was not like one who hated his brother while he was alive but began to lament when he was dead. What a common hypocrisy among so-called believers!
Truly, he was not as hostile as Saul was to him, yet he spared to kill him twice.
His lamentation was genuine, pure, heartfelt, and stands as a role model for true chief or lesser mourners.
David showed us what Paul would write in 1 Cor 13:3-8.
Of particular mention is 1 Cor 13:4, 7
*Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth.....*
*Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;..*
Truly, his love for Saul was exceptional. He had been anointed King, and his choice as a replacement for Saul had been pronounced, yet he did not strive for the throne.
The likes of David are rare!
No wonder his treacherous sin against Uriah, though serious, was not considered by God as a ground to remove David from His presence.
No wonder David became a custodian of a perpetual covenant that will never end.
No wonder he became the lineage of Jesus and the only mortal in whose name Jesus' paternity is remembered, though not as a biological one but legal.
No wonder that in David's name and by his standard were other kings measured.
While there are so-called Christians who practice witchcraft, David was a distinguished king who never bowed to any idol
The list is endless.
David, what a heart to take a cue from!
While many so-called Christian work towards bringing others Christians down, David defended Saul, dead or alive
*Call to Word action.*
David respected Saul's anointing and would not allow anyone to despise it. He knew despising Saul's anointing was despising God, 2 Sam 1:14
2 Sam 1:14 *And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Do not allow the enemy to rejoice over your fellow brother/sister.
If you do, it is to your shame!
Lord, let me not rejoice over the fall of a fellow brother/sister, in Jesus name
Good morning all, and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.