• Israel Ekundayo

UNRIVALLED RIVALRY

1 Samuel 18:7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

Insight and Highlight

We often create rivalry for ourselves when there is no rival in sight.


Scripture Commentaries

1 Sam 18 begins with love that seemed unending between king Saul and David.

1 Sam 18:1-5 says Saul took David to himself and would not allow him to go to his father's house. Jonathan loved David, Saul set him over the army and David behaved himself, he was loved by Saul and all the people.

So after the conquest of the Philistine, then came the women with their songs of "praise" that Saul had slain his thousands and David had slain his ten thousands.

From that day, a battle line was drawn.


Saul was threatened and he began to see a rivalry that was never in existence or may never have been intended by the women singers.

King Saul said "...They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me, they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? 1 Sam 18:8

From then on Saul hated David. 1 Sam 18:9 says And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

We must never be carried away by "sugar quoted tongues." If you fall to flatterers you will fall for anything.

Be careful, know who you are, and know when you are being flattered.


Remorse corner

Proverbs 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterward shall find more favor than he that flattereth with the tongue.


Call to Word action

Proverbs 29:5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.


The Christian clarion duty

Be careful of the tongue that flatters.

Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.


Prayers

Deliver me, O Lord, from the scourge of the tongue, in Jesus name.


Good morning all and have a blessed day today.


God bless you.




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