The ” King ” Is Dead

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭31:3‭-‬4‬ ‭KJV‬‬ [3] And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. [4] Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

What we are about to examine is not Benjamin Dean’s fiction. This happened in Israel. King Saul finally died on Mt Gilboa, but he was dead long before that time. He was just occupying space. The pain is that he witnessed the death of his three sons, including the beautiful Johnathan. That was the battle David could not partake. Perhaps, there would have been a turn around. God was supervising things, David had work to do. In the unfolding drama, Saul told his armour bearer to kill him, but he wouldn’t. You see, there’s an unwritten code between masters and armour bearers. That code does not permit armour bearers to ” kill ” their masters. If that armour bearer had agreed, no matter the circumstance, he would have failed in his duties. Today, unfortunately, ” armour bearers” are the first to scandalize and hurt their masters, and may even turn around to demand blessings. That armour bearer would not. Neither did David, even when Saul threw Javelins at him. How do you respond to your master at times of vulnerability and weakness? Don’t be quick to answer. You need to think about it. If you kill your ” master ”, you won’t live long enough to be a master.

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