When The King Played The Fool

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬ [21] Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly. [25] Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.

It has taken me two days to absorb these verses. Is there a turn around indeed in Saul’s attitude to David? Would this be considered as repentance? Elliot’s Commentary For The English Reader captures my feelings, ” There seems something more in these words of Saul than sorrow for the past. He seems to blame himself here ”. Wouldn’t this be another trap for David if he returned to court? Elliot continues by observing that Saul: ” reproaches himself with the unguarded state of his camp, but he pledges himself to do no harm to David for the future. He even begs that he will return to his court. But in these words, and also in his blessing of David (1Samuel 26:25), there is a ring of falseness; and this was evidently the impression made on the outlaw, for he not only silently declined the royal overtures, but almost immediately removed from the dominions of Saul altogether, feeling that for him and his there was no longer any hope of security in the land of Israel so long as his foe, King Saul, lived”. They never met again until Saul died. He lost an opportunity to transition. Its a mark of great leadership not to play the fool but to transition well. Even fools in Shakespearean plays had opportunities to make a point. Saul lost the opportunity. Don’t loose yours. Subject your feelings unto God.

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