Wednesday, April 17, 2024


 But I tell you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.
Matthew 5:44 CSB

This week we've been reading in 2 Samuel. We began the book by seeing David's response to the death of Saul and his sons. We know that David and Jonathan, Saul's son, had a close friendship. Jonathan helped David escape Saul attempt on his life on several occasions. So, of course, David mourned the death of his dear friend. However, the Bible tells us that David mourned both Saul and Jonathan.

Then David took hold of his clothes and tore
them, and all the men with him did the same.
They mourned, wept, and fasted until the
evening for those who died by the sword—for
Saul, his son Jonathan, the Lord’
people, and the house of Israel.
2 Samuel 1:11 CSB

Saul tried to kill David multiple times. He was jealous of David and wanted to end his life. Why should David mourn him? No one would have blamed him for feeling relief! In fact, he wouldn't have been blamed for rejoicing. He no longer had to run for his life or hide in caves. He was finally free from the threats of Saul.

Yet, he didn't feel relief and he certainly didn't rejoice. He mourned. He mourned for an enemy who wanted to end his life.

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