“Mourning, Weeping, Fasting”
“Mourning, Weeping, Fasting”
The biblical book of 1 Samuel ends with Saul and his sons death and burial.
A sad ending to what could have been…
We press on…remembering that we are doing a cursory examination of David.
2 Samuel begins with David receiving the news of what had happened.
Watch how they learned of the outcome of the battle.
Watch David’s reaction.
Watch how David remained faithful to the Lord’s anointed to the end.
Watch what happens when someone seeks to ingratiate themselves to the king.
Now it came about after the death of Saul,
when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites,
that David remained two days in Ziklag.
On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul,
with his clothes torn and dust on his head.
And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself.
Then David said to him, “From where do you come?”
And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.”
David said to him, “How did things go? Please tell me.”
And he said, “The people have fled from the battle,
and also many of the people have fallen and are dead;
and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.”
So David said to the young man who told him,
“How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
The young man who told him said,
“By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and behold, Saul was leaning on his spear.
And behold, the chariots and the horsemen pursued him closely.
“When he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I said, ‘Here I am.’
“He said to me, ‘Who are you?’ And I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’
“Then he said to me, ‘Please stand beside me and kill me,
for agony has seized me because my life still lingers in me.’
“So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown which was on his head and the bracelet which was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”
Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them,
and so also did all the men who were with him.
They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and for the people of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
David said to the young man who told him, “Where are you from?”
And he answered, “I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite.”
Then David said to him,
“How is it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the LORD’S anointed?”
And David called one of the young men and said, “Go, cut him down.”
So he struck him and he died.
David said to him,“Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the LORD’S anointed.’”
David and all his men mourned, wept and fasted because of the death of Saul and Jonathan.
Saul the King.
Saul who had pursued them.
Saul who had sought their death.
Yet, they mourned.
Because he was the anointed of the Lord.
Why did David kill the messenger?
The messenger’s blood was upon his own head.
He testified that he had killed Saul…though that was a lie.
He thought that he was bringing good new to the new king…he literally brought Saul’s crown and bracelet.
He thought he would be well received as the one who would “crown the king”>
He was wrong.
A couple of things:
- Do not touch the anointed of the Lord. Allow the Lord to handle things in His time.
- Do not ingratiate yourself…through truth or life. Allow the Lord to raise you up.