“Saul’s Anger Burned…”
“Saul’s Anger Burned…”
Now, the plan of Jonathan and David is executed.
So David hid in the field; and when the new moon came, the king sat down to eat food.
The king sat on his seat as usual, the seat by the wall;
then Jonathan rose up and Abner sat down by Saul’s side, but David’s place was empty.
Nevertheless Saul did not speak anything that day, for he thought,
“It is an accident, he is not clean, surely he is not clean.”
It came about the next day, the second day of the new moon, that David’s place was empty;
so Saul said to Jonathan his son,
“Why has the son of Jesse not come to the meal, either yesterday or today?”
Jonathan then answered Saul, “David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem,
for he said, ‘Please let me go, since our family has a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to attend. And now, if I have found favor in your sight, please let me get away that I may see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table.”
Then Saul’s anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him,
“You son of a perverse, rebellious woman!
Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame
and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness?
“For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Therefore now, send and bring him to me, for he must surely die.”
But Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him,
“Why should he be put to death? What has he done?”
Then Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him down;
so Jonathan knew that his father had decided to put David to death.
Then Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did not eat food on the second day of the new moon, for he was grieved over David because his father had dishonored him.
Jonathan now understood.
David had been correct.
Saul wanted David dead.
Saul was so mad that he “burned against Jonathan”.
He blasphemed his wife.
He knew that Jonathan had chosen David.
Saul considered this to be to Jonathan’s “shame”.
Saul knew the truth.
As long as David was alive, Jonathan’s kingdom would not be established.
Saul also knew that Jonathan did not care, that he had chosen David.
Jonathan had chosen the servant of God…the already-anointed King God…rather than the kingdom of man…his father’s kingdom.
When Jonathan tried to reason with Saul as to why David deserved death Saul tried to spear Jonathan.
Sorta funny…the Word says “so Jonathan knew that his father had decided to put David to death.”
Well, ya rec’k’n?
If Saul was willing to kill Jonathan…
Then there was no doubt he would kill David.
Jonathan as enraged.
He left the table.
But, did you notice?
Jonathan was grieved over David because Saul dishonored David.
He was not grieved over his father.
The Spirit of the Lord had left Saul.
The Spirit of the Lord was with David.
Thus the fruit thereof…