Blog Title: King Me
About Me: I am the first king of Israel. I blog because I can.
Intended Audience: Everyone must read my blog by order of the king -me!
(Entries are in descending order with the most recent listed first)
Entry #111: King Saul’s Rule: Never Back Down
I had been tracking David with the intent to kill him and once he was finally within my grasp, I let him go! I tucked my tail between my legs and ran home. I must have gone crazy at some point. For now I will cease any attempts to find and kill David. But I do not consider the matter settled.
Entry #110: King Saul’s Rule: Know the Whereabouts of Your Enemy
I had him! He was in the Desert of En Gedi. I took 3000 men to look for him. Climbing around hillsides like goats, we searched, but it was David who found us! And impossibly he got me to apologize to him:
You are more righteous than I. You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly. You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the LORD delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me. When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today. I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands (1 Samuel 24:17-20 NIV).
Entry #109: King Saul’s Rule: Do Not Rely on Your Soldiers
If you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. The men I sent to kill David were weak. I’m leaving for Ramah to find David and kill him myself.
It is obvious that David is under the Lord’s protection, and yet I continue to pursue him with no success. I’m beginning to question my own sanity.
Entry #108: King Saul’s Rule: Do Not Rely on Your Family
David didn’t accept Merab, but I convinced him to take my other daughter Michal in marriage. Finally David became my son-in-law, but I still have no control. My daughter loves him and the Lord favors him.
Even my son tried to talk me out of killing David. He said David is my servant and innocent! At the time, my son made a strong argument and I agreed to spare David’s life, but I changed my mind. The urge to kill David resurfaced stronger than ever.
Then my daughter betrayed me! She allowed David to escape. He can’t hide from me! I sent men after him. Soon he will be captured and killed.
Entry #107: King Saul’s Rule: Use Whatever Weapons are at Your Disposal
What better weapon than a woman? I decided to offer my oldest daughter, Merab, to David in marriage with the condition that he serve me bravely and fight the Lord’s battles. I figured it was a win-win situation. It got David out of my hair, but I didn’t have to raise a hand to him.
However, once more my plan blew up in my face! Inconceivably, David refused my daughter because he is beneath her! He’s incredibly clever or dumb as an ox! Regardless, I have to get this David situation under control.
Entry #106: King Saul’s Rule: Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer
David has obviously found favor in the Lord. I kept him with me rather than let him return to his family. I thought by keeping him close, I was keeping him under my control, but that plan backfired. He was successful in every mission I assigned. He rose to a high rank within my army. Everywhere I turned men and women were singing his praises. It was time to try a different approach.
I gave David 1000 men and sent him away from me, but this David is invincible with the Lord on his side. He continued to succeed in many battles and won over all of Israel and Judah. Incredibly I must come up with a third plan to neutralize this enemy masquerading as my trusted officer.
Entry #105: King Saul’s Rule: Know Your Enemy
I’m starting to dislike this David fellow. First he beats the giant Goliath. Then he gets the women all riled up dancing and singing: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands” (1 Samuel 18:7 NIV).
They credit David with tens of thousands and me with only thousands? What’s next? King David? I’m going to keep my eye on him.