• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 5, 2021

Daily Reading: 2 Samuel 1-3

2 Samuel 1:5 "And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?"

The book of 2 Samuel begins where the book of 1 Samuel ended. David is returning from the great victory over the marauders, the Amalekites, that took his wife and children and burned their village. He recovered it all as God had told him he would.

Now, a young Amalekite comes and shows obeisance to David. David asks him, "Who art thou?" He replied, "I'm an Amalekite." And then the man told him that Jonathan was dead, and that Saul was dead. And David asked the question, "How did this happen?" The young man told David that King Saul asked him to slay him, to kill him. Verse 10 says this, "So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord."

This young man must have thought that he was going to curry favor with David, but instead, he incurred David's wrath. You know, this man told a lie. He did not kill King Saul. King Saul was wounded in battle and the Bible says that he fell upon his own sword, taking his own life. This man didn't just tell a fib, he didn't just tell a lie; he told a bold-faced lie. And he paid a very dear price for it. The price was his life.

The Bible says that David rent his clothes and began to mourn. Later that evening he asked the young man, "How wast though not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?" Then David called one of his young men and had him commit capital punishment on the man; and the man died.

You know, this reminds me of a story, actually a teaching. Frankly, it's a doctrine. In Galatians 6:7 the Bible says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." This young man sowed a seed of a lie and he reaped death.

We always reap that which we sow. We always reap later than we sow; and we always reap more than we sow. This young man learned that lesson. Someone said one time that wisdom is learning from other people's experience. So let's learn from this young man and not make the same mistake.

Be careful that we don't speak untruth, half-truth, little white lies, or bold-faced lies. They are all the same. We don't want to reap that harvest. Not of those seeds that are sown!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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