MORNING DEW: 10/11/2018
TOPIC: DAVID, THE MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 17:28-30
”Eliab his oldest brother heard him talking to the men. Eliab was angry with David and said, “Why did you come down here? And who did you leave those few sheep with in the wilderness? I know your insolence and wicked intentions. You came down just to see the battle!” “What have I done now?” David asked. “It was just a question, wasn’t it?” Then he turned from him toward another person and asked the same thing. The people replied to him the same way as the first one had.”
DAVID’S BROTHER, ELIAB, RAGED WAR AGAINST HIM
David was going round asking people what would be done to a person who killed Goliath. He wanted to be sure of what the killer of Goliath will receive as a reward. The king himself gave the assurance that he “…will richly reward the man who kills him. He will give his daughter to him and will make his father’s house tax free in Israel.” (1 Samuel 17:25).
To marry princess was an honour because David himself was a king. To make his father’s house tax free was a great gain, at least they would save some money. So David wanted more confirmation.
When Eliab, David’s brother, heard David speaking to the people he started attacking him, giving him names. Words like “insolence” “wicked intentions” did not deserve David.
What was David’s mistake? Nothing!
Only those who bear the heart of God can accept this. David never replied negatively. He only said; “What have I done now!…It was just a question, wasn’t it?
His brother knew that he was angry with a king (David) which was supposed to be vice versa.
Eliab acted proudly. He was arrogant in his choice of words. He was bitter. He was still living in the past, hence his past was worrying him. He was there when Samuel anointed David as king. Eliab was not happy. He wanted to be king instead but God rejected him.
Stop living in the past beloved. What happened ten years ago had already happened, forget it and move on, if not you will get an attack. Stop living in the past and begin to live in the present. Many people in the church have problems with people who offended them yesterday, beloved, that was yesterday and not today.
Eliab should have respected his own brother, a king. For the fact that God’s hand was on him (David), attacking him means attacking God.
Beloved, you don’t touch people after God’s own heart, you will crush. You don’t touch God’s anointed no matter what. You may be innocent, yet don’t attack them.
Respect the anointing no matter the circumstances. Stop comparing yourself to the anointed. Humble yourself and continue with the work you are doing. This is what Eliab refused to understand.
Avoid insulting men of God no matter the case, if not you may begin a battle you cannot finish. Don’t undermine Christian’s leaders no matter their intelligence, stature, complexion, etc. Inside their mouths carry blessings and curses. They can release blessings and curses and you would be consumed.
This was unnecessary insults, and could have been avoided, also avoid unnecessary insults.
Prayer: Sweet Holy Spirit, help me to know how to handle spiritual men and women, in Jesus’ Name!
Rev. John Wundengba