Blinded      1 Sam.22:6-17 HCSB     Aug. 07, 2016

 

Introduction

I think sometimes the power of an office goes to a person’s head.  Saul let jealousy control him and he

 expected his servants to obey him.   He was interested in killing David because of his obvious success.  Saul

allowed himself to be Blinded by the blessings of God upon David.

 

1.    Saul is . . Blinded and David is Pursued by Saul.   1 Sam. 22:6-10                 

A.   Saul Blindly Accused His Servants as He . . Pursued David.   22:6-8

6 Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. At that time Saul was in Gibeah, sitting under the tamarisk tree at the high place. His spear was in his hand, and all his servants were standing around him.

7 Saul said to his servants, "Listen, men of Benjamin: Is Jesse's son going to give all of you fields and vineyards? Do you think he'll make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?

8 That's why all of you have conspired against me! Nobody tells me when my own son makes a covenant with Jesse's son. None of you cares about me or tells me that my son has stirred up my own servant to wait in ambush for me, as is the case today."              

 

B.    Saul Is Blinded but Listened As His Servants . . Pleaded for David.   22:6-8

9 Then Doeg the Edomite, who was in charge of Saul's servants, answered: "I saw Jesse's son come to Ahimelech son of Ahitub at Nob.

10 Ahimelech inquired of the Lord for him and gave him provisions. He also gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine."

 

Because Saul was jealous of the success David had in almost everyone of his endeavors he was Blinded to

the truth about his actions.  He thought David was against him and that several of his solders were agreeing with David.  The truth when discovered reveals just the opposite.  If David wanted to get these man on his side and against Saul it probably could have happened, but that was not David’s plan.  David was a faithful solder and wanted to be helpful to the king and the nation of Israel.   The people helping David did not intend to make plans to overthrow the king.  Jealousy has caused blindness for the king and he does not realize it.

 

2.    Saul Blinded and Makes A  . . Base of False Guilt by Association.   1 Sam. 22:11-15

A.   Saul . . Summons Ahimelech the Priest.   1 Sam. 22"11

11 The king sent messengers to summon Ahimelech the priest, son of Ahitub, and his father's whole family, who were priests in Nob. All of them came to the king.

12 Then Saul said, "Listen, son of Ahitub!" "I'm at your service, my lord," he said.

13 Saul asked him, "Why did you and Jesse's son conspire against me? You gave him bread and a sword

and inquired of God for him, so he could rise up against me and wait in ambush, as is the case today."

 

B.    Ahimelech . . Suggest a Defense for David and Himself.    1 Sam. 22"14-15              

14 Ahimelech replied to the king: "Who among all your servants is as faithful as David? He is the king's son‑in‑law, captain of your bodyguard, and honored in your house.

15 Was today the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Please don't let the king make an

accusation against your servant or any of my father's household, for your servant didn't have any idea about

all this."                     

 


Saul requested that Ahimelech come to him and answer his accusations.  As he stood before the King he could not believe Saul could make the accusations he was making.   Ahimelech could cite several reasons for believing David was not guilty of the King’s accusations.   He believed that David was a faithful servant of Saul and that he was about the King’s business.  He, as well as most of Israel, considered him to be an honorable servant.  Therefore under these circumstances he said it was only right to inquire of God for him, as I would do for you or anyone.  He knew nothing about any differences between David and the king or that he was fleeing from the king.  Saul accused Ahimelech of having information about David and his son that were not true and that Saul interpreted some happenings wrongly and assumed David was intent upon killing him.  He also accused these men of being helpful to David so he would be more successful.  Saul thought David had waited in ambush to do him harm.  Ahimelech defended David as a faithful and successful officer in Saul’s army.       

3.    Saul . . Believes He Can Take Desperate Measures.   1 Sam. 22:16-17                            

A.   Saul . . Orders The Guards to Shoot the Priest.   1 Sam. 16-17a

16 But the king said, "You will die, Ahimelech—you and your father's whole family!"

17 Then the king ordered the guards standing by him, "Turn and kill the priests of the Lord because they

sided with David. For they knew he was fleeing, but they didn't tell me.. . . "

 

B.    The Guards Refuse to . . Obey the Orders.   1 Sam. 17b

“. . . But the king's servants would not lift a hand to execute the priests of the Lord.   HCSB

 

Saul was not convinced of the priests innocense and ordered his solders to kill them.  He accused them

of siding with David against him.  In a lack of support of the king the solders refused to shoot the priests.  Sadly

a little later the king said to Doeg, (the chief overseer of Saul's flocks)(1 Sam 21:7). "You turn and kill the priests!" and Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, killing eighty-five of them.  That is a very sad story and shows how horrible someone Blinded by Jealousy can act.   Amen?  Amen!   (To check for a more detailed outline.  Go to:  http://www.preachhim.org/SundaySchoolIndex.html)