1 Samuel 18:17-30 – Just One Beggar Telling Another Beggar Where We Found Food!

Posted: March 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

1 Samuel 18:17-30
David Marries Saul’s Daughter

David is such a cool dude. I really like him. Though he later would have some flaws that resulted from pride, he was a man after God’s own heart after all. In this passage for today, we see that he had great humility. He was like the most popular political/military figure in all the land but yet he was still humble. He could have parlayed his military prowess and popularity among the people into political capital that would have positioned him nicely toward the throne. However, he remained and remembered that he was a humble shepherd from Bethlehem. He was a small town boy from a small farm and his family had no great wealth. They were humble farmers and sheepherders that were just getting by like most people in rural Israel. Although he was a famous political and military figure in Israel, he never forgot where he came from.

That got me to thinking again about this concept of being a celebrity of sorts when you become a pastor. We can never let our position and the celebrity that it can bring (even if it is just within our own church) become greater than our remembrance of who we are. My former senior pastor, Jeff Hickman, once said that pastors are just “one beggar telling another beggar where they found food!” That is a good point to remember. It is so easy to get caught up in the ego massage of being a pastor. People will seek you out and befriend you because they think by being friends with a pastor that they have scored points with God. They will be friends with you sometimes so that they can point out to others that they are close with one of the pastors of the church. It can become a point of pride for them. I have seen it happen over the years. The thing that you have to remember as a pastor that your popularity within your flock is not because of you but because of your position. The bigger thing that we have to keep in mind is that we are no better than the people we lead just because we have the title of pastor.

Sure, we devote our lives full-time to the pursuit of things related to the kingdom. Sure, we probably many of us have gone to school to study God’s Word. Sure, we have felt the call of the Lord to be in full-time ministry. However, when you boil it down, we are no greater than those we lead and we serve a God who is perfect and holy and we are but filthy rags in comparison to him.

With that idea of humility in the face of celebrity, let us read this passage together and see how David displays such an humble attitude in 1 Samuel 18:17-30:

17 One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my older daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be a real warrior by fighting the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “I’ll send him out against the Philistines and let them kill him rather than doing it myself.”

18 “Who am I, and what is my family in Israel that I should be the king’s son-in-law?” David exclaimed. “My father’s family is nothing!” 19 So[a] when the time came for Saul to give his daughter Merab in marriage to David, he gave her instead to Adriel, a man from Meholah.

20 In the meantime, Saul’s daughter Michal had fallen in love with David, and Saul was delighted when he heard about it. 21 “Here’s another chance to see him killed by the Philistines!” Saul said to himself. But to David he said, “Today you have a second chance to become my son-in-law!”

22 Then Saul told his men to say to David, “The king really likes you, and so do we. Why don’t you accept the king’s offer and become his son-in-law?”

23 When Saul’s men said these things to David, he replied, “How can a poor man from a humble family afford the bride price for the daughter of a king?”

24 When Saul’s men reported this back to the king, 25 he told them, “Tell David that all I want for the bride price is 100 Philistine foreskins! Vengeance on my enemies is all I really want.” But what Saul had in mind was that David would be killed in the fight.

26 David was delighted to accept the offer. Before the time limit expired, 27 he and his men went out and killed 200 Philistines. Then David fulfilled the king’s requirement by presenting all their foreskins to him. So Saul gave his daughter Michal to David to be his wife.

28 When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and how much his daughter Michal loved him, 29 Saul became even more afraid of him, and he remained David’s enemy for the rest of his life.

30 Every time the commanders of the Philistines attacked, David was more successful against them than all the rest of Saul’s officers. So David’s name became very famous.

Here in this passage, we see David’s humility on display. Although he knew or most likely knew that he could have easily overthrown Saul as king due to his national popularity and because of his respect and power within the armies of Saul. However, David was an humble servant even of a man whom he had to know was insanely jealous of him. David knew, it seems, that his position and his popularity was all due to the grace and glory of God. He saw himself as just God’s servant in the right place at the right time. He trusted God to guide his steps and not to trust his own fleshly desires. He did not try to grab the throne in his own power. He did not try to cash in on his celebrity.

Let us be reminded always that we are, as pastors, just one beggar telling other beggars where to find food. We are not any more special than the people we lead. We do not have the corner on the market of spirituality and closeness with God. By rights, we are just condemned sinners like all other believers who have been set free by the grace of Jesus Christ on the cross. We are just men are sinners, saved by grace, who have been called to do God’s work full time. We are nothing special. We are not celebrities. We should deflect any praise given us to the King of Kings. We should realize that the only difference between us and those that we lead is the fact that our office is at the church. We do not have the corner on the market of being in tune with God’s will. We struggle just like every other believer. We are just ones that God has called to do his work full-time and we are not comfortable doing anything else. May we always have the humility as pastors that David demonstrates in this passage.

We are just servants of the King. We are just beggars telling other beggars where we found food.

Amen and Amen.

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