2 Samuel 1:1-16 (Part 1) – Like A Rookie Coming into Training Camp…

Posted: May 1, 2018 in 10-2 Samuel
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2 Samuel 1:1-16 (Part 1 of 3)
David Learns of Saul’s Death

Yesterday, I told my senior pastor that whatever choices he makes I am subject to them and trust his judgment since I am the rookie on the pastoral team. Sure, there are dreams that I have to fully flesh the “pastor” part of my title at church. There are so many things that I want to be a part of, to lead, to be able to show what I got and that I am more than just a finance guy, that I really am a pastor and that I can be all that the title entails. However, the timeliness of the conclusion of my study of 1 Samuel and the beginning of my study of 2 Samuel is not lost on me.

When you wrap up 1 Samuel and begin 2 Samuel, you mostly want to reflect on David’s patience and loyalty. David was a patient man in these years. He lived in the wilderness. Subsisted off of whatever was available along with his elite fighting force. Even though Saul was trying to kill, David was loyal to his king. He had at least two opportunities to kill him but did not. Even in his direct confrontations with Saul, he begs the king to relent so that David could serve his king. David knew that through Samuel, God had anointed Saul as king and it was not his place to be anything but loyal to him and to preserve Saul’s life whenever he could.

There is a lesson in humility that the conclusion of one book and the beginning of another has brought to my heart. Although I have done nothing to suggest that I want to short-circuit the leadership of my senior pastor, it is a reminder that whatever choices that he makes as what he allows me to do and not do in my development as pastor is because he is God’s anointed leader over my life. He has been the pastor of Calvary for 23 years now (since God founded the church through him). I am like a rookie draft pick coming into camp to start playing professional football. A rookie may have all the talent in the world but if he does not submit to the leadership of the team – the coaches and the older players, he will not succeed. A rookie football player on a professional football team has so much to learn about the game and how being a full-time professional player is way different from being a college player. So, God has reminded me that whatever choices that my senior pastor makes about me, I trust that he has a plan for my development. I trust that God has placed him over me for a reason and that I can learn so much from him. If he says wait, I must wait. If he allows me to do more and more, it is because he thinks that I am ready. I must trust God with the pace of my development as a pastor and that my senior pastor is the one whom God has anointed to be over me. I must respect and honor him with the pace and simply trust and pray that through God’s anointing that he will grow me and round me out as a pastor.

That’s the first thing that I thought of this morning as I read through this passage, 2 Samuel 1:1-16, and began to write this, the first of three blogs on this passage. That idea being that I must trust and honor the wishes of those who God has placed in authority over me and follow that path at the pace that God has for me through my senior pastor. His wisdom about being a pastor is far, far greater than mine and God has allowed him to stay at this time for 23 years. I gotta trust that. Wouldn’t you? Sometimes, in our self-centered flesh, we think we know better than God and how He plays out the plan for our lives. However, we must trust God with the pace at which He walks us down the path. Let’s read this passage now:

1 After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag. 2 On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s army camp. He had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head to show that he was in mourning. He fell to the ground before David in deep respect.

3 “Where have you come from?” David asked.

“I escaped from the Israelite camp,” the man replied.

4 “What happened?” David demanded. “Tell me how the battle went.”

The man replied, “Our entire army fled from the battle. Many of the men are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”

5 “How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David demanded of the young man.

6 The man answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear with the enemy chariots and charioteers closing in on him. 7 When he turned and saw me, he cried out for me to come to him. ‘How can I help?’ I asked him.

8 “He responded, ‘Who are you?’

“‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.

9 “Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’

10 “So I killed him,” the Amalekite told David, “for I knew he couldn’t live. Then I took his crown and his armband, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.”

11 David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.

13 Then David said to the young man who had brought the news, “Where are you from?”

And he replied, “I am a foreigner, an Amalekite, who lives in your land.”

14 “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?” David asked.

15 Then David said to one of his men, “Kill him!” So the man thrust his sword into the Amalekite and killed him. 16 “You have condemned yourself,” David said, “for you yourself confessed that you killed the Lord’s anointed one.”

In this first passage, we see that David had great faith in God. He waited for God to fulfill his promises. The book of 1 Samuel tells of David’s struggles as he waited to become king of Israel. King Saul became jealous of David because of the people’s praise for David’s many accomplishments. Eventually, Saul’s jealousy became so intense that he tried to kill David. As a result, David was on the run for many years. For many years David hid from Saul in the barren wilderness south and east of Jerusalem and in enemy territory. David may have wondered when God’s promises would come true, but his struggles prepared him for the great responsibilities he would later face as king. However, despite all the animosity Saul held toward David, David still shows in this passage that he was loyal to the man who was king and defended his honor as king.

That’s David’s lesson here. When we are seeking to follow God, we must trust his timing and not our own. Sure, I bet David wanted to jump past all the running and hiding, but he was patient and trusted the Lord that there was a purpose for his time on the run. I am certain that David learned much about governing and about the common people during his time on the run that God wanted him to know when he became king. Similarly, my senior pastor, a great man of God, has a plan and a pace for my development as a pastor. I must trust that. I must honor the pace he has for me. I must trust that he will allow me to do more and more when he thinks that I am ready for such things. I must trust the process. Everything that I see, hear, watch, soak in right now will be useful to me in the future as I mature as a pastor. I must study the process. Subject myself to the process. Honor the process as devised by my senior pastor. Patience is the word of the day. Patience is what has been demonstrated in spades by David.

Amen and Amen.

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