David Spares Saul
Read: 1 Samuel 18-19; 24
I love a movie where the bad guy gets what is coming to him. Hollywood has made billions of dollars over the years with plots like this, such as The Revenant, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, and even The Lion King to name a few popular flicks. It gives us a sense of vindication (a feeling of justification) that whatever happened to the bad guy was completely right.
In 1 Samuel 18 and 19 we start to see a similar story build up where King Saul gets jealous of David’s success and popularity and tries to kill David not once not twice but three times and had a plan to kill him the day after the third attempt had David not escaped. We flash forward to chapter 24 where Saul is hunting David and he stops to rest in a cave alone. It just so happens that David and his men are hiding in this cave. David has a perfect opportunity to kill Saul. The plot is set and the characters are in place but David, in an incredible act of grace, instead of killing Saul cuts off a piece of the Saul’s robe.
Not quite the Hollywood ending we were expecting right? But there’s something deeper here. David had Saul dead to rights but instead offered grace and ended up making up with Saul (v.16-20)
In most cases we like to think of ourselves as the good guys but in God’s story we’re not the hero….. we’re the villain. Let that sink in.
Romans 5:10 says “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
So in the same way that David had Saul dead to rights, God has us dead to rights because of our sin (we deserve death). But Jesus, in an enormous act of grace, spared our lives by dying on a cross for our sins paying the debt of our sin. As you go about your day give praise and thanks to the hero who gave his life for the villains.