Mourning for an Enemy

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 1-3.
The Philistines killed Saul and three of his sons. An Amalekite went to David, hoping to gain favor with the David who had killed many Amalekites, and said that he had come upon Saul while he was dying and since there was no chance that Saul could survive, the Amalekite claimed to have killed Saul (2Samuel 1:1-10). You would think that David would have rejoiced at such news, because Saul had tried to kill David numerous times, but watch what he did instead, “Therefore David took hold of his own clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword” (2Samuel 1:11, 12). Saul hated David, but Saul was the king of Israel, a man whom God had made leader of the nation, although Saul had become arrogant, jealous, and rebellious. Therefore, David never attacked Saul and rebuked anyone who even thought of doing so. What do you think David did to the man who claimed to have killed Saul? Read the story and see.
Be very careful with what you do toward any leader, whether in the nation, in the church, or wherever, for although that person might be wicked, he has been put there by God.

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