Whats on the inside? (I Samuel 24; Ezekiel 3; Psalm 39; I Corinthians 5)

“As the proverb of the ancient says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness.”  I Samuel 24: 13

This morning I was challenged by a familiar story from the life of David when he was on the run from King Saul.  Just as a way of reminder I want to set the context for you.

David has been for some time living in caves and hiding out in the Judean wilderness with a band of soldiers numbering 600.  This group believes David is God’s man for the future of Israel.  However King Saul is being used by the enemy in an attempt to destroy God’s man.

Imagine how hard it must have been for David to live among the caves and in the wilderness away from routine and even relief in his own home?  A reading of Psalm 39 would help you to see even clearer.

Here in I Samuel 24 we see a moment when David could have ended the conflict with Saul.

Everything looks like God is in this:

  • Saul enters the very cave where David is hiding.
  • Saul is left exposed to an easy attach and certain death.
  • David’s mighty men encourage him with, “this is God’s Will.”
  • David almost gives in when he cuts off a corner of Saul’s robe.

But he does not kill Saul.  Question, “What’s on the inside?”

Think it through:

David allows Saul to live.  He follows Saul out of the cave and makes Saul aware of how he (David) has spared his life.  In this moment David shares an amazing observation, “Out of the wicked comes wickedness.”

Truth: “What is on the inside determines how we react on the outside!”

Jesus said, “Thus you will recognize them by their fruits,”  Matthew 7:20

When Saul sees the fruit he becomes, for one of the few times in his journey, remorseful. I Samuel 24:17-19

17 He said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil. 18 And you have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the Lord put me into your hands. 19 For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the Lord reward you with good for what you have done to me this day.

Our needed response:

The challenge for each of us is simple, “Examine our lives from the inside out.”  The cry to God should be simple, “Change my heart oh God and make it like your heart.”  The change in our lives should be apparent, “We will obey God.”

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