One of the persons, in the Bible, who I have a deep admiration for, is David. We all know the story of how David went from being a shepherd boy to king but many of us missed some of the small details that he went through to get there and even what he did, once he got there. In this post, I want to examine a story that has fascinated me in recent times. This is a story of relentless persecution and a forgiveness and mercy that healed all involved.
Many times when we mention forgiveness, we pull on the analogy of Christ’s forgiveness of our sins, yet there are men who had displayed measures of forgiveness that are truly admirable. The books of Samuel tell the stories of how King Saul persecuted David when he realised the glory of God that shined on David. The books tell of the many instances when Saul does everything in his power to kill David or cause him ill-will. These attempts included:
- Throwing javelins at David while he played the harp to calm the evil spirit that had overtaken Saul.
- Sending David on dangerous missions in the hope that he would be killed.
- Giving David’s wife, his daughter Michal to another man after his threats to David’s life forced David to go on the run.
- Setting out with his soldiers to find and kill David.