March 5th, 2012
1 Samuel 18:6-30
- David is a huge celebrity after killing Goliath and Saul is jealous.
- Fame is a poisoned chalice. We live in a culture where we lift people up to be able to shoot them down easily. It looks so blissful but countless celebrities say they can’t find their identity in all the glory.
- David is different, he doesn’t get seduced by the fame while Saul is in agony watching people chant David’s name.
- David is not impressed with himself ‘who am I?’
- Saul cares to much about the opinions of people and it amounts to violence in his life.
- Jealousy is what the devil got thrown out of heaven – we are not safe from envy.
- We need to guard our hearts from jealousy as it can trap and poison us.
- Samuel 18:10-11. Saul tries to kill David but David evades him twice.
- Saul thinks David’s got it in for him but David doesn’t take himself too seriously.
- We need to watch our hearts and recognise when we are being envious of good looks, career success etc. The Bible shows that envy can take you down.
How do we respond to envy?
- We try to find ways of tearing the objects of our envy down in order to hoist ourselves up.
- Proverbs 27:4 – There is such a thing as good anger but there is only bad envy.
- Saul uses his daughter to accomplish murder. He’s become a monster and it doesn’t feel pleasant when there is corruption in your bones.
- Jealousy is different to covetousness. Jealousy is where you’re not happy till everyone’s unhappy.
- Esther 5:13 – jealousy prevents you enjoying the good things in your life.
How do you get free from jealousy?
- Getting freedom from jealousy through revenge doesn’t work.
- Saul bid David bring him 100 foreskins. Saul wanted to get rid of David and assumed he would be killed.
- If you try going against someone that God is raising up, you’re doomed. Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him.
- Saul’s problem is with God. He is consumed with being King.
- We’ve all got a kingdom. God sends Davids into our lives – we can try to fight but we are doomed to lose.
- We need to remember grace and thank God for our role in anything, even if that role in in the shade – it is God’s mercy that we be involved at all.
- We need to throw ourselves into the grace of God on our lives. We are treated with such love and are able to sit with Him on the throne.
- Jesus took all of the poison and ugliness out of our lives and took it to the cross so that we can be free.