You Lie, You Die

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 1-2; Luke 14:1-24

Compulsive Liar

“How do you know,” David asked the young man who brought the news, “that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”

The young man who brought the news replied, “I just happened to be on Mount Gilboa and Saul was there, leaning on his spear, with chariots and horsemen closing in on him. He turned around and saw me, then he called to me. ‘Yes, sir,’ I answered. ‘Who are you?’ he asked, and I told him, ‘I’m an Amalekite.’ He said to me, ‘Please come over here and kill me, because convulsions have come over me but I’m still alive.’[a] 10 So I went over to him and killed him, because I knew he couldn’t survive after being wounded like that. I took the crown that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm, and I’ve brought them here to you, my master.”

11 Then David grabbed his clothes and ripped them—and all his soldiers did the same. 12 They mourned and cried and fasted until evening for Saul, his son Jonathan, the Lord’s army, and the whole house of Israel, because they had died by the sword.

13 “Where are you from?” David asked the young man who brought him the news.

“I’m the son of an immigrant,” he answered. “An Amalekite.”

14 Then David said to him, “How is it that you weren’t afraid to raise your hand and destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 15 Then David called for one of the young servants. “Come here!” he said. “Strike him down!” So the servant struck the Amalekite down, and he died.

16 “Your blood is on your own head,” David said to the Amalekite, “because your own mouth testified against you when you admitted, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’” (2 Samuel 1:5-16, Common English Bible)

The television character House, on the television show by the same name said, “Everybody lies and Everybody pays a price.”  It is essentially a true statement. But, in my limited knowledge of House, he seems pretty cynical to me. First of all, I am not convinced that everybody lies. That being said, I am convinced that everybody who does lie pays a price for it.

In today’s lesson from 2 Samuel we see David, for the first time, as King of Israel. No, he has yet to be crowned but, the people will quickly make it clear that David is King. The people of Israel could make the age old chant, “Long live the King!”

David becomig king was not the problem in this story. The problem is a young man who wants to build himself up in the eyes of the king so he tells a lie, not knowing he would die for the effort. David, unknowingly kills the young man because he believes, by what the young man said, the young man himself, killed King Saul, the Lord’s annointed.

Much of the scriptures that end 1 Samuel feature David hiding from Saul. But, though Saul trys to kill David, David never really raises a hand in anger at Saul. Why? Saul was the Lord’s annointed, and that annointing was something David believed he should respect.

One more thought occured to me as I was writing. The young man disrespects Saul, Jonathan (who he also found dead), David, and the actual crown of Israel, the office of the king.

The young man learned an eternal lesson. You lie, you die. In reality our in our society you don’t really have to worry about losing your head as it were just because you lie. But, the lie can ruin a profession, and it can ruin relationships. When we lose our profession and our relationships, we may be physically alive, but we lose our life as we know it.

I pray for all of us that our nose won’t start growing and we learn the tough lesson, the truth, as the old saying goes, will set you free.

Have a great day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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