“I’m so mad I could…”
This thought came to my mind as I read this Scripture from 1 Samuel.
Saul has no problem openly displaying his jealousy and hatred of David as we’ll soon discover.
We saw this resentment building in the previous lesson when the crowds praised David and belittled Saul.
But, by now the anger comes to a boiling point when Saul contemplates indirect murder.
Let’s read and study this Bible lesson to see how the story unfolds…
David Becomes Saul’s Son-In-Law
“Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand.
Then Saul hurled the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence, twice.
Now Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him but had left Saul.
So Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
David was successful in all his ways, for the Lord was with him.
When Saul saw that he was very successful, he was afraid of him.
But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he would go out to battle and return before them.
Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife, only be a valiant man for me and fight the Lord’s battles. For Saul thought, “My hand shall not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”
But David said to Saul, “Who am I, and who is my family, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be the king’s son-in-law?”
So it came about at the time that Merab, Saul’s daughter, was to be given to David, that she was given instead to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.
David Marries Saul’s Daughter
Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David. When they informed Saul, the thing was pleasing to him.
For Saul thought, “I will give her to him so that she may become a trap for him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.”
Therefore Saul said to David, “For a second time you may become my son-in-law, today.”
Then Saul commanded his servants, “Speak to David in secret, saying, ‘Behold, the king delights in you, and all his servants love you; now then, become the king’s son-in-law.’”
So Saul’s servants spoke these words to David.
But David said, “Is it trivial in your sight to become the king’s son-in-law, since I am only a poor man and insignificant?”
Then Saul’s servants reported to him, saying, “These are the words David spoke.”
Saul then said, “This is what you shall say to David: ‘The king does not desire any dowry except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the king’s enemies.’”
But Saul plotted to have David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
When his servants told David these words, it pleased David to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the time had expired, David set out and went, he and his men, and fatally struck two hundred men among the Philistines.
Then David brought their foreskins, and they presented all two hundred of them to the king, so that he might become the king’s son-in-law.
And Saul gave him his daughter Michal as a wife.
When Saul saw and realized that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him, then Saul was even more afraid of David.
So Saul was David’s enemy continually.
Then the commanders of the Philistines went to battle, and it happened as often as they went out, that David was more successful than all the servants of Saul. So his name was held in high esteem.” – 1 Samuel 18:10-30 NASB
When Jealousy Strikes – Strike Back with Love
One point to take away from this Scripture study is that David remained a humble soul — even when given the “honor” of marrying the king’s daughter.
Somewhat like Mary, David seemed to ponder things in his heart before making rash decisions.
Although he was amazed that a boy from a poor family could become a son to a king, David resisted Saul saying “Who am I?”
Saul, on the other hand flaunts his every success. He shows his true colors by scheming to rid himself of the “popular” David for good.
David Remains Faithful
Even though Saul seizes every opportunity to have David killed by the Philistines, David remains faithful to God — and his king!
In reading between the lines, it seems David could have easily overthrown Saul and taken over the kingdom.
Yes, David had support of the people and most likely the army
— but, this was not God’s plan.
So, the next time you or I are tempted to give in to jealousy, let’s take a moment and ponder these things in our hearts.
First, we need to pray. Then, we should listen to how God wants us to handle the situation.
As humans, we have trouble with the “God first” rule. But, in the end we know that remaining faithful to God is always the best way.
If you have never made the commitment to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16.