David and the Kingly Line of the Messiah – Attitudes to the King

Peter Barnes | 1 Samuel 18:1-16

Attitudes to the King
1 Samuel 18:1-16; Matthew 20:20-28

– from here on, Saul is increasingly embittered towards David.

1. Jonathan’s self-sacrificing love for David.

– 18:1-4; from a worldly perspective, Jonathan had no reason to be friends with David.

– Phil.2:4; this is a result of faith on Jonathan’s part; he accepts that David, not he, will be the next king.

2. The people’s adulation of David.

– 18:5-7, 16; the song became known even to the Philistines in Gath (1 Sam.21:10-11)

– it is ill-advised; unlike Miriam’s song in Exodus 15:1-3, 21 which celebrates God, not the human instrument.

3. Saul’s bitter jealousy of David.

– 18:8-9; Prov.14:30

– F. B. Meyer did not envy Campbell Morgan, and Robert Murray M’Cheyne did not envy William Burns. Jer.45:5

– the slide from anger to morbid suspicion to murderous actions to irrational fear, all because the Lord has left him.

– James 3:13-18