2020 Lent devotion #18 – The blood is on his head
David said to the young man who told him [he had killed Saul], “Where do you come from?” And he answered, “I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite.” David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to put out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” Then David called one of the young men and said, “Go, execute him.” And he struck him down so that he died. And David said to him, “Your blood be on your head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’” (2 Samuel 1:13-16)
Since Saul had been hunting David, the Amalekite probably thought he’d be a hero in David’s eyes for killing the king. No so. David has him executed and declares that this young man got what he deserved, his blood is on his head, for he killed the Lord’s anointed. David felt he was justified in doing this.
David had other opportunities to kill Saul, but never did it. He couldn’t. Saul was God’s anointed king, and one must honor the Lord, even if you didn’t like the person he chose.
I may not like every man or woman who holds an elected office or has a position of authority in my community or country. But I am to respect and be subject to those people since they have been appointed by God and are God’s servants for my good (Romans 13:1-4). I know that statement and that passage of scripture won’t sit well with some who read this. I also know that it wasn’t easy for David either, especially since Saul had often tried to run him through with a sword! But it is God’s instruction to us.
Ultimately, each of us must testify against ourselves, admitting, “I have killed the Lord’s anointed.” Jesus, the Christ, didn’t do anything deserving death. He died because of my sin and my guilt. It’s my fault. Yet Jesus took all the blame. And that’s why I honor him, submit to him, and am subject to those he’s placed in authority over me.
Thank you, Lord, for your servants in authority, who watch over me. Amen.