Off the Deep End

Written by Jeremy Sexton | July 9, 2010 | 1 Samuel 19 - 22

This is officially where Saul LOSES HIS MIND.

It’s gone. For realsies this time.

I think one of my favorite parts in the entire reading has to be where David is playing the lyre, doing his things, writing some Psalms or something… then Saul tries to pin him to the wall with a spear. I can imagine him chasing David around, knocking over chairs. This is an ugly scene. It’s so incredibly bizarre! This also marks the last time that David is going to play for Saul when he’s troubled. Clearly, that’s not working out so well for him.

We get to see intense jealousy in these chapters along with a pretty vivid contrast of loyalty from Jonathan and disloyalty from Saul. Saul can’t stomach the fact that David killed Goliath and now is revered by the people. It’s tough to not be jealous when someone does your job better than you. Saul is unable to be proud of David because he cares only about maintaining his power and status.

It’s a vicious cycle, really. Jealous people often aren’t advancers, they’re maintainers. They’re content to do something well enough to keep doing it, but will never take chances, improve or innovate. Because of this, the people around them that are growing and learning and taking risks will continue to advance far beyond them. This creates more jealousy and they tighten their grip even more and on it goes.

Saul should be intensely loyal to David. After all, he did save him from the nation’s biggest threat. Literally.

Instead, his rampant jealousy undoes him completely. Contrast that with Jonathan, who is Saul’s son and next in line for the throne, right? Wrong, David has been appointed the next king. Jonathan has real reason to not be in David’s corner and what does he do? Risk his life to support him.

These are polar opposites. Saul is unreasonably jealous and disloyal. Jonathan is unreasonably loyal.

I wonder where we sit on the scale. Imagine the spectrum. Jonathan on the right, Saul on the left. Lebron James somewhere left of Saul. (Ok, I’m done. I promise. Just had to get one in. But seriously? Seriously?)

There’s one question we all should ask ourselves after reading these chapters. Can our friends, family, coworkers, fellow NCCers say that we are as loyal as Jonathan?