KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 21:14 ” And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land”.
King David after delivering seven sons of Saul to be hanged by the Gibeonites, went for the bones of Saul and Jonathan to be reburied. The bible added that “And after that, God was entreated for the land”. This means the famine stopped.
David had covenanted with Jonathan to be kind to him whether in life or death. It was wrong for the people of Jabeshgilead to bury Saul and Jonathan. David had to fulfill his part of the covenant with Jonathan by going for their bones and reburying them at the country of Benjamin. It was only after this that God was entreated of them.
In our previous study I said covenants, agreements or vows should not be treated lightly. Some people give their word of promise, yet deep down in their hearts they don’t in anyway intend to honour their promise or vows. Numbers 30:2 “If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth”. Deuteronomy 23:21 says it shall be a sin to them if you fail to honour your vow. Once again let’s be reminded that God says whatever you do to your neighbour you do it unto him. Don’t say what you don’t mean. If you do so you are playing the role of the devil. Honour your vows, promises, agreements and covenants. Many people are suffering in all kinds of ways because of this kind of unfaithfulness.
In 2nd Sam 21:15, the Israelites fought with the Philistines. In that battle David was nearly slain, it took Abishai to save him. The Israelites decided that he should no more go to war. Why was David nearly slain? As Christians we need to always maintain our spiritual fire. David had not been fighting for some time and so his strength had gone down. Romans 12:11 “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord”; We have to be aglow in the spirit always so nothing would be able to put us down.
The subsequent verses tell us of repeated wars that the Philistines raised against Israel, although they lost in all of them. Satan will never stop attacking the Christian. You must always be battle ready. Never get into the flesh.
Stay in the Spirit. Keep your spiritual armour on every day and keep standing till we meet the Lord.
I am standing strong in the Lord. I feed daily on the word of God; I build my faith strong as I pray in the Holy Ghost. No enemy shall be able to overcome me in Jesus name.
Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.