“Things are going downhill…FAST”

“Things are going downhill…FAST”




                It can be

clearly seen in 1Samuel 21-24, that Saul now has a huge problem with

David.  He has already attempted to kill

him…twice; now he has begun his quest to hunt him down.  David has fled on the advice of his friend

Jonathan and is headed out of the city. 

He stops by Nob and that is where we meet the priest Ahimelech.  While there, David deceives the priest by

implying that he is on a mission for the King. 

He and his men are hungry and are in urgent need of food, so he

petitioned the priest for food.  With no

common bread on hand, the priest gives David the consecrated bread for

food.  While there, he also gives David

the only weapon that is on hand, the sword from Goliath the giant that David

killed.  Unbeknownst to David, an Edomite

by the name of Doeg was there witnessing the whole thing.  Doeg reports back to Saul all that had

happened at Nob, causing Saul to summon Ahimelech the priest.  In I Samuel 22.6, Saul does the unthinkable

and orders the death of Ahimelech and all his father’s household.    In all, Saul was responsible for the

slaughter of eighty-five priests.  Let’s

pause for just a moment…it hasn’t been that long ago that Saul was anointed

King by God, now we find him responsible for the death of eighty-five men whose

lives were dedicated to the service of that same God.  Now, I am sure that if you were to ask Saul

when he was anointed king over Israel if he ever thought he would do such a

thing, he would have been appalled at the suggestion.  However, the text speaks for itself and that

is exactly what he did.  How does this

happen?  How does a man who was selected

by God make such a departure from God ?  It doesn’t happen overnight; it a process of

poor decision making.  We began the week

highlighting some of those poor choices from Saul and now they have climaxed to

the unthinkable.  A wise person once said

that when you tell a lie, it doesn’t take very long for you to have to tell

another lie to cover up the first.  Then

you must tell a third and fourth lie to cover up the previous ones.   This process continues until you have found

yourself caught up in a web of lies and deceit. 

Sadly, this process isn’t just true with lying, but with all sin.  Sin tends to snowball into an avalanche of

sin.  No sane person wakes up in the

morning and decides to kill someone, yet murders happen every day.  They happen because poor little choices make

for destructive consequences.   Make sure

that we keep an eye on ur own lives before we do something that we deeply