Saul’s Jealousy of David


Saul’s Jealousy of David

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The way Saul led the second part of his life can be found in the Old Testament in the scriptures of 1 Samuel chapters 18, 19: 9-17,22, and 31: 1-6. From this reading it can be found that the overall theme behind his life was the jealousy that eventually defeated him. It began when Saul the king of Israel had found out that Samuel had anointed David (who was to take his place as the king). It then had happened that Israel was at war with the Philistines and the Classic story of David and Goliath had came to terms and the Israelites had defeated the Philistines. Upon the returning of the heroes of Israel the women of the city came out dancing and singing. They sang

“Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten-thousands”

At this King Saul became very angry and shouted “Now what more can he have but my kingdom.” With this Saul almost immediately started plotting ways to kill David. However Saul was scared because he knew that the Spirit of the Lord was with David, and that it had departed from himself. David on the other had behaved wisely because he knew that the Lord was with him. At this time it was found that Saul’s daughter, Michal, had fallen in love with David. So Saul is seen in the bible saying “I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” Then Saul told David that he desires no dowry but for the foreskins of a hundred Philistines, to take vengeance upon the king’s enemies. With this, his intentions were for the hand of the Philistines to be reason behind David’s death instead of his own, but David knowingly agreed and with the help of the Lord brought back the foreskins of two-hundred men. Saul then had decided to send messengers to David’s house so that they would kill him, but with the warning from Michal, David was able to escape before the messengers had arrived. After David’s escape, people began to flock with David and joined with him for they began to dislike Saul and found his intentions were away from the Lord’s. David then decided to stay with Ahimelech the son of Ahitub to avoid confrontation’s with Saul, but Saul soon found out that David had been staying with Ahimelech. Ahimenlech is then found saying to Saul “And who among all of your servants is as faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law who goes at your bidding, and is honorable in your house?” Saul becomes very angry that Ahimelech is against him, in fact so angry that he ordered the guards to kill Ahimelech and all the priests but they could not put a hand on the men of God because they were scared. Then Doeg, king Saul’s right hand man, stood forth and said he would kill Ahimelech and the priests, and so he did. It was found later that king Saul and his men had went to war once again against the Philistines. King Saul met his death when enemy archers killed him along with Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, and Saul’s sons.

The theme of jealousy seen in Saul’s life ( the jealousy he had for David )is a parallel can be found in this story as well as many other stories in the bible with different characters and motives. One example would be the story of Joseph and his brothers. The earliest example would be that of Cain and Able. Another example from the New Testament would be the Jewish people’s jealousy of Christ. Overall jealousy has been a disease that has plagued us for thousands of thousands of years.