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1 Samuel 17 [Read]
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Jealousy is a terrible sin. It not only destroys relationships, but also distorts personality to beyond recognition. Unfortunately, jealousy is also one of the most common sins we commit in life. It begins with small things which can be easily overlooked, but at the end it could cause great damage to friendship and community.
David’s victory over Goliath was the key event in the rising of the future King of Israel. Such victory certainly demonstrated his faith in the LORD “for the battle is the LORD’s” (17:47), but ultimately it was his motive to glorify God that pleased God and gave him the victory (17:46). His youth zeal may come out as somewhat arrogant to others (17:28), but his unwavering stand to guard God’s reputation was sincere and admirable.
This victory resulted in great admiration from everyone (18:1, 7, 16, 20), but it also roused intense jealousy from King Saul (18:9). The first thing to go was their relationship. Saul used to love David too (16:21), but the jealousy caused by insecurity (18:8) totally obliterated that love and turned it into vengeance. The more success David had (18:5, 14, 30), the more fear he caused in Saul’s heart (18:15, 29). Fear without proper mitigation builds itself up and eventually destroys relationship.
Jealousy of Saul also greatly distorted his personality. He changed from a caring king (17:33) to a conniving murderer who sought out every possible means to get rid of David. I could be overly sympathetic to Saul, but he did not strike me as such evil person until now. The instigator could have been the evil spirit from the LORD (16:14, 18:10). But this does not put the blame on God, for it was his own jealousy that unleashed such evil and distorted his personality to beyond recognition.
At the end, jealousy offends God. When we are jealous of what someone else has, we are basically saying to God that what you have given me is not the best. Therefore, jealousy and gratitude are mutually exclusive, and the lack of a grateful heart is the first sign of spiritual trouble. Paul told us to “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess 5:18). There is good reason behind such exhortation, for it eliminates any breach that the sin of jealousy can use to destroy and distort. Be always on guard for jealousy!
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