1 Samuel 27 [Read]
1 Samuel 28 [Read]
1 Samuel 29 [Read]
Luke 17: 1-19 [Read]
Where can we find faith? Is it in the majestic, high-steeple church building in the center of a large city or in the darkest corner of a city slum? Is it in the ritual of a dressed-up priest or in the daily work of a school janitor? It’s a question we all should ponder.
Ziklag was a country town ruled by Achish, King of Gath (27:6). Perceptive readers should remember Gath, for that’s the city where Goliath came from. People of Gath knew David by heart, for he killed one of their proudest residents. That explains why David had to behave insanely to survive (21:13). David lived in Ziklag for 16 months (27:7), and he had to lie and kill in order to survive (27:8-12). But he managed not to kill a single Israelite. Under the watchful eyes of the people of Gath, he secretly held his faith in the most difficult circumstances. Bible does not condone his sins, but God obviously was pleased with his faithfulness by being with him (30:8).
Endor was in the land of Israel, and it was ruled by King Saul, the one anointed by God. Endor was governed by the Laws of God (28:3), and even the medium knew to restrain herself (28:9). But that did not guarantee a true faith. In fact, the one who decreed the law broke it himself by seeking the medium out. Granted Saul was desperate and God was not talking to him, but that was the time to show his integrity. And miserably he failed. Did he actually call up Samuel from the grave? Even the best bible scholars do not have the answer. But it matters little, for sins were intentionally committed and Saul paid with his life.
There were 10 lepers crying out to Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, and he healed them (Luke 17:12). Only one came back to praise God. Amazingly, he was a Samaritan (Luke 17:16), the people despised by the Jews as unworthy of God. The one who grew up in an idol-worshiping environment was actually the only one who knew to show gratitude to the Son of God. Amazing!
So, where do we find faith? I think you know the answer. Do not use such answer as an excuse, for there are duties involved (Luke 17:7-10). Ziklag or Endor or Samaria really does not matter. What matters is our heart, and our heart God knows.
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