Summary: One of the things that I believe we sometimes forget is that the words that we speak mean a lot more than what we may think. This message is about the importance of speaking in agreement with God.
Are Your Words Testifying Against You?
One of the things that I believe we sometimes forget is that the words that we speak mean a lot more than what we may think. And one of the verses we’re going to look at this morning, and I’ll turn to it. It’s John 6:63. Jesus says,
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
What some people misunderstand or don’t capture in what Jesus said is that every word we speak has spirit. Every word we speak has spirit and every word has life. When we speak our words, are we speaking words that have life in the kingdom of heaven or are we speaking words that bring death from the throne room of hell?
And sometimes, it seems that the things that we say are so innocent. But we have to remember that words have spirit. They carry something with them when you speak.
We’re going to be in 2 Samuel 1. But before we get there, I need to do some summarizing. In 1 Samuel 24, verses one through 12, Saul up to this point has been fighting with David. Not literally fighting but coming against the fact that he knows that David is going to be king of Israel.
In this chapter, Saul is seeking to kill David. Saul wants the throne to pass to his son Jonathan even though years earlier the prophet Samuel had anointed David to be king. When we get to 1 Samuel 24, it has been 10 years since Samuel had anointed David.
But David was not going to dethrone Saul by force. David said that God would dethrone him and it was not his place to do it. David was anointed by Samuel in 1 Samuel 8 just to give you some perspective.
In this 1 Samuel 24, Saul had been pursuing David and decides to stop at a cave and take a bathroom break. So, as he’s taking doing this, David comes behind him and clips off part of his robe to prove to Saul that he could have killed him. As Saul is leaving, David cries out to him “My master, my king. I don’t why you want to kill me because I could have killed you right here.” Then he says “I will not smite the Lord’s anointed.” When the Lord named Saul king, the prophet Samuel poured oil over him as a sign that God had anointed him.
In 1 Samuel 26, Saul is still chasing David to kill him. One night, the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Saul and his men. So David goes into the camp and takes Saul’s spear and water skin or water bottle and leaves the camp. So when Saul and his men wake up David is standing on a cliff and lets him know that he another chance to kill him last and didn’t. And David told Saul, “I didn’t kill you because you are the Lord’s anointed.”
(1) Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
(2) And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his one; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul’s sons.
(3) And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.
(4) Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his arm our bearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell upon it.
(5) And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword and died with him.
(6) So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.
So here’s the picture. King Saul has been struck with an arrow and is dying. But he doesn’t want the enemy to find him this way because he knows they will finish him off and abuse his body. So, he asks his armourbearer to kill. The armourbearer refuses so Saul falls on his sword and then the armourbearer falls on his sword.
Now, 2 Samuel 1.
(1) Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
(2) It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.