Summary: What does love in action look like?
Let us continue to worship God by listening to His very words to us. God has given and preserved for us the Bible through which He speaks to us directly or gives us examples of how to live. Everybody has a Bible? Also have your Bulletin handy which has the outline of the Message. Anyone needs a Bulletin?
Let’s all hold up our Bibles and let us all pray our commitment to God’s Word……
Open your Bibles to 1 Samuel 18… look at v1…..
God tells us that Jonathan loved David with a godly type of love.
Now look at v20…. God tells us that King Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David.
And to prepare us for Chapter 19, also take a look again at v29 of 1 Samuel 18…..
God tells us that Saul hated David for the rest of his life!
Let us now listen to God telling us a story to learn from in 1 Samuel 19, read along with me v1-17…..
We noted that Jonathan loved David; and so when Jonathan found out that his father King Saul wanted to kill David, we can note love in action through Jonathan:
v2: warned David of the danger!
v3-5: took time and reasoned with the opposition to save David!
And what do we note in v6? How do we know that Saul’s oath was meaningless??
God told us that Saul hated David for the rest of his life and that included that moment Saul said an oath! And so instead of love in action, we see in v6: evil in action through Saul!
Evil will lie with their minds and speech!
And what can we note from v9-10? First of all, what does it mean that an evil spirit from the Lord came upon Saul?
We can answer this by answering this question: how did Saul become evil? We already noted in earlier chapters of 1 Samuel that Saul continually rejected God and so God allowed evil spirits to be upon him; in other words, instead of yielding to God the Holy Spirit, Saul yielded to an evil spirit! We can understand this more as we listen to the Son of God Jesus Christ; Jesus states in Luke 11, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
If Saul humbly asked God for the right things, God would never give an evil spirit! And so, Saul allowed evil within him to try and kill David again with a spear. Evil will lead to hate and taking another person’s life!
Now, what do we note in v11-17? We now see love in action through Michal!
v11: like Jonathan, Michal with love warned David of danger!
v12: Michal not only warned David but assisted in escaping from danger!
Now, what Michal did was interesting! Was Michal’s actions for love in v13-17 commendable or not commendable??
Michal’s actions were commendable because she was creative, resourceful, and a doer to help David!
Not commendable because she basically lied!
And yes, what in the world she was doing with an idol?