2 Samuel 21:1 During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”
Warning: There are 2 big takeaways today. Yes, in this one little verse there are two profound truths we can discover. So bear with me as I tackle them both.
Up first: I wonder what took David so long to ask God what was going on. Do you ever do this? Israel had some serious lack for three straight years when David finally decides to ask God what is going on. I’ve experienced this phenomenon myself. I remember one year as I was planning a summer outreach, the other leaders and I would regularly meet to plan out the details. We would talk for two hours and accomplish nothing. Then one of us would say, “maybe we should stop and ask God what we are to do.” It was a giant, NO DUH! So we prayed and God showed us the plan. Why are we humans like this? We struggle on our own for far too long before we ask God for His help. If we would just ask God why there is a famine in the land sooner, maybe we wouldn’t have to endure it for three years.
The second part of this verse gives us a good dose of Godly truth as well. Let me paint a picture for you. Let’s say that in the church there were two types of Christians: those who grew up in Christian homes and those who did not. We will call these two groups the “lifers” and the “latecomers.” Now what if the lifers decided that they were superior to the latecomers. They had been saved longer and didn’t really care for inexperienced Christians. (Boy, I hope this doesn’t really happen anywhere!) So the lifers decide to form their own little subgroup that only lifers are welcome to. The latecomers don’t belong and considered second-class citizens. What are your thoughts on that?
That would be a shame, wouldn’t it? That would defeat the purpose of the church; it would be contrary to the heart of God. But Saul committed a similar crime – he killed Gibeonites. Who are the Gibeonites, you ask? They are a people group who the Israelites made a treaty with in the book of Joshua. They weren’t born the people of God, but they were brought into the nation of Israel and were given the privilege of serving the Lord. They essentially became one big happy family. You see, once God adopts someone in – He doesn’t plan on kicking them back out. Once He promises protection, He doesn’t throw them to the wolves. Saul violated God’s heart by killing those who seemed less important to God. He misread God’s heart and passed judgement that wasn’t his to pass. Let’s not do the same.