Irony Upon Irony


David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.

~1Samuel 23:14, NASB


Monkeys don’t write symphonies.

~John MacArthur

One of the definitions of an irony is a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. If not amusing, at least very interesting. Who was Israel’s greatest enemy in Saul’s day? The Philistines would be the proper answer. Who had David just defeated in battle? The Philistines again is the right answer. Saul and his men are coming to Ziph but not to award David with a medal for defeating Israel’s enemy; Saul wants to kill David. He is attacking the very man he desperately needs to defeat the enemy. Who was David’s greatest enemy? If you said Saul, you would be right. Who was his greatest ally and supporter? Saul’s son Jonathan who also made a quick trip to Ziph and he found David without any trouble. Saul couldn’t find David, and Jonathan walks right into his camp. Jonathan is motivated by love and was walking in the light. His father was driven by hate; so much hate that he couldn’t see straight.

But there is more: David saves the sorry Ziphites, who were his relatives, and they repay him by betraying him. Richard Shelby is one of their descendants. If it hadn’t been for David and his 600 men, the Philistines would have annihilated the Ziphites. My, my what a godly and gracious group of kinsmen: instead of thanking their cousin for saving their worthless keesters, they sell him out for political correctness. There is more: if David is a type of Christ {He definitely is}, then Saul is a type of the anti-Christ. I had never had that thought until today and I heard it twice in listening to sermons on You-Tube. As the anti-Christ, Saul is going to squash David 3-D Church {distressed, debtors, discontented}. Saul has been persecuting this group from the get go but guess what happened: David’s church was growing–it has gone from 400-600 and it would continue to grow into the thousands. The more Saul persecutes this group, the more they grew. Isn’t this ironic.

Out of my routine today. Big L has a baseball game in Huntsville. Have a great day.

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