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In Case You Missed It -- 1 Samuel 22-23, Proverbs 15:30-33

Saul’s unwillingness to kill Ahimelek as well as the guards’ refusal should have been enough to give Saul pause before killing God’s priest. Yet Saul’s blind rage has led him to join forces with a man named Doeg, an Edomite. An Edomite is someone from the region south of what is now Israel. Doeg would have known nothing of YHWH and shows little respect for God’s priest and the town of Nob, even killing women and children. Again, a leader of Israel strikes a pledge with a foreigner, and the people of Israel suffer. Saul would have done well to meditate on our reading from Proverbs: “Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord” (Proverbs 15:33). Saul has abandoned the fear of God for fear of David and has rejected counsel from his guards, proving that Saul is not “at home among the wise” (Proverbs 15:31). May we all have hearts to fear God and heed discipline today.

Jeremiah Vaught