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GUILTY CONSCIENCES

January 25, 2017

Wednesday

 

1 Samuel 24:5

 

It came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.

 

 

LESSON

 

The hem or edge of a person’s garment in the ancient Near East made a statement about his or her social standing. A king’s hem was especially ornate and identified him as the king. By cutting off this piece of Saul’s robe, which Saul may have laid aside as he relieved himself, David suggested that he could cut off Saul’s reign just as easily. His act constituted mild rebellion against Saul’s authority.

 

Almost immediately David realized that his clever trick was inappropriate. Since Saul

was the king, David had no right to tamper with his clothing. Furthermore, David realized

that any attempt to take the kingdom from Saul, as he had taken the symbol of that kingdom, was contrary to God’s will. Since Saul was God’s anointed it was God’s place to remove him, not David’s.

 

Memory Verse: John 8:7

 

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

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