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Something Beautiful: A Warrior Without Malice

Didn’t mean for the delay. It’s a lot easier for me to write about humor than beauty. I need more of it in my life. Hopefully thinking on it will help. There is a lot of beauty around me. I know a lot of beautiful people that live beautiful lives and speak beautiful things about reality. I’m not one of them, but when I’m with these people, I feel more beautiful. The more I think about real beauty and let it in, the more beautiful and capable of beauty I feel. So, here’s a beautiful story.

Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.

He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands to deal with as you wish.’ “Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lift up my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

Then David went out of the cave ad called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you… And [Saul] wept aloud.

David sometimes comes across like this girly man who plays his lute and dances around in his underwear like a fairy. Historically speaking, he’s a grizzled war veteran. Surely he has seen things that would terrify me and has done things that would make me throw up. Undoubtedly he is hardened, able to keep his emotions at bay when necessary, proud, and probably hasn’t dealt with individuals trying to kill him with much gentility in the past.

It feels like David puts aside his battle-instincts and certainly he endangers his life and the lives of his friends. Why? Because Saul is God’s anointed. Even though Saul has been a king that has dishonored God and David has been chosen as the next king, David knows it is not yet his time and so Saul is still God’s chosen. So David won’t kill him. David won’t even maim him. He won’t hurt God’s anointed even though it could cost David his life. Even though Saul is making the life of David incredibly dangerous and difficult.

I think I just find it incredible that a man in this situation would let someone go free simply because at some point YHWH chose him. Especially when the man is a warrior that has killed many, many men before. My heart is amazed the warrior David would spare the life of one trying to kill him when I, an ideological pacifist, want David to just kill him and be done with it. And the result is beautiful. Saul ends his pursuit that day when he learns of mercy. David’s mercy stills Saul’s anger and jealousy. His act of peace brought peace. Beautiful.

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