Disarming the Enemy


Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Joab’s brother Abishai the son of Zeruiah, “Who will go down with me into the camp to Saul?” And Abishai said, “I will go down with you.” So David and Abishai went to the army by night. And there lay Saul sleeping within the encampment, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head, and Abner and the army lay around him. Then Abishai said to David, “God has given your enemy into your hand this day. Now please let me pin him to the earth with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice.” But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” And David said, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will strike him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish. The Lord forbid that I should put out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. But take now the spear that is at his head and the jar of water, and let us go.” So David took the spear and the jar of water from Saul’s head, and they went away. No man saw it or knew it, nor did any awake, for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them. I Samuel 26:6-12 ESV

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Colossians 2:13-15 ESV


Once in the wild west, an outlaw came to town. He was about to rob the bank when the sheriff heard what was happening. The sheriff went to the bank with his deputy and surprised the outlaw from behind. When the outlaw felt the sheriff’s gun poking into his back, he put his own hands into the air. He knew he was beaten. The deputy quickly disarmed the outlaw by taking his guns away. Without his guns, the outlaw had no power to threaten or hurt anyone, and he was taken away to the town jail.

David disarmed Saul when he and a couple of his men snuck into Saul’s camp at night. God had put all of Saul’s army into a deep sleep. For a second time, David could have killed Saul, but once again he respected that Saul was God’s anointed king, and David continued to trust that God would make him king when the time was right. But David stole a jar of water and Saul’s spear. He might have remembered the times that Saul had tried to kill him with a spear, and maybe this was the very same spear. If Saul didn’t have his spear, he couldn’t kill David with it.

We were under the power of the forces of evil, but Jesus came to battle everything that had us under its grasp. He won the victory over all the powers of darkness–sin, death, the devil, and all his demons–when he died on the cross and rose again from the dead. None of these things can hurt us now. Jesus has forgiven our sins and brought us into new life with him. When Jesus triumphed over evil, he disarmed all the evil forces so that they no longer have any power over us. Instead, we have life forever in Jesus.


Dear Jesus, thank you for triumphing over all the powers of darkness for us. Amen.