Now the Philistines had gathered all their forces at Aphek. And the Israelites were encamped by the spring that is in Jezreel. As the lords of the Philistines were passing on by hundreds and by thousands, and David and his men were passing on in the rear with Achish, the commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” And Achish said to the commanders of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul, king of Israel, who has been with me now for days and years, and since he deserted to me I have found no fault in him to this day.” But the commanders of the Philistines were angry with him. And the commanders of the Philistines said to him, “Send the man back, that he may return to the place to which you have assigned him. He shall not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become an adversary to us. For how could this fellow reconcile himself to his lord? Would it not be with the heads of the men here? Is not this David, of whom they sing to one another in dances,
‘Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands’?”
Then Achish called David and said to him, “As the Lord lives, you have been honest, and to me it seems right that you should march out and in with me in the campaign. For I have found nothing wrong in you from the day of your coming to me to this day. Nevertheless, the lords do not approve of you. So go back now; and go peaceably, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines.” I Samuel 29:1-7 ESV
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7 ESV
Calvin was sitting in the classroom, dreaming about Spaceman Spiff and not paying attention to his teacher. When his teacher called on him to come to the board and demonstrate the next problem, he didn’t know what was going on and didn’t know how to do the problem. He tried to stall by pretending to figure it out, and then the bell rang. Calvin didn’t have to do the problem after all. He was saved by the end of the day coming before he had to do anything.
David was saved from his foolish bind, also. He had been deceptive and disloyal, and now he found himself marching out against his own people Israel with the armies of the Philistines. What did David plan to do? Would he actually kill his own people? Or was he planning to betray King Achish, who trusted him? The Bible doesn’t tell us, and it’s possible David didn’t actually know what he was going to do. David was in a terrible predicament, and there didn’t seem to be an easy way out. But just like Calvin, David was saved from his dilemma before he had to do anything. The officers of the Philistines protested so strongly that king Achish sent David and his men away.
We all were in a terrible bind that we could never have gotten ourselves out of. We were caught in sin and separation from God and had no way out. But we were saved from our dilemma when Jesus came to die for us and set us free from sin and death. Because of Jesus we have a brand new life. We aren’t stuck in sin anymore, but free to love and serve God.
Dear Jesus, thank you for saving us from the trouble of sin and death we were stuck in. Amen.
Watterson, Bill The Revenge of the Baby-Sat Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel, 1991, p. 61.