Do not dare to touch and afflict the Lord's priests...

Alex Michel

17 And the king said to the guard who stood about him, "Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and they knew that he fled and did not disclose it to me." But the servants of the king would not put out their hand to strike the priests of the LORD.
18 Then the king said to Doeg, "You turn and strike the priests." And Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests, and he killed on that day eighty-five persons who wore the linen ephod.
The author here describes a great and grievous part of King Saul's history. In the madness of his mind because of his constant turning from God to secure the favor of people, he becomes convinced that the priesthood has turned against him because He helped David. He orders the execution of the priests of the Lord, and in wisdom by Saul's soldiers they will not touch the priests. Saul will not do it himself, thinking he is likely getting off the hook because his hands wouldn't shed their blood, and thus asks the Gentile among them, Doeg, to do the dirty work.
It is a horrific thing that a leader can be so lost and blind that they believe evil is good, and good is evil. The nation suffered a great loss that day, and the madness of Saul increased by his actions. As a king, his actions greatly rattled the nation and rooted great instability in Israel as a whole. 
I have been in the company of leaders "slaying" other leaders verbally. It greatly grieved my heart. It calls me to recall and repent of times where I have spoken amiss about a leader. My calling is to shepherd people toward their call, and when I see error to begin to pray for the people in it, NOT TALK ABOUT THEM. The Scripture calls me to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. I am freshly challenged to remember that I can cause great disharmony in my own person, my family, my ministry and my congregation when I choose to use my words to speak death or negativity over another leader.
Father, may I not set my hand against your anointed ones. May I pray for those that you show me error in, and may you cause people who see my weaknesses to pray for me as well. Help me to have your heart for your leaders and to honor them as you would have me to do. In Jesus name. 

Devotions for April 19

1 Samuel 22
Psalm 17
Psalm 35
Matthew 6

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