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But something happened . . .

Reading in 1 Samuel 18:1-5 this morning about David and Jonathan’s special friendship–“immediate bond of love”, “best of friends”, “special vow” between them, “sealed with a pact.” (reading from New Living) David was the perfect friend and employee–“Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully.” 18:5

Then, the ominous words of verse 6, “But something happened . . .”  David’s success and fame exceeded that of the king and King Saul could not handle it.  Anger and jealousy consumed Saul and eventually led to his downfall.  Jealousy–I have something and I don’t want to share it with you!  Happened in the NT as well.  When the ten heard about the two asking for special rewards, they asked, “what about us?”

A far cry from “rejoicing with this who rejoice.”  I guess when the ugly heads of jealousy or envy (if I can’t have it, I don’t want you to either) rear their heads, it is a sign that our ministry has become more about us than God.

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