1 Samuel 22:9-23 - Then Doeg the Edomite, who was standing there with Saul’s men, spoke up. “When I was at Nob,” he said, “I saw the son of Jesse talking to the priest, Ahimelech son of Ahitub. 10 Ahimelech consulted the Lord for him. Then he gave him food and the sword of Goliath the Philistine.” 11 King Saul immediately sent for Ahimelech and all his family, who served as priests at Nob. 12 When they arrived, Saul shouted at him, “Listen to me, you son of Ahitub!” “What is it, my king?” Ahimelech asked. 13 “Why have you and the son of Jesse conspired against me?” Saul demanded. “Why did you give him food and a sword? Why have you consulted God for him? Why have you encouraged him to kill me, as he is trying to do this very day?” 14 “But sir,” Ahimelech replied, “is anyone among all your servants as faithful as David, your son-in-law? Why, he is the captain of your bodyguard and a highly honored member of your household! 15 This was certainly not the first time I had consulted God for him! May the king not accuse me and my family in this matter, for I knew nothing at all of any plot against you.” 16 “You will surely die, Ahimelech, along with your entire family!” the king shouted. 17 And he ordered his bodyguards, “Kill these priests of the Lord, for they are allies and conspirators with David! They knew he was running away from me, but they didn’t tell me!” But Saul’s men refused to kill the Lord’s priests. 18 Then the king said to Doeg, “You do it.” So Doeg the Edomite turned on them and killed them that day, eighty-five priests in all, still wearing their priestly garments. 19 Then he went to Nob, the town of the priests, and killed the priests’ families—men and women, children and babies—and all the cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats. 20 Only Abiathar, one of the sons of Ahimelech, escaped and fled to David. 21 When he told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord, 22 David exclaimed, “I knew it! When I saw Doeg the Edomite there that day, I knew he was sure to tell Saul. Now I have caused the death of all your father’s family. 23 Stay here with me, and don’t be afraid. I will protect you with my own life, for the same person wants to kill us both.”
I. No one is immune to tragedy.
A. Tragedy hits us all.
Some of you have seen more.
We watch it on tv or experience it ourselves and wonder, “God what is going on?”
>>>What do we do? What do we say? I don’t know how many times I have sat in the emergency room silent.
II. The inhumanity of humanity
A. The worst kind of tragedy is when it didn’t have to happen
- Drunk driver, or texting while driving
- Terrorist attacks
- Murder and Suicide
B. Why I think this about hating God.
19 Then he went to Nob, the town of the priests, and killed the priests’ families—men and women, children and babies—and all the cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats.
1 Samuel 15 Saul was ordered by God to wipe out the Amalekites. Everything Men women children and animals.
He almost did it.
1 Samuel 15:13-14 - When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the Lord bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the Lord’s command!”14 “Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded.
This is a huge moment for Saul the kingdom and for us. God lays something down for humanity, religion and the way we follow God.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 - But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So, because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”
This is Saul’s rebellion toward God.
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”
Mankind’s capacity for kindness is only challenged by its willingness to destroy each other. Luckily David journaled about this in Psalm 52
III. What can we do when tragedy comes?
Psalm 52 - Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? 2 You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor. 3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. 4 You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue! 5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. 6 The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying, 7 “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!” 8 But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. 9 For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.
A. This is about Saul, not Doeg
7 “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”
Not only is this about him but verse 1 states that he bragged about it.
B. 4 things David did to cope with this tragedy
- He placed the blame where it should have been. On Saul, On Evil.
- He didn’t blame himself.
- He didn’t blame God.
- Sometimes there is no one to blame but the sin sickness of this world.
- He reminded himself that God repays evil.
- v5 - Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.
- Vengeance is Gods and God’s alone.
- We don’t have to carry that burden.
- He placed his hope solely on God.
- v9 - For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name,
- It is our only true hope.
- Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) - Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
- He reminded himself that God is Good.
- V9 - for your name is good.
- God is good, all the time.
- He lets us go through many things as he does His work here. In all of it, He is good.
>>> Everyone of these points requires faith. This is what you need to struggle with in your tragedy.
IV. God is Good
A. Purpose is a rich and satisfying life
John 10:10 - The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
B. He doesn’t enjoy tragedy
Lamentations 3:33 - For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.
C. He knows who is at fault
Lamentations 3:59 - You have seen the wrong they have done to me, Lord. Be my judge, and prove me right.
D. He is faithful to you
Psalm 100:5 - For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
I have lived through some tragedy in my life. I have blamed myself more than once. I still think I do sometimes. I have to lean on God for the truth. God will be my vengeance. To everyone man or spirit He will judge. Our hope is in him. Who else and what else is there. We have to remind ourselves he is good. He has a purpose and hurts as much as I do. Probably more. He is for us not against us and he is faithful to me.