Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
If one lives off the land one learns not to waste anything. The other day watching a survivor type of show the need for food our weigh the common sense of preserving all that was killed for food. Angering me a little they did not dry and preserve all the meats potential of a fresh kill, made me angry. Yet I was thinking how many people would have the sense in a survivor situation to preserve the meat for several days of ration, The survivalist journey was only two days. Yet the whole animal left behind except for a few pork chops. A waste or taking only necessary leaving rest for the buzzards. Only food around for miles, and yet I sit and wonder why they wasted. Two days without food usually only kills someone with medical condition that requires eating. As my anger grew of the waste of meat, this story of the Pharisees being angry about the corn being plucked in the field on the Sabbath, because the disciples were hungry. Yet Jesus used the time David men were in battle needing bread and taking what was in the temple. Yet the shew bread was only bread of tradition, a protective meal of the priesthood for a week. The priest would die for helping David and His men because Saul was in hot pursuit of David though the war was not against Saul but against the enemy. Saul had sought to destroy David because of jealousy. His jealousy would lead to killing of a even a priest.
There is a point God says not to do something and yet we do it. God sets standards before us for a reason. Most hunters in the woods if they kill and eat while hunting only kill was is needed for daily supply of food, and if killed a large enough game usually perserve it over the fire for a few extra days. Jesus disciples were plucking corn like apples and eating them, no real work involved though it was consider work to harvest food. Jesus allowing the breaking of tradition would cost Him his own life, but it would not be the reason Jesus was killed.
Did God use King Saulís jealousy to punish the priesthood for aiding David, or was that truly only the kingís judgment and not Godís? The consequences of sin continues with conspiracy. Common sense dictates to eat what is available when hungry. Yet tradition dictates obey the the law of God. Yet some would argue that the priest knew what he was doing by giving the shewbread to David men, And other argue Saul had a problem. Would the Priest still died if the crime been left in Godís hand. After all Saul had a man from another country kill the priest, because it was a sin of Israel to do so.
Better yet was the shewbread available in Christ day and Jesus was a religious teacher that could of eaten from the table what about His disciples? Questions that Jesus did not ask the other religious leaders, instead he use the story of David, perhaps telling them what was to come in their language. If you weigh the heavy meat in scripture you would never eat a bite of forbidden fruit. Yet forbidden fruit is the temptation of devil. The temptation of the devil always leads to death if taken.
Common sense says eat the apple because I am hungry, not because it lawful. Jesus on the cross says forgive them Father for they no not what they do. Our own common sense and need often outweighs what best for us. Yet we do the unthinkable and sin against God, because of our common sense and the temptation of Satan or man. Sin is not always willful, but based on desire or need. If you know to cross the line will feed your family will you if it is forbidden, even if you know it will cost you something if caught. Jesus was under Roman law and spiritual law and not the law of Moses or Jewish tradition though he practiced some traditions. Is the world in jeopardy for breaking Godís laws?
When one receive Christ as Lord they are no longer under the law, but then God writes the spiritual laws of faith on our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Are we listening to the Spirit of God or our own desires. Did Godís law change? The need for sacrifice was done away with the sacrifice of Jesus paying the price for all manís sin. Did the law to love God and man ever change, the answer is no.
Common sense says the priest commit treason so he was killed by one of Saulís men not from Israel, not because of Godís spiritual law. Eating the shewbread was providing a need for Godís anointed to be king. Eating corn in the field was only providing a need not provided by temple for the men of God. Jesus very act of declaring himself God would be act of treason against the priesthood, and the act of the men crying out that Jesus was king in the streets, would be crucifier for legal government of Rome, though they found no fought in Jesus. Jesus was not there to over throw the government.
Dear Heavenly Father enable us to the know the difference between spiritual laws of faith and traditions of man that plague the world of religiosity. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
1 Samuel 22:11-18 KJV
(11) Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.
(12) And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord.
(13) And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
(14) Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house?
(15) Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or more.
(16) And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father's house.
(17) And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.
(18) And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.