Updated: Nov 21, 2022
On one occasion David had the opportunity to take the life of Saul, king of Israel. Saul had on numerous occasions attempted to take the life of young David, but had failed. Saul learned that David, his rival, was in the wilderness of Engedi and when Saul came to the sheepcotes, there was a cave and he stopped to rest. David and his men where nearby and while Saul slept, David had his chance to put an end to the rivalry between Saul and him. David was able to get so close to Saul that he “cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.” (1 Samuel 24:4)
Why did David refuse to kill Saul? Here is what David said: “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” (1 Samuel 24:6) David refused to harm Saul, his most avowed enemy, because Saul was the leader that God had anointed over Israel.
Again, it is good to be reminded that when we do not respect the authority of elders and rebel against their decisions, we are rebelling against God. Sometimes there are those who pit their judgment against that of the eldership and create strife and division within the local congregation simply because they do not respect the authority of elders.
Paul tells us not only to esteem our elders, but to “esteem them HIGHLY. But not only “highly,” but “VERY HIGHLY.” And the reason for this esteem is for their “work’s sake.” It is sad that some children hear their parents criticize the elders, but never esteem them.
We are further admonished to “esteem them very highly in LOVE.” We should love all Godly elders as well as all Christians.” (Hebrews 13:1) If you haven't encouraged your elders lately, it isn't to late to build them up for their sacrificial services to the Lord's kingdom.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
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