Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bible in 90 Days - Day 21

21 days! Three weeks! We're really moving through the Bible quickly.

I read 1 Samuel 16 through 28 today. It basically covered the story of Saul chasing David around the countryside, trying to kill him. Twice David had the opportunity to kill Saul. Twice David declared that he could not lay a hand on God's anointed. David had no problems taking people's lives if he felt it was justified (see 1 Samuel 25 for the story of Nabal). So he must have felt very strongly that God's anointing was still applicable to Saul, even though Saul was trying to take David's life.

I found another question to add to my list of things to study later. 1 Samuel 16:14 says that "the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him." What is the evil spirit in this verse? An evil spirit from the Lord? I didn't realize there was such a thing... I have to study this in depth later.

4 comments:

Alilia said...

This verse is quite perplexing. When I look in e-sword at the strong's words that are used, it seems as if the word evil could mean afflicting, displeasing, distressing, grieving, troubling. This reminds me of some of the verses in the Bible that talk about how the Israelites were to "afflict" their soals when it came to things like the Day of Atonement. I think it like a "convicting" spirit maybe, like what happens to us when we turn away from what we know to be right. We tend to be somewhat tormented by our consciences. Anyway, those are my thoughts...

Cassandra said...

It is a confusing verse, isn't it? I'm going to ignore it for now and come back to it later. I'm afraid if I stop or slow down to puzzle out the challenging verses, I will never finish!

herbivoremeals said...

Personally I think it is a mistranslation and that when the spirit of the Lord left him and he was then troubled by an evil spirit it was NOT of the Lord.

Cassandra said...

Thanks for the comment. I would hope that it's a translation because that explanation makes the most sense. I will definitely be coming back to this, though.