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Pope Francis the great, lesson of loyalty

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David Asserts His Loyalty to Saul (24:8-15) David waits to confront Saul until the king and his bodyguards are some distance away. Then he prostrates himself before the king. He waves a piece of the …More
David Asserts His Loyalty to Saul (24:8-15)

David waits to confront Saul until the king and his bodyguards are some distance away. Then he prostrates himself before the king. He waves a piece of the king's robe, and indicates that he could have killed Saul except for his own conviction:

"I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD's anointed." (24:10)

David is not silent. He publicly accuses Saul of wronging him by trying to kill an innocent man, and calls upon Yahweh's justice to prevail.

"May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. As the old saying goes,

'From evildoers come evil deeds,'
so my hand will not touch you." (24:12-13)

The point of the proverb he quotes is that, if David were an evil doer, Saul would have been long dead. David continues with heavy sarcasm:

"Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?" (24:14)

The phrase "a dead dog" denotes self-abasement or self-disparagement, as in 2 Samuel 9:8 -- an object of insignificance.[100] The flea, too, is an image of insignificance, in the same way that a mustard seed is figurative of tininess.www.jesuswalk.com/david/05_david_spares.htm David says something similar in 26:20 when he takes Saul's spear and water jug while he is sleeping. His point is that Saul is squandering vast national resources fielding an army of 3,000 men to hunt down someone who is no threat to him or to the kingdom -- a loyal citizen. David closes his case with an appeal to God's bar of justice.

Like David, we must be loyal to Pope Francis!!!

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