Monday: January 27, 2020
Reference: 1 Samuel 5:1-7,10
1 Samuel 5:6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.”
In the account read today, the Jebusites are seen as a rather interesting nation. One cannot pin point exactly where their confidence came from, but they had the boldness to taunt King David that ‘his army was not strong enough to face even the blind and lame of the land’. Wow! What manner of confidence. Soon after those words were spoken, the land and its fortress were subdued.
However, if there is one thing that stands out for me, it was the version of David that went into this battle. This was the ‘upgraded’ King David- the version forged after his third anointing as King. It was, however, obvious that the Jebusites did not know about this. In fact, few would have known about it since his first anointing by Samuel was shrouded in secrecy. If the Jebusites had known, they may not have called their bluff.
Even if it may have been that in earlier battles, nations had fallen to the lame and blind of the land, the outcome for King David would be different. For him, three times anointed to stand in the position of shepherd and commander,
surely an outcome different from the general expectation should be no surprise. Sweetheart, there is something about the anointing which although you may be unable to put a finger on exactly, always produces results that sets individuals apart.