Don’t tell it

2Samuel 1:20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

Saul and Jonathan have just been killed. A man has the gall to come and brag to David about how God’s man has fallen. David’s response is to put the man to death and to say what you find in this verse.

David did not want the lost world to know about how God’s man had fallen. He did not want it published in the world and certainly did not want the lost people to rejoice over how God’s man had fallen.

When Saul was killed they had already immediately gone running to the house of their idols, their false gods, to publish the news, to praise their false gods, to rejoice at Satan’s victory 1Samuel 31:9.

I often marvel at how we born again believers rejoice to tell the sin stained stories of our brothers in Christ. We like to look like we know the latest, are superior to the fallen, and who knows what else. David would say to us, keep this quiet, do not publish it in the plazas of the world, do not give more advertising material to Satan.

Saul had been his enemy yet he still recognized him as God’s man and would not touch him or harm him. Saul was wrong in what he was doing and David and Saul both knew that yet David would not be part of destroying him and especially not in the world’s eyes.

David said over and over that God would take care of disciplining His man. David would not become the judge, jury, and press corp.

Sin is to be dealt with in the church. If a brother falls in sin then God tells us how to go to him, deal with him, restore him, etc. However it is abundantly clear that church gossip is not part of that program.

We do not want to give cause to the world to blaspheme against God. So unless you are part of the solution why not keep your mouth shut. It would seem that our attitude is that if we are not part of the solution we are part of the spreading it.

The forgiven are to forgive and the redeemed should not spread to the lost world the failures of God’s men.

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