Conflicted

I Samuel 17:26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? 

David hears Goliath and wants to know what will happen to and for the man that kills the Philistine. He knows the Philistine has no right to talk about God the way he does.

I find this question interesting. I also notice that no one ever seems to address it. What will the guy that kills the giant get? How will he be honored? What is the plan?

They then proceed to tell David what the plan is. They say to him that the man who kills the giant will marry into the king’s family.

The king was giving great financial rewards, his daughter, and all taxes paid promise to the family of the victor. I find it interesting that David at least shows an interest in what he will get. He is concerned for the name of the Lord, but he wants to know what he will be paid.

This makes me realize that even the greatest of Bible heroes didn’t have as pure of motives as we often think. I know that I find myself thinking on both sides. You might feel less than you should due to the conflict you find in yourself. I see that David might have felt the same way.

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