2 Samuel 1 – God establishes rulers of nations (even ours!)

God appoints rulers of nations

God appoints rulers of nations

I jump back into dBrag (see http://www.dbrag.org for more info) again with a good friend, after a season of “busy-ness”, having been convinced once again of the importance of spending time each day in meditation of the Holy Bible. I am grateful for God’s Word and for good friends who care enough to help me along on my journey to continue to growing in my relationship with Jesus Christ.

Today, we jump back in at 2 Samuel. This chapter starts out with an Amalekite man coming to David, having escaped the Israelite camp that David just defeated. The man, clothes torn with dust on his head, fell at David’s feet and began to honor him. He told David of the death of Saul, the King of Israel and also the death of Saul’s son, Jonathan (who was David’s best friend).

As you know, King Saul was in hot pursuit of David to kill him to prevent him from becoming his replacement. Yet, David did not rejoice at the new of King Saul’s death. David asked how it happened. When the Amalekite reported that he himself helped kill Saul, who was already fataly wounded, David became enraged.

13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”
“I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite,” he answered.

14 David asked him, “Why were you not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”

15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.’ “

Why? Why was David so mad at the man, who was simply helping Saul to die rather than to lie there in pain and suffering until he bled to death? David, although he knew he was to be the next King, refused to lay his hand on the Lord’s anointed. You see, he believes that God appoints the kings and rulers of nations. As such, David put his fate in the hands of God. When God was ready for him to be King, God would work out the circumstances, and David would not have that blood on his hands.

Romans 13:1 has this reminder:

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

It is God who appoints authority and establishes powers of nations. We are to pray for our leaders and leave what happens in the hands of God.

Will you be a David today? Will you pray for your nation’s leaders? Will you avoid trashing your leader with course jokes or hateful speech? No matter how bad it seems, God is in control. God can see the future, we cannot.

Trust the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6




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  1. #1 by Seth on September 1, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    If God appoints all rulers, should we then follow Satan’s ordinances since Jesus talks of him as the ruler of this world (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11)? How can we wrestle against Satan and his minions (Ephesians 6:12) and still obey Satan as an appointed authority? Indeed God has appointed him as an accuser of mankind, if scripture is to be trusted.

    • #2 by Jaqua (Jāy 'Quāy) on September 3, 2009 - 9:17 am

      I don’t think anyone mentioned obeying Satan as an appointed authority. Not sure how you made the leap to that. God appoints rulers. We can stand on what we believe in and pray for our leaders. This is what God commands.

  2. #3 by Seth on September 3, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    If you read the passages I linked I think you will see that God has appointed Satan as ruler of this world, and it follows that if we should obey the rulers he has appointed….

    • #4 by Hannah on October 9, 2013 - 2:19 pm

      I think your missing the point that God wants us to submit to his WORDLY authorities that He has put over us. He is speaking of physical human beings. Also, Satan is not a legitimate authority. God did not ordain his rule but rather tolerates it.

  3. #5 by Anonymous on November 28, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Common on Seth – you are deliberately being perverse. Have you read anywhere in the Bible where God commands us to obey Satan. Satan obtained authority by deception. Jesus took it back fair and square. Satan as he has done before walks about like He still in control but it is for the believer to know his position. If you go as far back as the Old Testament we have been commanded “to choose this day whom you will serve” and to “shun evil”. Obedience to the governing authorities is for order and also for your own benefit – see Hebrews 13:17.

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