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Topic: Gossip Mill (05/08/14)
TITLE: A Death Reward
By Adekunle Lawal
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A Death Reward
“The uncircumcised Philistines are fond of looking for troubles. What is their complaint this time around?” David asked his six hundred valiant men that seated around him.
“The regular accusation; they claim that Israel is occupying their land.” Joab responded.
“What an insult! How many times do we need to tell this ignorant people that the Almighty God gave us the land? How I wish to be on the battlefield; but I’m confident King Saul and our soldiers will teach them a lesson.” David looked at his men for support.
“I hope so, my lord.” Joab said and nodded his head with other men.
A moment later one of the watchmen of David entered into the big open living room built for their master in the wilderness. The watchmen had stationed on a mountain watching the surroundings.
“Good day, my lord. It seems a young man is running towards this place. Do we stop him or allow him to enter?”
“Allow him to enter, he might be an informant. Make sure you keep your eyes on him. We shall also be at alert inside here.” David looked over his shoulders as several strong men stood up and took positions around their boss. Then David dismissed the watchman.
Few minutes later a young man who dressed like an Israelite soldier came in. His clothes were torn, and sand was on his head; a sign of sadness. He had a small handbag hanging around his shoulder, and was sweating profusely.
“Good day, my lord.” He bowed his head as he greeted David.
“You are welcome. Good day. You must be one of the Israelite soldiers. How was the battle? Why are you looking so miserable?” David was anxious to know what happened at the warfront.
“You are right, sir. I’m an Israelite soldier, but Amalekite by birth; I was recruited into the Israelite army. I’ve come to inform you the outcome of the battle. The Philistines have killed many of our soldiers; King Saul and Jonathan are also dead.”
Having heard the sad news, David was shocked. He sat motionless and thought about the information for some minutes. Later, he looked at the soldier and said, “This is unbelievable, and how did you know that King Saul and Jonathan are dead?”
“I was lucky to be around when King Saul was wounded. As he leaned on his spear dragging himself along, then he saw me coming towards him. He asked me to kill him with my sword because he was terribly wounded. I knew that he was not going to make it anyway, so I killed him. Jonathan’s dead body was also on the ground nearby.”
The soldier freed the hanging handbag from his shoulder, and brought out King Saul’s crown and his arm bracelet. “These are the evidences to confirm that King Saul is dead.” The young man announced proudly.
When David heard this information, and saw the King’s crown and bracelet; he and his men tore their clothes and mourned for Saul, Jonathan, and other dead Israelite soldiers.
The escaped soldier was confused, 'why are they crying? Is David not happy that his enemy is dead? What happens to my reward now?'
After David had stopped crying, he stood up and came closer to the soldier, “How were you not afraid to kill the King?” David was very angry. “You testified against yourself that you killed the Lord’s anointed, an offence that is punishable by death, as far I’m concerned.”
“Abishai!” David called one of his strong men.
“Yes, my lord.” Abishai came forward.
“Kill this murderer that slaughtered the King of Israel.” David ordered, and went back to his seat.
Abishai grabbed the offended soldier by the neck; he brought him down swiftly, and killed him with his sword.
Bible text: 2 Samuel 1: 1-16
Note: The soldier in the story was a liar; he was not the one that killed King Saul. In actual fact, the King killed himself (1 Samuel 31: 3-4).
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