The Drama of Gibeah
2 Samuel 21:1-10
Tucked away in the book of First Samuel is a story of an execution that is worthy of our study today. In the book of Joshua, Joshua made a covenant with the Gibeonites. Joshua 9:15, 19 says, “And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them. V. 19, But all the leaders said to the whole congregation, we have sworn to them by the Lord, the God of Israel, and now we cannot touch them.”
In our text, David is searching for reasons that God had brought a famine on his land. The Jews believed that no matter what happened in life, God was responsible for it. Deuteronomic theology kicked in here. Therefore, David believed that when things were going good it was because of clean living. However, when things were going bad, there was sin involved in the lives of the people.
The result of his search was that years earlier Saul had broken a covenant with the Gibeonites. In his zeal for the land, he had slaughtered them. Therefore, David believed he had a responsibility as leader to make things right for Saul’s sin.
I want you to use your imagination in this sermon today. We are going to get in some big buses and travel to the airport in Mobile. From there we will do what all southern states do, we will go to the hub in Atlanta. If one dies in these parts they have to go through Atlanta to get to heaven. Amen! From Atlanta we will go to LaGuardia in New York and from there we will heliport over to John F. Kennedy. From JFK we will go Air France to Paris, and from there we will fly to the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv Israel. Then we will get back on some buses and travel to the Amphi Theater at Gibeah.
When we get there it will be reminiscent of the passion play in the Ozarks. As we are taking our seats we observe the characters readying themselves for the stage. I will represent our group as I ...
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