Jealousy Begets An Evil Spirit

Here is more on the evil spirit which now haunts the days of King Saul.  We see in the verses below that jealousy of David is what begins this period in Saul’s life.

When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes.  As they danced, they sang:

   “Saul has slain his thousands,
   and David his tens of thousands.”

Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?”  And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.

The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.  — 1 Samuel 18:6-11

At one time, Saul was blessed and anointed by God as king.  But the day after he embraced jealousy, he was plagued by an evil spirit.  By turning to jealousy, it seems clear that Saul no longer had his eye on the Lord, or on doing His will.  “The Lord had left Saul.”  May it never be for us!

NoteTo study – what does it mean when it says “an evil spirit from God”?  Is this an accurate translation?  Can God send an evil spirit?


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