1 Samuel, Chapter 19

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Saul Sends Guards to Kill David

King Saul is overtaken by obsessive jealousy for David and tries to kill his loyal subject. His very children turn their back on him and help David escape. Jonathan tries to reason with his father, claiming that David is a valuable asset, but his attempts are to no avail. Saul caves to his negative emotions, over and over again. Michal hides David and helps him to escape through her window. Jonathan and Michal represent the enlightened side of Saul’s personality, struggling against his inner darkness. The king of Israel is unable to overcome his ego. He narrowly focuses his entire world on one fixation. 

David flees to Samuel’s home in Ramah. Saul sends his men to seize him but, as they approach the prophet’s house, they are moved by the spirit of God. Enraged by this, the king himself goes to Ramah. However, he too receives divine inspiration and stops chasing David. His divine potential and spark have not disappeared. Positive forces are always inside us. We must cultivate and reveal them in order for good to prevail over evil.

“And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself” (1 Samuel 19:1-2) 

“And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David isat Naioth in Ramah. And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing asappointed over them, the spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied” (1 Samuel 19:19-20)

Nobility is adopting and practicing good traits, enabling us to rise to the highest levels of humanity.