27 January 2020
2 Samuel 5:1-7,10
All the tribes of Israel then came to David at Hebron. ‘Look’ they said ‘we are your own flesh and blood. In days past when Saul was our king, it was you who led Israel in all their exploits; and the Lord said to you, “You are the man who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you shall be the leader of Israel.”’ So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a pact with them at Hebron in the presence of the Lord, and they anointed David king of Israel.
David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned for forty years. He reigned in Hebron over Judah for seven years and six months; then he reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.
David and his men marched on Jerusalem against the Jebusites living there. These said to David, ‘You will not get in here. The blind and the lame will hold you off.’ (That is to say: David will never get in here.) But David captured the fortress of Zion, that is, the Citadel of David.
David grew greater and greater, and the Lord, the God of Hosts, was with him.
The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, ‘Beelzebul is in him’ and, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts devils out.’ So he called them to him and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is divided against itself, that household can never stand. Now if Satan has rebelled against himself and is divided, he cannot stand either – it is the end of him. But no one can make his way into a strong man’s house and burgle his property unless he has tied up the strong man first. Only then can he burgle his house.
‘I tell you solemnly, all men’s sins will be forgiven, and all their blasphemies; but let anyone blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and he will never have forgiveness: he is guilty of an eternal sin.’ This was because they were saying, ‘An unclean spirit is in him.’
David grew greater and greater, and the Lord, the God of Hosts, was with him
Today’s readings are a thought provoking one because it points out where the source of power comes from as a form of legitimacy. King David obtained power because the people approached him to be king of both the Northern and Southern kingdom. Indeed, most of us are familiar with this type of power which is the general public selecting a group of people to enact decisions on their behalf.
However, the nature of power is such that it tends to corrupt the person holding it. I guess the idea of being able to lord over others does change others as the person can now be the master of the fate of others. This is where Jesus reminds us that the power of His ministry comes from God. It does not come from the legitimacy of men but from a divine source. Sometimes I see some question the decisions that office holders in church make and this does trouble me because it seems that there is a sense that there is a comparison of the positions.
The ways of the world have sometimes subtly entered the church in terms of organisation and structure. As we begin a new week, I ask that we pray and reflect upon the role which Jesus has called us to do and how can we do it in a manner which serves the people around us and not seek to advance our own interests.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for the strength to let you work through me.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Jesus, for the love you have shown me.