Category Archives: 1Samuel

Reactions of a Fallen Leader

The day after the New Moon Festival, when David’s place was still empty, Saul asked Jonathan, “Why hasn’t that son of Jesse come to eat with us? He wasn’t here yesterday, and he still isn’t here today!”Saul was furious with Jonathan and yelled, “You’re no son of mine, you traitor! I know you’ve chosen to be loyal to that son of Jesse. You should be ashamed of yourself! And your own mother should be ashamed that you were ever born. You’ll never be safe, and your kingdom will be in danger as long as that son of Jesse is alive. Turn him over to me now! He deserves to die!” (1Sam.20:27, 30 31)

Can someone fall from grace? Can someone who was chosen be rejected by God?

With regard to salvation the answer is “No”. But when it comes to serving God the answer is “Yes”. This we see in the lives of several leaders. Saul started well as the first king of Israel but turned out to be a failure in the sight of God. So he was rejected and someone else was appointed in that office. Towards the end of his tenure Saul demonstrated the traits of a fallen leader.

Insults associates in public

An efficient leader observes his associates closely and guides them properly. He keeps track of the moves they make and commends them for work well done and corrects them when they goof up. But, fallen leaders do this with wrong intentions- to prove them wrong and inefficient and to pin them down. Saul does the same with David. The youngest son of Jesse had a name but Saul is addressing him as “that son of Jesse”. It sounded sarcastic in the royal assembly. Perhaps, Saul had forgotten his roots and was pointing his finger at the lowly background of the shepherd boy.

Saul expressed his jealousy towards the upcoming leader and a servant of God’s choice. He tried to exert his authority and establish his supremacy which revealed his unwillingness to accept God’s authority.

Expects associates’ support even when he is wrong

Saul attacks his own son Jonathan for aligning with David instead of supporting him. Saul wanted to establish his dynasty in spite of God’s rejecting him and his family. Jonathan on the other hand risked his chance to the throne by supporting David. But he knew he should yield to God’s sovereignty.

Attempts to remove associates who are obstacles

Problems are opportunities for leaders. An efficient leader makes strategies to overcome obstacles. A Godly leader will look unto God for solutions. Associates are his strength.

ButĀ  a fallen leader will see a Godly associate as a threat and will try to eliminate him. SaulĀ  saw David as an obstacle on his way. Instead of allowing God to settle things he tried to clear the way himself.

However, God is still the Kingmaker.