Daily Archives: March 8, 2021

The Abuse of Authority and Its Destruction

This is how you abuse authority:

7 And Saul said to his servants who stood about him, “Hear now, people of Benjamin; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds,
8 that all of you have conspired against me? No one discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day.” – 1 Samuel 22:7-8

What follows this abuse is the disclosure of Doeg the Edomite about David’s visit to Ahimelech. Psalm 52 ascribes to Doeg, a mighty man, to have boasted in evil with his tongue, devised destruction with his tongue, and spoke falsehood with his tongue. The tongue is like a sharp razor!

Psalm 52 seems to imply that Doeg trusted in the abundance of riches rather God. Saul seemed to have implied that he would give fields and vineyards and make anyone commander of thousands (status) in exchange for information about David.

This is how how it will end for Doeg: But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah – Psalm 52:5

The abuse of authority…the love of money and status and O deceitful tongue leads to destruction not to a “green olive tree in the house of God.” (Ps 52:8)