Thursday, April 13, 2017

Falsely Accused

Once upon a time, there was a righteous dude named Ahimelech. He was minding his own business, doing a fine job as a priest in a place called Nob. During this time, David had already killed Goliath, was best friends with Jonathan, the king's son, was married to the king's daughter, and was well-liked by e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e,                         except King Saul. King Saul was jealous of David. 
The story is told in 1 Samuel 22 that a gossipy scoundrel named Doeg the Edomite told King Saul that the Priest Ahimelech helped David out by giving him bread and the sword of Goliath while David was on the run.  Of course, Ahimelech, being a normal priest and being about the things of God--not gossip about the royals--had no idea that King Saul was upset with his son-in-law David.  Ahimelech prayed for David and blessed him. Instead of butting in and warning Ahimelech that David was not on good terms, Doeg went and told King Saul on him. Ahimelech told Saul he was innocent and had no idea--and was in fact fully believing he was being a blessing to the King by his actions. But no dice.  Doeg killed Ahimelech, all the priests of Nob and their wives and children and animals. Doeg wasn't just a tattle-tail, he was a murderer. Evil. 

I've never had anyone accuse me falsely to this degree.  I CANNOT possibly relate to that.  But I have repeatedly been misunderstood and falsely accused. And it stinks. It makes me so angry. My pride is injured and I cry out for justice. The Bible is full of stories of things I can sympathize with. But answers? Wow. Ahimelech never got a gold star for being sweet and helpful. Instead he got death. 
Time to count my blessings. 
Could be worse.
God, grant me the wisdom to understand your word better. Help me to see beyond the words on the page to the Holy Father, the Master Creator, the Loving Bridgroom. Help me to see from your perspective instead of filtering everything through my selfish eyes.  Help me to better sympathize with others when they are hurting from being falsely accused.

ImageAhimelech Gives David the Shewbread by Votive Interiors Commons http://votiveinteriors.commons.bgc.bard.edu/ahimelech-gives-david-the-shewbread/