Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 3, 2015

A Fragrance of Life to Some, and a Fragrance of Death to Others. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 29.

“1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek, while the Israelites were camping by the spring which is in Jezreel. 2 And the lords of the Philistines were proceeding on by hundreds and by thousands, and David and his men were proceeding on in the rear with Achish.  3 Then the commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?”  And Achish said to the commanders of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or rather these years, and I have found no fault in him from the day he deserted to me to this day?”  4 But the commanders of the Philistines were angry with him, and the commanders of the Philistines said to him, “Make the man go back, that he may return to his place where you have assigned him, and do not let him go down to battle with us, or in the battle he may become an adversary to us.  For with what could this man make himself acceptable to his lord?  Would it not be with the heads of these men?  5 Is this not David, of whom they sing in the dances, saying,

‘Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands’?”

6 Then Achish called David and said to him, “As the Lord lives, you have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the army are pleasing in my sight;  for I have not found evil in you from the day of your coming to me to this day.  Nevertheless, you are not pleasing in the sight of the lords.  7 Now therefore return and go in peace, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines.” 8 David said to Achish, “But what have I done? And what have you found in your servant from the day when I came before you to this day, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”  9 But Achish replied to David, “I know that you are pleasing in my sight, like an angel of God;  nevertheless the commanders of the Philistines have said, ‘He must not go up with us to the battle.’ 10 Now then arise early in the morning with the servants of your lord who have come with you, and as soon as you have arisen early in the morning and have light, depart.”  11 So David arose early, he and his men, to depart in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines.  And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.”  1 Samuel Chapter 29.

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To Achish, David was pleasing in his sight, like “an angel of God”.  Verse 9.

But, to the Philistines, David was not pleasing in their sight, but like their “adversary”.  Verse 4.

“For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;  to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.  And who is adequate for these things?”  2 Corinthians 2:15-16.

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own;  but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’  If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you;  if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.  But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.  He who hates Me hates My Father also.  If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin;  but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.  But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’”  John 15:18-25.

To some, we are like “an angel of God”;  to others, we are like “an adversary”.  To some, we are like a fragrance of life;  to others, we are like a fragrance of death.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”    2 Corinthians 2:14.

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