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Powerful People and False Accusations

by on September 25, 2013


Powerful people seem to have an entitlement to do and say whatever they want without allowing anyone to challenge them.

Eliab was the oldest son of Jesse. When Samuel came to anoint a king to replace Saul, he was impressed with Eliab.

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’S anointed is before him. I Samuel 16:6

But, God said, “No.”

God chose Eliab’s little brother, David, to be anointed the next king of Israel.

Some time later, David’s older brothers were fighting in Saul’s army. Jesse sent David to carry provisions to them. David asked about the war and discovered the taunts of Goliath. As David spoke to the soldiers, Eliab addressed him roughly thus –

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the wickedness of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” I Samuel 17:28

David’s quiet response seems to indicate a long-term tension between the youngest and oldest sons of Jesse.

And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”

Eliab accused David of disobedience, insolence and lack of responsibility. What basis did he have for doing that? These accusations were false. Why the false accusations?

Eliab was an impressive person. He was the oldest son. He was a soldier. He was in Saul’s army. Why didn’t God chose him to be king? Who was this little brother anyway? Now the soldiers were talking to David and Eliab was not pleased. Little brother was getting the attention.

How like powerful people – to lash out when:
• Their position is threatened.
• Their place in their world is challenged.
• Their influence is questioned.

They are to be pitied. They are so insecure that all they can do is lash out or plot the demise of the ones getting credit that they think should be coming to them.

Who had the real power? Was it David or was it Eliab? Eliab claimed his rightful place as first born son. David accepted God’s call to rise up to God’s place. David claimed the promise of God to defeat the wicked enemy. Eliab was defeated by the enemy within his own heart.

What about you? Are you defending a tenuous political position? Are those around you defensive? Fearful of what truth might reveal? Those are the people who have to make the false accusations. They cannot deal with the truth. They must create an alternate reality that places them at the top of an unassailable pile.

They are to be pitied. They are also to be feared. Feared because their insecurity will drive them to more control by false accusations. This will give them power over those who do not have Spiritual discernment.

They must also be resisted. If they are not resisted, they will continue to destroy the truth with their false accusations. They must be resisted by healthy and strong men who will not be drawn into their damaging orbit.

What about today? Is it any different? Is Eliab still with us? Unfortunately, yes, he is still with us. He will be with us a long time.

Except by the grace of God, we are all Eliab. We are all tested. We are tested when someone bests us. When we feel replaced. We are tested. Tested to see what we are really made of. Will we be Eliab or will we be David? Will we protect our own heart or will we be a “man after God’s heart?” Which will it be? Which one are you?

It is your choice.


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