Saul Slaughters the Innocent

Text: I Samuel 22:5-23
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: November 23, 2008

One of the main reasons people give for not becoming a Christian is the problem of evil ‘How can there be a good God when there is so much suffering in the world?’

In this week’s text in I Samuel we see a lot of evil. Wicked King Saul massacres not only almost all of the priests, but the women and children in their town of Nob.

Throughout human history men have committed atrocities against each other, resulting in the loss of millions of lives.

Our text and the related Psalm (52) offer a biblical perspective on human evil. Our God is working out His good purpose in spite of evildoers. Furthermore, God will bring justice to those who wickedly cause others to suffer, and He will bring vindication to those who are righteous.

The supreme answer is found in the New Testament where God enters our suffering world in the Person of Christ and subjects Himself to the full extent of evil and injustice so that evil might ultimately be conquered and eliminated.

Posted on November 23rd, 2008 | Permalink