The Blame Game…That is No Game!

Especially today, we hear this taking place one day right after the other.  All the while, there is a Biblical story that sounds quite familiar to today, which is found in Psalm 11.  With reference back to I Samuel 21 & 22, we learn what set up the Psalm at the time David penned it.  Also, sounding much like today, verse 3 reads, “The foundations of law and order have collapsed, what can the righteous do?”  There is such an up-to-todays-date question being asked by David, we need to look at how a few other translations express his words.  The Common English Bible reads, “When the very bottom of things falls out, what can a righteous person possibly accomplish?”  The Passion translation reads, “What can the righteous accomplish when truth’s pillars are destroyed and law and order collapse?”  While the Easy to Read Version asks, “What would good people do if the wicked destroyed all that is good?”

Consider this story of David found in the pages of the Bible in I Samuel 21 & 22.  Doeg was an Edomite (a descendant from Jacob’s brother Esau) who was chief herdsman for King Saul.  Doeg saw that Ahimelech, (the high priest at the Israelite sanctuary at Nob) a town in ancient Israel nearby to Jerusalem. The priest had given aid to David, who was at that time an ‘outlaw’ with a price on his head, and Doeg reported this to Saul. Then with Saul’s order, he carried out this order to kill Ahimelech, along with eighty-five priests, as well as all the people in Nob before destroying the entire city.

Doeg along with King Saul were not finished yet!  After all the evil they committed, they then turned their attention to “The Blame Game That is No Game”.  It was then that Doeg, backed by King Saul placed all the blame on David for what had taken place in Nob, its people, along with the entire city.  Wow!  Am I reading the Bible story of thousands of years back or am I reading today’s headlines?

In Psalm 11 how did he respond?  Verse 4 through 7 gives the answer.  “The Eternal One is never shaken, He is still found in His temple of holiness, reigning as Lord and King over all. He is closely watching everything that happens, and with a glance, His eyes examine every heart.  For His heavenly rule will prevail over all.  He will test both the righteous and the wicked, exposing each heart!  God’s very soul detests those who love to resort to violence.”

John Killinger tells about the manager of a minor league baseball team who was so disgusted with his center fielder’s performance that he ordered him to the dugout and assumed the position himself.  The first ball that came into center field took a bad hop and hit the manager in the mouth.  The next one was a high fly ball, which he lost in the glare of the sun—until it bounced off his forehead.  The third was a hard line drive that he charged with outstretched arms; unfortunately, it blew between his hands and smacked him in his eye.  Furious, he ran back to the dugout, grabbed the center fielder by the uniform, and shout, “You idiot!  You’ve got center field so messed up that even I can’t do a thing with it.”

The Blame Game IS No Game!

Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie

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