When reading 2 Samuel 21:4-6, I can’t help but think about what’s been going on in our country for the last 3 years or so, concerning the killing of black people. I can call the role, but I won’t, because sadly it’s too long and I don’t want to forget anyone.
But if you’ve been paying attention to the news of social media or the real news, you know the names of those killed, and unfortunately this is what happens; killer kills black person, killer doesn’t get charged, black people protest and create #hastags, killer gets charged, black people are satisfied, killer goes to trial, killer gets acquitted, black folk protest again and take to social media, victim’s family get awarded millions in civil suit.
Now, I’m not saying this in a manner to by cynical or insensitive, but this is usually how it goes down in a nutshell. Right?
Anyway, read verses 4-6 of 2 Samuel 21,
“They answered, “Our quarrel with Saul and his family can’t be settled with silver or gold, nor do we want to kill any Israelite.” ……….“What, then, do you think I should do for you?” David asked. 5 They answered, “Saul wanted to destroy us and leave none of us alive anywhere in Israel. 6 So hand over seven of his male descendants, and we will hang them before the Lord at Gibeah, the hometown of Saul, the Lord’s chosen king.”………..“I will hand them over,” the king answered.
For me, God is teaching us that JUSTICE IS NOT FOR SALE! Not the, not now, nor should it ever be. Dr. King said it best, “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere!”
Long story short, we can’t allow people to be killed for a price tag and those that do the killings need to be held accountable and brought to justice, by any means necessary! Malcolm X said that!!
Stay Super, Make Mighty Move, Be Blessed,
Too often in life, we place unnecessary and misplaced value on temporary possessions such as, clothes, cars, houses, family heirlooms, and money$$$$. The reality is, at any moment in our lives, we could lose the “things” we values to theft, fire, natural disaster, and misplacement. ANYTHING could happen against our will and then their gone forever!!
As a pastor, I’ve officiated and attended many funeral, but I’ve never seen the deceased be buried with their personal possessions! NEVER!!!
In this scripture, the Apostle Paul is being transported as a prisoner, on his way to Rome. Unfortunately, along the journey to Rome, they encounter a bad storm. Paul warns the Roman Soldier on board, that continuing into the storm, will eventually cause the ship to be destroyed, cargo lost, and loss of lives. They ignore Paul! However, one night on the ship, Paul has a dream and is told by an angel that, the ship and cargo will be lost, but lives will be saved!!
Whats the takeaway?? I?n life, it’s crucial that we practice Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing!! That’s PEOPLE!! Everything was lost in this story, except for the lives of the people! Remember, in life, people always come before things!
Dear Lord, remind us to people first and to use our temporary possessions to build your kingdom on earth!