So many themes and symbols recurring in scripture: bread, stars, donkeys, blood, water, sheep, and FOOLS. Yes, fools… Bread I understand, Jesus is the Bread of Life, Jesus as Bread was broken and shared, Bethlehem as a city called the House of Bread, bread at the last supper, that dreamy rolling loaf of bread that allowed a victory for Gideon, and bread that Abigail shared to make peace… bread bread bread…
But FOOLS? No Foolin’… Fools show up everywhere. Being a fool for Christ, foolishness in serving others, foolishness in believing and following the understanding of the cross, these are appearances of being a fool in the word’s eyes, the view of devotion to others vs one’s self. The world does not “get” Jesus, only fools tread the road with Him and yet it is the fools who “get” Jesus meaning both they understand as they “get” Him AND He is a gift they “get”. We get Jesus if we accept His gift. He’s the gift of giving oneself.
A fool play by David, trying to avoid an enemy, was a ploy, a tactic. He was escaping Saul but also all of his enemies. He wondered what God had planned next. In Gath, he did not like the ruler Achish, so David acted the fool, acted insane and escaped because he was NOT ready for measuring up to the rumors of his greatness. Isn’t that like us, not wanting to trust how God made us, not wanting to venture out as us, but rather pull back.
Do we need to act the fool? Our escape from our enemies is and was calculated by God BEFORE we were born. So we DON’T need to act the fool, but we do need to be TRUE to the ONE WHO SAVES. And we need to trust if He brought us this far, He will keep guiding us too.
Surely He has a plan for today, each step He will lead. We may look like a fool to those who don’t understand our commitments, our walk, our drive, but we are to know that we ARE delivered from evil. We do have worldliness in our human ways, but our save is from His Save, we are being delivered into His Hands. Keep walking there. Keep sharing the love He brought into the world for His purpose.
David at Gath (1Samuel 21:10-22:5)
That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: “‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?”
David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.
Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”
David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.
But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.