We read yesterday in 1 Chr 10:13-14, that Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD, and that it was the LORD who killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David. Today we read that an Amalekite came and told David that he had killed Saul, as he lay dying after he had fallen on his sword.
That it was an Amalekite that killed the LORD’s anointed is interesting … for the LORD said of the Amalekites:
“… because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” Exo 17:16
Just as there are types of Messiah in Scripture, such as Isaac, Joseph, and David, so there are types of antichrist in Scripture, and I believe Amalek is one of these. Whenever we read of him throughout the Old Testament, he is at war with Israel, attacking, oppressing, plundering, and killing him if he is able. Therefore the LORD said, He will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
So it was also, that an Amalekite killed the LORD’s anointed, and David had him executed because of it. The Amalekite certainly didn’t run to David’s camp with the crown and bracelet, in order to be executed. I am sure he thought he would get a big reward from David, who all Israel knew had been anointed to serve as king instead of Saul, and who Saul had made his enemy. But David, whose heart was after the LORD’s own heart, executed Saul’s killer instead of rewarded him, for it was Saul who had made David his enemy, it was not David who had made Saul his enemy. David refused to be at enmity with the LORD’s anointed, even though the hand of the LORD was against him.
Let the Body of Messiah learn from David, as far as it depends upon us, to live in peace with all men, and especially with the LORD’s anointed, refusing to be at enmity with him, but in everything honoring from the heart him to whom honor is due!
So even though the Amalekites were under judgment and destined to be destroyed as a people, down to the last man, woman, and child, because they are God’s enemies forever, God used an Amalekite to bring about His will against Saul, for in Chronicles it says that it was the LORD who killed him.
Make no mistake: the LORD is on His throne, and He reigns over heaven and earth. Even those who are actively working against Him, such as the spirit of antichrist, cannot exalt themselves against the LORD and thwart Him, for the LORD can even use the antichrist to bring about all that He has said will be accomplished. He is sovereign! And just as David executed the Amalekite who had lifted his hand against the LORD’s anointed, so Messiah will execute all the enemies of the LORD and of the LORD’s anointed, as He returns to establish His kingdom.