17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!
18 And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD,
19 And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest
1 Chronicles 11:17-19.
Thirsty as a priest may get, he may not drink every willing sacrifice that the people bring to him. Some sacrifice represents the blood of those who have hazarded their lives to bring it, mighty men though the bringers might be. To drink such sacrifice could be like drinking their blood, and we dare not eat blood, for the life is in the blood (Deuteronomy 12:23). We are not vampire priests, drinking blood sacrifices.
I recently visited a city on a short missionary trip and met a ministry son with his wife. They gave me an envelope of money. I realized it came out of a troubled home, a troubled ministry, a trouble business practice. They would gladly have received the money they were giving me, but I needed money, too, any money. I sensed that the money was meant to be a seed that should speak life into their dwindling world. I went away with the money, but I had to pour it out before the Lord as undrinkable sacrifice. I gave it as offering to the work of the Lord.
God would not have killed David if he had drunk that water, but it was his discretion not to drink it. To drink such a sacrifice may not make the drinker a vampire, but God leaves it to the discretion of the priest-king what to do with such water.
Kings beloved should be careful how rashly they express a wish. It could turn out to be some passionate fan’s mortal sacrifice.
From The Preacher’s diary,
November 10, 2010