Ishmael was angry when he heard about Silver-tongue. She in turn got angry at him. He was in the same company, and he wanted her as well. Who was he to talk? Taking up her sword, she asked “Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?” Proverbs 20:6
Ishmael did not understand. She aimed her sword at Ishmael, wanting to wound him. After Silver-tongue, the Princess had made a vow to herself never to get involved with another married man, and now she had nearly repeated the mistake with Ishmael. “Who are you to get angry?” she snarled, “You are just like him, you are just like them!”
Stung, Ishmael replied “Yaaaa, I think you are right! It is better to FORGET IT.” She had more to say to Ishmael, but the King got in front of her. “Let him go” He commanded, adding “he is not the one you must fight. You have to forgive” he stated. She looked at him with anger and deep hurt in her eyes. “If you are ever going to have a future, you have to let him go” the King repeated.
The anger came back like a boomerang, directed at herself. What was wrong with her? Why was she still friends with Ishmael, who could not be trusted? Could she not trust herself? The self-esteem that had been restored by Ishmael came at the cost of self- respect. An affair with a married man was vomit she did not want to return to.
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11.
She studied a passage from the scriptures that she did not much like.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-9
The Princess flinched from the accusation she heard in the words. “Am I a woman who while always learning, can never learn?” she asked in anguish. The King came to her and sat her down so that they were eye to eye, brushed her hair back and met her tear filled eyes. “Listen to me carefully. Over the centuries that I gave my words through men, I could not always do much about the tone or delivery.
My servant, the apostle Paul did not mince his words. He was a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee. I did not intend what you heard. When the man you called Silver-tongue wormed his way into your home, you were too trusting, swayed by desires that brought you harm. Even though he’s intelligent, because of that pride and false image of himself, he’s always learning, but never able to come to know the truth.”
Understanding came. Wiping the tears from her smarting eyes and blowing her nose, she reflected on what she heard; “We need to be really careful in the last days, because there are bad people who prey on trusting people – people whose desires will cause them harm. The abusers look for these vulnerable people to exploit, but it doesn’t matter how clever the abusers think they are, or how much psychology they learn – they will never change.”
“Can people change the colour of their skin, or a leopard change its spots? If they could, then they that do nothing but evil could learn to do what is right.” Jeremiah 13:23
The Princess replied “I now understand why got me to guard myself with the words from Psalm 101.”
“The deeds of faithless men I hate;
They will not cling to me.
Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with evil.
He smiled and said “It worked. In the years that your home was an unsafe place, I never stopped guarding you and the children. You were in the double fisted grip of the Father all the way. I will never break that grip. She smiled at Him in gratitude, thinking of the first words she had ever heard from Him back at the Pits. He had said;
“How can I give you up, Israel?
How can I abandon you?
My heart will not let me do it!
My love for you is too strong.” Hosea 11
She said “Thank you for your fatherly care of us, and for never giving up on me.”