Saul has become such a strange character. He loves David one minute, then burns with jealousy the next.

1 Samuel 18:5 Whatever Saul gave David to do, he did it-and did it well. So well that Saul put him in charge of his military operations. Everybody, both the people in general and Saul’s servants, approved of and admired David’s leadership.

We all remember the flannel graphs that depict David singing for Saul when Saul’s mood was especially foul. We also remember the flannel graph spear that was aimed at David’s head. What I do not remember from that lesson in Sunday school was the wording of the scripture.

1 Samuel 18:10 The next day an ugly mood was sent by God to afflict Saul, who became quite beside himself, raving. David played his harp, as he usually did at such times. Saul had a spear in his hand.11 Suddenly Saul threw the spear, thinking, “I’ll nail David to the wall.” David ducked, and the spear missed. This happened twice.

Did you get that? Did you read how God sent this dark mood to Saul? Here it is again, just in case you missed it…

1 Samuel 19:9 But then a black mood from God settled over Saul and took control of him. He was sitting at home, his spear in his hand, while David was playing music.10 Suddenly, Saul tried to skewer David with his spear, but David ducked. The spear stuck in the wall and David got away. It was night.

I’m a bit baffled. God sent an “ugly mood” a “black mood” to afflict Saul. What is up with that? Does anyone out there have a thought on this one?