Monday, February 15th, 2016
King Saul's... (Part 6)
So Samuel said:
'Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the Voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.'
1 Samuel 15:22-23 (NKJV)
When King Saul disobeyed the order of the Lord concerning the Amalekites, when Samuel announced Saul's disinheritance and dethroning as a result (although the Lord's fulfillment of these punishments would occur eighteen years later),** an alarming comparison is made:
'Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft' (1 Samuel 15:23).
Saul's rebellion took the form of plunder: the Amalekite's best sheep and oxen. He defended his prize acquisitions, claiming they would be sacrificed to God. But if God refuses evil booty, who will stand in the gap to accept it?
Satan, 'The deceiver of the whole world' (Revelation 12:9), descends into spiritual voids.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When Christians abandoned Hollywood, they left an invisible vacuum. Where God is not, the devil can come. Where light is not, the darkness can reign.
Only God's superior power can effectively fight the occult. Therein, your presence in media is desperately necessary: to once again shine the light of God; to give outsiders a chance to see the One Who radiates hope and joy.
Even so, be savvy observers of the devil's subtle deceptions. When demons are dressed up like darlings, when witches are pictured as heroes, when big stars parade around naked, when kids are tempted to copy them, a bad power switch has been flipped.
I don't believe King Saul understood how Satan played him like a fiddle, how out of tune he was becoming, how one bad note led to another: disobedience to rebellion, then rebellion to evil spirits, then evil spirits to delusion.
To Be Continued...
* I believe King Saul battled evil spirits and occult practices, evidenced when 'Saul had put the mediums and the spiritists out of the land' (1 Samuel 28:3) following Samuel's death. But his heart was divided. Sadly, he secretly visited a medium the night before his own death. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+samuel+28&version=NKJV. Continuing disobedience took Saul further and further away from God. Without God's power, who can fight Satan?
* Previous AMTC 2-part Devo Series: Monster High: http://amtcdevotions.org/monster-high-part-1
* I've written several series and devotions on media's obsession with the occult and how it influences our kids. If you type the word, 'occult' into the search box on AMTC's devotion website, you can see a list. http://amtcdevotions.org
* Witchcraft: Fascinating, referenced article: http://www.acts17-11.com/witchcraft.html
** Timeline of King Saul's life: http://biblehub.com/timeline/1_samuel/1.htm
*** Matthew 12:43-45: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+12%3A43-45&version=NKJV
*** Article: The Fearful Results of Spiritual Relapse: http://www.gospeltruth.net/1852OE/520609_spritul_relapse.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.