Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
King Saul's... (Part 8)
Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 'I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My Commandments.' And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night. So when Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, saying, 'Saul went to Carmel, and indeed, he set up a monument for himself...'
1 Samuel 15:10-12 (NKJV)
I am holier than thou...
Isaiah 65:5 (NKJV)
The war with the Amalekites was a turning point for Saul. Unfortunately, his turn was not toward God, but away. Consider some of Saul's movements in this commanded campaign:
1) This war was ordered by God to avenge a previous wrong. In other words, Saul was the arrow and God was the Archer. Saul was the general and God was his Commander in Chief.
2) Saul did not fulfill God's order, but changed it for his own gain. When confronted by Samuel, King Saul defended himself. First he blamed his troops. Next he claimed it was intended for God.
3) On the way home from Amalek, Saul stopped to build a pillar: a monument of remembrance to his great war victory. Saul was bringing glory to himself, and not the Lord he served.
4) As Samuel turned to leave, Saul grabbed his garment and it tore, symbolizing the separation between God and this king. Even so, Saul begged Samuel to honor him before men.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Saul was brought down by Satan's sin: pride! He made a good show of religion, modeling hypocrisy to come--where worship leaders would split their hearts, keeping only the remnants of faith.
But we can't serve a torn piece of God. He was, is and will be always One: undivided and perfectly whole. Proud Christians are really dressed in rags, no matter how they look to the world.**
To Be Continued...
* PLEASE READ this incredibly important sermon by David Wilkerson (1931-2011), author of 'The Cross and the Switchblade.' Every Christian leader should read it. Actors, models and talent for Christ are destined for leadership. I pray to God that you read it! http://www.tscpulpitseries.org/english/1980s/ts880208.html
** Letter to the Lukewarm Church in Revelation: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A14-22&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.