Saturday, April 14, 2012
Welcome to Day 104 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Samuel 15:1 “Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD. 2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
7 “Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east of Egypt. 8 He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. 9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.”
24 “Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the LORD’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.”
2 Samuel 16:11 “So he [Samuel] asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he [David] is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.”
1 Chronicles 5 The tribes east of the Jordan River are discussed. This material is in four sections: Reuben (1–10); Gad (11–17); a brief narrative (18–22); and the half-tribe of Manasseh (23–26). The hope is that these tribes will be included in the nation after the return from exile in Babylon. (Reformation Study Bible)
Matthew 1:16 “… and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.”
Lineage is of great importance.
At least is was in Jesus’ case. I believe it is for all of us at some level. Who we are stems, from where we came from. (DNA is a powerful thing.) In Jesus’ case, it was one more validation of his Messiahship. The Messiah had to come from the house and lineage of David.
Our family has traced it’s roots back to 1780, to Pennsylvania, to Isaac Sliver. That’s it. Stops there. ALL THE WAY to Pennsylvania… (just seems kind of funny to me.) When some families can trace their heritage back to England, Germany, or wherever, back to the 1,400’s? I may have to do some more digging…
Seven generations I can go back… But the genealogy of Jesus went back FORTY TWO generations to just Abraham! In rough numbers, Adam was born 4,000 BC, Abraham, 2,000 BC, David, 1.000 BC. Jesus’ lineage is well documented, all the way back to Adam, in Luke 3!
Funny how God chose David…
His father, Jesse, didn’t even bother to bring him in front of Samuel. Samuel had to ask, “Is this all of your sons? Do you have any more sons??” Oh… wait… there’s David… but he’s out tending the sheep… (Like, why bother? It couldn’t possibly be him…)
I always think it’s funny that in 16:6, it says, “Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”
7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Then, when Samuel saw David, he still gave a description of him! v 12 “He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features.” Cracks me up.
Samuel anoints David, then in a strange twist of fate, someone recommends David to play his harp… for the king, Saul. And Saul took him into his service. This is really going to get interesting in the next day or two.
David is anointed the next king. Not Saul’s son, Jonathan… Due to Saul’s repeated disobedience. Sad story…
God chooses whom he chooses. It’s not because we are anything “special.” Not based on how we look, or even how talented we are. He calls us based on our heart…
I’m sure somewhere along the way, skill, ability, training, education, etc, all come into play… but it all starts with the heart.
How about this verse? “A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2. And Psalm 44:21 says, “he knows the secrets of the heart.”
I can’t hide anything from God. He knows my inmost thoughts. Every word I’m about to say. What I’m thinking, even the stuff that doesn’t come out of my mouth… What I am really thinking…
Saul’s sin throws him into a downward spiral. Probably a mixture of anger and disappointment. Anger at himself. Anger at God… Probably anger toward Samuel. Disappointed that he was rejected as king… and that his son would never sit on the throne. Disappointed that Samuel never came to see him again… That had to hurt.
As a leader, I can’t get away from wondering how many times, like Saul, I have made a decision based on fear. When I did perhaps only 90% of what God wanted me to do, but the other 10% is what really mattered?
Saul thought it was ok to keep the best of the plunder to be offered as sacrifices. Seems reasonable, even honorable. The problem is that God told him to completely destroy everything. Men, women and children, all the livestock. Not only did he keep the best of the livestock, but he took the king captive.
Samuel had to finish the job. Right there in front of everyone… he killed King Agag with a sword.
This stuff makes my head spin sometimes…
Have you ever made a mistake that you relive to this day? (That is meant to be rhetorical…)
I bet Saul has relived this whole exchange with Samuel over and over. And it only added to the torment he was experiencing… harassed by a spirit… from God. In regret of a few of his decisions that cost him his heritage and his legacy.
Lord, help me to do what is right. I know that you desire obedience over sacrifice.
Help me to be obedient to your word and to the leading of your Spirit.