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April 12, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 13 (ESV)

Saul lived for one year and then became king, and when he had reigned for two years over Israel, Saul chose three thousand men of Israel. Two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. The rest of the people he sent home, every man to his tent. Jonathan defeated the garrison of the Philistines that was at Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear.” And all Israel heard it said that Saul had defeated the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel had become a stench to the Philistines. And the people were called out to join Saul at Gilgal.....Continue Reading

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  1. 13And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.

  2. I knew there was something I liked about Samuel: he arrived late, but he still got there. Sounds a little like you know who (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Saul is in a pickle with the Philistines breathing down his neck and his army afraid, hiding and scattering. It certainly would help to invoke God’s blessing, presence, power and protection by offering the called for sacrifices. But Samuel, the one who should do the offering is……well, late. It is a good reminder that God wants a right thing done in a right way. Change either of those and it doesn’t work. And Saul pays the price. Don’t miss the promise lost as mentioned in the scriptures above. It sounds like the everlasting throne of David would have been the everlasting throne of Saul.

    And Israel is without weapons. It certainly shows the importance of entering battle with the tools to fight and defend…..how about us and our armor (Ephesians 6). But I also wonder why there are no blacksmiths. Was it a lack of effort, a lack of recognizing the need (its a pretty bad idea to get your swords sharpened by your enemy), or is it a lack of courage (maybe the Philistines didn’t allow it). Interesting little section…..

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