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April 14, 2018

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

1 Samuel 14 (ESV)

And Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destructionall that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”

So Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand men on foot, and ten thousand men of Judah. And Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley. Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart; go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.....Continue Reading

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  1. 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 listen than the fat of rams.

  2. 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 listen than the fat of rams.
    23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
    and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.

  3. What a sad chapter. And the saddest part is that Saul thinks that he is being obedient. It certainly shows that the ends do not justify the means as some may think. Saul thinks his good intent to use the animals to sacrifice to God makes it ok and the basis of his belief that he is being obedient. But God said destroy everything. God cares about ends and the means to those ends. And obedience is better than sacrifice, because obedience is a sacrifice but it is a sacrifice of faith, and humility and self will. Far more costly things than a bull or a goat and more significant in God’s economy because they are more important in developing relationship and fellowship with Him.

    And Saul just doesn’t get…ok I’ve sinned but can you still come with me so I look good in front of the men. Where is true confession, humility and repentance?

    But I like how the chapter ends….Samuel never saw Saul again but he mourned for him, for what Saul was and what he could have been. Boy do I get that….

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