1Samuel 9-12

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1Samuel 9-12

Daily Thought

Saul looked the part of king. Israel’s Charlton Heston, a rich kid, a tall, handsome young man. “There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people” (1Samuel 9:2). He was the right man for the job, because the people were looking for a king “like all the nations” (1Samuel 8:5). Saul was a king after man’s heart.

It is not on the outside what makes the man, however, and though Saul looked the part, he proved a coward. The signs were evident early, had the people looked.  “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage” (1Samuel 10:22). Courage is not the absence of fear, so Saul might be excused for cowering at the start. We, too, hide ourselves among the baggage. We have our excuses. “I’m really not sure I can do that”; but God responds, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2Corinthians 12:9). We point out others more qualified. “On the contrary,” says God, “the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” (1Corinthians 12:22). We have this other obligation at the moment, but when it’s over, call me. A disciple tried that one, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” His dad wasn’t dead; he just wanted to wait until he was. Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead” (Matthew 8:21-22). “Sports! Band! The job! Homework! Laundry! Life!” We hide in the baggage. “Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them” (Matthew 13:7-8).

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is doing the right thing no matter, answering the call, responding despite our fear, and Saul never rose to the task. Saul could stand tall, taller than any in Israel; but he didn’t.

Daily Prayer

What a wonderful Creator. I look around at the world, the skies and the land, filled with marvelous works of Your hand. I cannot help but stop and marvel.

Then I read, “Let us make man in our own image, male and female. Let them rule over land and sea and air.” God, I pray that I rule well the kingdom you put in front of me. I pray that I display Your wisdom in all I say and do.

God, I am willing and I need Your help.

Amen

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5 thoughts on “1Samuel 9-12

  1. Adrienne says:

    Back in Judges, there is a story of a Levite (a priest) who sojourns with the tribe of Benjamin in Gibeah. Instead of taking care of him as a traveler, they demand he be given to them. He throws out his concubine instead, and she is raped to death. He cuts her up, and sends her pieces to the other tribes as a war call against the tribe of Benjamin. Benjamin is decimated. Any town that didn’t send people to fight are slaughtered.
    Fast forward to the time of Samuel. A Benjaminite sojourns to the house of the priest. He is fed, treated as the guest of honour, and anointed as king. Later he calls out the people for war against the Ammonites by cutting an oxen in pieces and sending it out to the tribes. The people are victorious, and they call out for the tribes who refused to follow Saul to kill them. Instead he pardons them.
    Fast forward even more. The chief priest, the very Son of God sojourns here on earth. He is beaten, despised, and killed. He is his own sacrificial concubine and oxen. He then wages and wins his own war against death itself, securing victory for the entire human race. How awesome is this true King we have now been given?

    1. Tori says:

      Kewl you should come up with that. Exetelcnl!

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