HE DID IT HIS WAY
The demise of King Saul came after he lost favor with God and his son Jonathan found favor; because Jonathon truly believed the words of the LORD God. Jonathon and one other person, his armor bearer, with no weapons completely destroyed a garrison of the Philistines. That’s impressive!! ( read 1 Samuel 13:19 – 14:16 for the complete story) There is a lot more about Saul and how he conducted himself as the King of Israel, suffice it to say– being tempted and walking head on into sin was the norm for him. Finally, Samuel came to Saul one last time to give him the instructions/commands of the LORD.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ” 1 Samuel 15:2-3
Did Saul do as told? Of course not, as we read in 1 Samuel 15:8-9
“He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”
Saul decided, on his own, to keep the good things of the Amalekites for himself but the less useful things he did as the LORD commanded! How arrogant! Saul’s PRIDE kept him from giving heed to the Lord’s words. Instead he ignored the LORD God’s command and did what he wanted or what the people wanted. His faith in the LORD had ceased to be the guideline for his life. Saul was a man of God at one point, but he lost favor with the LORD because his focus was on Saul! The sin of the PRIDE OF LIFE did him in!
When the pride of life keeps anyone from following the Lord’s commands~~it is like telling God, “I am my own god and I can do things my way” Can you imagine anyone who claims to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord thinking like that? This is happening flagrantly throughout the church today and it burdens my heart deeply. Jude’s one chapter letter speaks volumes (even with such few words) on this subject of keeping the faith!
1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: (we are servants, set apart and preserved for God’s purpose)
2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. (God’s prosperity gifts to us!! )
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (earnestly contend: fight for the truth!!)
4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. [ungodly men in the church (creeping in unnoticed) making God’s grace extend to accepting the sin of fornication and denying that Jesus IS THE CHRIST!] NKJV
The first four verses of Jude’s letter are extraordinary. They give us insight into what we see happening today. We’re living in times when multitudes of people are being led astray by men who speak “sweet little lies”, filled with deceit, meant to lead the church down the broad road of destruction. Why? Because the “pride of life” keeps us away from God and His Word and thinking we can live this life our way and still please God. Ask yourself this question Do I know what I believe; why I believe it and what does God’s Word say about it? If for any reason you struggle with any part of this question… go before the throne of the One who gave us everlasting life and in humble prayer ask our Almighty God to help you. And get into the Word!! Read the Word, heed the Word and then seed the Word in truth, everywhere you go. I pray that you read the Word with sincerity, daily, for your own spiritual relationship with our Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Streim~