“Raised, Anointed, Sent”

February 6, 2018

“Raised, Anointed, Sent”

Blessings folk!

The bleating of the sheep…
The lowing of the oxen…
Provided empirical evidence that Saul and the people were disobedient.

The Lord had told them to destroy everything.
They did not.

Much like us.
We tend to have “selective obedience”.

Read on…

1Sa 15:14-19
But Samuel said,
“What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed.”

Then Samuel said to Saul,
“Wait, and let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!”

Samuel said,
“Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes,
you were made the head of the tribes of Israel?
And the LORD anointed you king over Israel,

and the LORD sent you on a mission, and said,
‘Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites,
and fight against them until they are exterminated.’

“Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD,
but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD?”

Saul sought to justify the act.

Saul “threw his people under the bus”.

  • They brought them…
  • The people spared the best…
  • The people did so to “sacrifice”…

But…there is that word again…we utterly destroyed everything else.

Samuel was having nothing to do with it.
He cut Saul off.
This likely spared Saul greater humiliation.
Samuel said, “let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night…”

The bottom line…
God provided.
God instructed.

Why did you not obey?
Yet, you rushed upon the spoil and did evil in the sight of the Lord.

Too many do likewise today.

Remember, if you are a true believer…
- God raised you up.
- God anointed you.
- God sent you.

Rush not to evil.