February 2018

The Word: Episode 0376 Titus 2:1-2

“The Lord Is With Him…”

February 18, 2018

“The Lord Is With Him…”

Blessings folk!

Saul’s servants had recommend that he procure a “skillful” player upon the harp to deal with the evil spirit that would come upon Saul.

The KJV says a “cunning player”.

The word translated “cunning” appears over 800 times in the OT.
It means “to know”, “to perceive” , “to discern”, to “experience”.
The Hebrew word is “yada”.
Yeah…that one made famous by Seinfeld…”yada, yada, yada”.
Literally means “you know, you know…you know what I mean”.

This player would be high skilled.
He would be intuitive.
He would know what to do upon the instrument when the evil spirit came.

Saul’s response?

1 Samuel 16:17 
So Saul said to his servants,
"Provide for me now a man who can play well and bring him to me."


Saul said bring such a man.

He left it to the discernment of the servants.

Who did they bring?

1 Samuel 16:18
Then one of the young men said,
"Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician,
a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man;
and the LORD is with him."


The servant had seen one of the sons of Jesse.
He had paid attention.

This son was…

  • A skillful musician
  • A mighty man of valor
  • A warrior
  • One prudent in speech
  • A handsome man

And most of all…

The Lord is with him.
Quite a “resume/recommendation” from the servant.

Know this.
People watch.
They see.

What are they seeing?

Oh yeah…one more thought.

The servant of Saul…the Saul that had the Lord leave him…is now telling Saul that the Lord is with this son of Jesse.

Hummmm….

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The Word: Episode 0375 Titus 1:15-16

“Bring In A Man Skillful Upon the Harp!”

February 17, 2018

“Bring In A Man Skillful Upon the Harp!”

Blessings folk!

An evil spirit…from the Lord!…came upon Saul.

Reject the Lord?
Do not be surprised when an evil spirit comes.

The Lord sent this spirit.
He allowed this spirit.
This bring some interesting questions.

Yes.
The Lord is all-powerful.
He controls all.
The questions are often ask…”why?”, “how”, etc.

We must rest and trust in the Lord.
He knows all.
He is All-Goodness.

Note what occurs.
Note the solution offered.
Note who offers it.

1Sa 16:14-16

Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.

Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you.

“Let our lord now command your servants who are before you.
Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp;
and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you,
that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well.”

Saul’s servants offered the diagnosis and the solution.
The servants that see clearly.

An evil spirit from God was terrorizing him.

The solution?

Bring in a man skillful in playing the harp.
When the spirit comes he would play.
All would be well with Saul.

Why is this?

Worship the Lord…
Praise of the Most High…
Such has tremendous power within the realm of God.

The enemy will flee when true worship is offered.

So many do not worship, even professing believers.

I see it constantly.

They wander about during corporate singing, prayer and proclamation.
They talk among themselves…often interrupting others seeking to worship.
They check their watches.
They check the worship guide.
They avoid the Spirit of the Lord.
They are open to other spirits…

Beware.

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The Word: Episode 0374 Titus 1:12-14

“Reject the Word? Terror!”

February 16, 2018

“Reject the Word? Terror!”

Blessings folk!

Samuel anointed David as King.
Samuel then arose and went to Ramah.

David was anointed King, yet he did not begin to reign as king immediately.
Jewish historian Josephus tell us that David was ten years of age when he was anointed!
Contemporary scholars believe him to be around the age of fifteen.

I am inclined toward the younger age.

So, it was 15-20 years before David began to reign as king.

Keep this in mind as we continue through the account of Samuel, Saul and David.

1Sa 16:14
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.

The Lord had told Saul that he would be removed as king and his kingdom would not continued.

1Sa 15:23
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”

1Sa 15:26
But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”


The Lord rejected him as king, though he would continue to reign for a time.

Now the Lord has removed Himself, the Spirit of the Lord, from Saul.

David was anointed as king and the Spirit was with him from that day forward.
Saul was rejected and the Spirit departed from Him.

Immediately an evil spirit came upon Saul.
The spirit terrorized him.
The evil spirit was from the Lord.

Reject the Word/Spirit of the Lord?
Expect an evil spirit.


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The Word: Episode 0373 Titus 1:10-11

“From That Day Forward…”

February 15, 2018

“From That Day Forward…”

Blessings folk!

Seven sons.
Seven rejections.
All the sons present were not God’s choice.

What next?

1Sa 16:10-13

Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel.
But Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.”

And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?”
And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.”
Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”

So he sent and brought him in.
Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance.
And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.”

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers;
and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.
And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

Jesse had one more son.
But, apparently he was considered “too young” or “dispensable”…someone had to watch the sheep.

God gave a detailed description of the son…

  • Ruddy (red)
  • Beautiful eyes
  • Handsome in appearance

David had, in the natural, what the world looks for…beautiful appearance.

The Lord then spoke to Samuel.
Arise!
Anoint!
This is he!

Samuel did.
He took the horn of oil.
He anointed David “in the midst of his brothers”.

This is/will be important.
His brothers knew that he was the anointed king.

Then, the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David FROM THAT DAY FORWARD.

Often it is said that in the Old Testament the Spirit would come upon people then leave.
This is true…but…

I have heard it taught that the Spirit did not remain with anyone in the Old Testament.
This is wrong.
The Spirit remained upon David from that day forward.

In the times that David sought the Lord.
In the times that David walked outside of the Lord…adultery, murder, etc.
The Spirit was upon David.

Today, true Believers have the Spirit within us…constantly, without ceasing.

Yes, we can refuse to abide in the Lord.
Yes, we can quench the Spirit.

Let us not do so.

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The Word: Episode 0371 Titus 1:7

John Part 1 - Lesson 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVraEZ65lyc&index=5&list=PLO-wT5vpM-kkfUMSoETd2zCZkZv0xq1kv

“I Will Show You What To Do…”

February 13, 2018

“I Will Show You What To Do…”

Blessings folk!

The Lord told Samuel to get up…quit grieving…go anoint My next king.

Samuel was concerned about his safety.
He knew the dangers.

1Sa 16:1-5

Now the LORD said to Samuel,
“How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel?
Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite,
for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.”

But Samuel said,
“How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.”
And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’

“You shall invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do;
and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you.”

So Samuel did what the LORD said, and came to Bethlehem.
And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said, “Do you come in peace?”

He said, “In peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.”
He also consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

The Lord provided a plan for Samuel.
Take a heifer.
Sacrifice unto me.
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice.

Then the Lord said this…”and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you.”

Samuel went and did as the Lord instructed.
Samuel knew what the Lord had told him to do.
Samuel knew the Lord would tell him what to do.

Do we?
Do we do as the Lord instructs?
Do we trust He will show us what to do?

When Samuel arrived in Bethlehem the elders were frightened.
Had Samuel come in peace?
He had.
He came to sacrifice.
He also came to anoint.

The Lord has done likewise for us.

He came as The Sacrifice.
He now desires to anoint us to His praise, glory and honor.

He will show us what to do.

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The Word: Episode 0370 Titus 1:6-9

“I Have Selected Myself…”

February 12, 2018

“I Have Selected Myself…”

Blessings folk!

The Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.
Regret without sin.
Regret without mistake.
Regret knowing the perfect, bigger picture of all.
Yes, beyond our understanding.

Saul grieved over Saul.

Now, watch…

1Sa 16:1

Now the LORD said to Samuel,
“How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel?
Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite,
for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.”

The Lord challenged Samuel.
“How long” would Samuel grieve over Saul?

Was it wrong for him to grieve?

Not initially.
But, once he knew that is was the will of the Lord for Saul to be deposed, then Samuel should have “moved on”.

We are not to grieve over that which has been rejected by the Lord.

The Lord tells Samuel what to do, why and where to go?
Fill your horn with oil.
Go.
Go to Jesse the Bethlehemite.

God had chosen for Himself a king from among Jesse’s sons.
A king for Himself.

Remember what the Lord had said to Saul?

1Sa 15:28
So Samuel said to him,
“The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you.

This king would be better.

Saul pleased the people - “tall, dark, handsome” thing.
This king would please the Lord (as we will see, a king after His heart).

Which do you please?
The people?
The Lord?

Are you grieving over something?
Is it time to move on in the Lord?

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The Word: Episode 0369 Titus 1:1-6

“The Lord Regretted…”

February 11, 2018

“The Lord Regretted…”

Blessings folk!

Saul went back to worship the Lord.
Samuel followed him.

1Sa 15:31
So Samuel went back following Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.


Then…
Agag, remember him?, thought all was well.
Saul thought things were “ok”.

1Sa 15:32-35

Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag, the king of the Amalekites.”
And Agag came to him cheerfully.
And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”

But Samuel said,
“As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal.

Then Samuel went to Ramah, but Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul.

Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death; for Samuel grieved over Saul.
And the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.

Agag thought he had cheated death.
He had not.
Samuel did what Saul refused to do…hewed to pieces. Ugh.

Samuel went one way.
Saul another.

Samuel never saw Saul again.
Samuel grieved over Saul.

The Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.
Really?
The Lord “regrets”?
Yes, without sin.
Yes, with omniscience.

Samuel grieved.
The Lord regretted.
Saul?
We will see.

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The Word: Episode 0368 Titus 1:1-4

“Torn From You…”

February 10, 2018

“Torn From You…”

Blessings folk!

Saul acknowledged his sin, though true repentance is doubtful.
Saul sought a pardon from Samuel.
Samuel refused.

1Sa 15:24-26

Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.

“Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the LORD.”

But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”

Saul’s reaction?

1Sa 15:27-31

As Samuel turned to go, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore.

So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you.

“Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Then he said, “I have sinned; but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, that I may worship the LORD your God.”

So Samuel went back following Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.

Saul created his own prophetic picture.

When Samuel turned to go, Saul seized the edge of is robe, presumably to stop him.
He tore the robe.

Samuel, the prophet, gave the interpretation.

  • The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today
  • The Lord has given it to your neighbor (note the timing)
  • The neighbor is better than Saul
  • The Lord, the Glory of Israel, will not lie or change His mind

Saul again declared that he had sinned.
I suspect he was closer to meaning it this time.

Saul then ask Samuel to accompany him.
He asked as a “honor”…a “favor”.

Saul desired to be honored before the elders…before the people.

Was he more concerned about what people thought than about the fact that he had just be deposed by God?

Likely.

Today it is the same.
Even professing believers are more concerned with man than with God

Such should not be.

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The Word: Episode 0367 2 Peter 3:14-18

“Please Pardon…”

February 9, 2018

“Please Pardon…”

Blessing folk!

Saul acknowledged that he had sinned.
He agreed that he had transgressed the command of the Lord.

1Sa 15:24
Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.

Yet, acknowledging sin is not synonymous with repentance.

The demons “acknowledge” the Lord…at least they shudder…yet they are not of God.

Jas 2:19
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

Saul acknowledged his sin, still he did not repent.
He explained.
He defended.
He blamed.

So many “Sauls” today.
We all “go Saul” from time-to-time”.

Watch what he does next.

1Sa 15:25
“Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the LORD.”

Saul wants Samuel to pardon his sin.
Saul wants Samuel to return with him…by his side.
Why?
So that Saul may worship the Lord.

Looks good…on the surface.

Samuel saw through it.
Samuel knew what the Lord had decided.

1Sa 15:23
…Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”

Saul was rejected.
Samuel did not want to have anything to do with him.

1Sa 15:26
But Samuel said to Saul,
“I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD,
and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”

Saul’s reaction?

We will see that tomorrow…

Remember, the Lord desires obedience rather than sacrifice.
Obedience to His Word.
Obedience to the Spirit.

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The Word: Episode 0366 2 Peter 3:10-14

“I Feared…”

February 8, 2018

“I Feared…”

Blessings folk!

Saul had rebelled against the Lord.
Saul thought that his faux sacrifice explanation would be pleasing…appeasing…to the Lord.

He was wrong.

The Lord tells us.
Obedience is better than sacrifice.

So many today…most?…are all astir with “busy-ness” for the Lord, yet they walk not in obedience.

The Lord details the seriousness of such.
Rebellion is as unto the sin of divination (witchcraft).
Insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.

1Sa 15:23
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”

Rebellion.
Divination.
Insubordination.
Iniquity.
Idolatry.

For these reasons the Lord rejects Saul as king.

For these reasons modern day religionists are rejected.

What did Saul do?

1Sa 15:24
Then Saul said to Samuel,
“I have sinned;
I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words,
because I feared the people and listened to their voice.

Initially it looks good.
Saul professed that he had sinned.
He agreed that he has transgressed the command of the Lord and the words of Samuel.
But…
Then this…
He resumes seeking to justify and defend himself.
He blames the people.
He declared that he feared the people.
He claimed that he listened to the voice of the people.

This is rampant among “church leadership” today.

Rare is the “leader” who seeks the mind of the Lord.

Common is the “leader” whose every move and thought is motivated by fear of the people.

We are not to fear one another.
We are not to fear the people.
We are to fear the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0365 2 Peter 3:9-10

“Reject? Rejected!”

February 7, 2018

“Reject? Rejected!”

Blessings folk!

Saul continues to defend his action.
He continues to be defensive.
He continues to justify.
He continues to “throw his people under the bus”.
He continues to speak of sacrifices “to your God”.

There is much in these verses.
Read.

1Sa 15:20-23

Then Saul said to Samuel,
“I did obey the voice of the LORD, and went on the mission on which the LORD sent me,
and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

“But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen,
the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”

Samuel said,
“Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.

“For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
He has also rejected you from being king.”


Saul declared that he did obey the voice of the Lord.
He did.
He went on the mission.
But he did not utterly destroy the Amalekites.
He brought back their king, Aga.

Saul blamed, again, the people.

Again, Samuel is having nothing to do with the excuses.

Samuel then brings forth profound truths.

Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifice?
No!
He delights in obedience.

To obey is better than sacrifice.
To heed is better than the fat of the lamb.

Saul and the people were going the way of Cain.
They sought to approach the Lord the way they wanted to.

We learn more.
This is a biggie.

Rebellion is as the sin of divination.
Rebellion is witchcraft.
Insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.

He had rejected the Word of the Lord.
Because of that, the Lord was rejecting him as king.

Whoa!!

The Word for us…true believers?

Most of what we do, we do “in the name of the Lord”.
Most has nothing to do with what the Lord has instructed/commanded.

We reject much of what He desires for us to do.
We reject much of what He has equipped us with.

We claim that we are doing great things (sacrifices to your Lord), yet we refuse obedience.

We will be held accountable.

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The Word: Episode 0364 2 Peter 3:7-8

“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.

Obey.
Rush not to evil.

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The Word: Episode 0363 2 Peter 3:1-6

“What Then Is This Bleating…?”

February 5, 2018

“What Then Is This Bleating…?”

Blessings folk!

Saul and the people refused to fully obey the command of the Lord.

They did not utterly destroy all of Amalek and their possessions.

They spared the best of the livestock.

What happened next?

Humorous if not so serious…

1Sa 15:10-14

Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying,

“I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands.” And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the LORD all night.
Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was told Samuel, saying,
“Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and proceeded on down to Gilgal.”

Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him,
“Blessed are you of the LORD!
I have carried out the command of the LORD.”

But Samuel said,
“What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

The Word of the Lord came to Samuel.
The Lord told Samuel His heart…regret. Interesting. The Lord regretted.
The Lord told Samuel what had happened.
Saul turned his back on the Lord.
Saul did not carry out the command of the Lord.

Samuel’s response

  • Distressed
  • Cried out to the Lord all night

Samuel went to meet Saul.

What had Saul done?
  • Set up a monument for himself
  • Proceded to Gilgal

Samuel came to Saul.
Saul’s response
Excited!
“Blessed are you of the Lord!”
“I have carried out the command of the Lord”

Saul was thrilled with what had happened.
He did not see…?
He cared not about…?
What he had done.

Samuel’s response?
One of the best lines in all of Scripture.
After Saul was proclaiming his faithfulness to the commandment of the Lord, Samuel says “what then is this bleating of the seep in my hearts and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

The empirical evidence betrayed Saul’s declaration of faithfulness.

Oops.

May we have eyes to see, hears to hear.

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The Word: Episode 0362 2 Peter 3:1-4

“Not Willing to Utterly Destroy”

February 4, 2018

“Not Willing to Utterly Destroy”

Blessings folk!

There is so much for us to learn from the Old Testament.
So many principles.
So many truths.
So many warnings.

Read…what do you think the “most important” word is?

1Sa 15:1-9

Then Samuel said to Saul,
“The LORD sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel;
now therefore, listen to the words of the LORD.

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel,
how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt.

‘Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him;
but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”

Then Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim,
200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men of Judah.

Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley.

Saul said to the Kenites,
“Go, depart, go down from among the Amalekites, so that I do not destroy you with them;
for you showed kindness to all the sons of Israel when they came up from Egypt.”
So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.

So Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah as you go to Shur, which is east of Egypt.

He captured Agag the 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 not willing to destroy them utterly;
but everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

Samuel reminded Saul that the Lord had anointed him as king at the hand of Samuel.
So, listen to the Word of the Lord.

This was the Word of the Lord - not Samuel’s.

God told Saul to go and to strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he (Amalek) had.
Simple.
To the point.
How could one not understand?

Especially when the Lord clarified.

Put to death:

  • Men
  • Women
  • Child
  • Infant
  • Ox
  • Sheep
  • Camel
  • Donkey

Many struggle with this.
Why would God do so?
The short answer is because of who Amalek was and what they had done (maybe we will chase that later).

Did you catch the word?

“But…”!

Saul and people spared the best of:
  • Sheep
  • Oxen
  • Fatlings
  • Lamb

They captured Agag.

Yes, they utterly destroyed all the people, yet they were not willing to utterly destroy the best of the livestock.

Why?

Greed.
Rebellion against the Lord.

Nothing changes.
Today, even those that profess to “be of God” do not do what He instructs.
We think we know better.

We do not.

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The Word: Episode 0361 2 Peter 3:1-3

“Saul: Valiant!”

February 2, 2018

“Saul: Valiant!”

Blessings folk!!

If we were to draw a comprehensive conclusion from Saul’s “foolish oath” we might think that he did not do well as a military king.

We would be wrong.

Read the following.

Give close attention to…
  • Who was fought…outcome
  • Family relationships

This passage sets the accounts that are to follow…with Saul, with David.

 1Sa 14:47-52

Now when Saul had taken the kingdom over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, the sons of Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines;
and wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment.

He acted valiantly and defeated the Amalekites,
and delivered Israel from the hands of those who plundered them.

Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan and Ishvi and Malchi-shua;
and the names of his two daughters were these:
the name of the firstborn Merab and the name of the younger Michal.

The name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz.
And the name of the captain of his army was Abner the son of Ner, Saul’s uncle.

Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.

Now the war against the Philistines was severe all the days of Saul;
and when Saul saw any mighty man or any valiant man, he attached him to his staff.

Saul fought against all his enemies.
He inflicted punishment.
He was valiant.
He delivered Israel from those who plundered them.

Saul had three sons and two daughters.
One son and one daughter will play prominent roles in the Biblical narrative.

Cousin Abner is important…as are all. Some have more detail.

The war was severe all the days of Saul, perhaps because they did not have total victory at the beginning?

Therefore, Saul grabbed every mighty and valiant man that came his way.

Wonder how this will end…

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“You Shall Surely Die”

February 2, 2018

“You Shall Surely Die”

Blessings folk!!

Let us complete the “Saul’s Foolish Oath” story.

You will remember that Saul had declared that no one would eat until he was avenged.

This cost him total victory over the Philistines due to the people’s lack of strength.

It was about to cost him more…

1Sa 14:36-46

Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and take spoil among them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” So the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.”

Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines?
Will You give them into the hand of Israel?” But He did not answer him on that day.

Saul said, “Draw near here, all you chiefs of the people,
and investigate and see how this sin has happened today.

“For as the LORD lives, who delivers Israel, though it is in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But not one of all the people answered him.

Then he said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side.” And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.”

Therefore, Saul said to the LORD, the God of Israel, “Give a perfect lot.”
And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the people escaped.

Saul said, “Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son.” And Jonathan was taken.

Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” So Jonathan told him and said, “I indeed tasted a little honey with the end of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am, I must die!”

Saul said, “May God do this to me and more also, for you shall surely die, Jonathan.”

But the people said to Saul, “Must Jonathan die, who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Far from it! As the LORD lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people rescued Jonathan and he did not die.

Then Saul went up from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place.

Saul wanted to continue the battle…by night…to take spoil and kill the Philistines.

The people’s response?
“Do whatever seems good to you”
They said this often.

So, the priest wanted to draw near to God…check with God about the plan.
Saul asked the Lord, “shall I go…?”
The Lord did not answer.
Saul took the Lord’s silence to mean that there was sin in the camp

Saul actually declared that even if it was he or Jonathan who had sinned, they would die.

The people knew who it was.
Jonathan had broken the oath of Saul to not eat.
Jonathan was innocent.
He did not know of the oath.

Lots were cast to determine the guilty.
Saul asked the Lord to give a “perfect lot”.
The Lord did.
Saul and Jonathan were taken by lot and the people escaped.
Then Jonathan was revealed by lot.

Jonathan told what happened.
He prepared to die.

Saul was prepared to kill him.

Yet, the people rose up.
Enough of this foolishness…”as the Lord lives”.
They declared:

  • Jonathan must not die
  • He brought great deliverance to Israel that day
  • Not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground
  • He had worked for God that day
The people rescued Jonathan.

Saul ceased the pursuit.
The Philistines went home.
Total victory was lost.

Leaders can do foolish things.
People, especially the masses, can do foolish things.

If we act without seeking the Lord, we will do foolish things.

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The Word: Episode 0359 2 Peter 2:1-19

“Eating With Blood…”

February 1, 2018

“Eating With Blood…”

Blessings folk!

Saul’s foolish oath led to even more consequences.

It caused the people to sin.

How?

Read…

1Sa 14:31-35

They struck among the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon.
And the people were very weary.

The people rushed greedily upon the spoil, and took sheep and oxen and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.

Then they told Saul, saying, “Behold, the people are sinning against the LORD by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have acted treacherously; roll a great stone to me today.”

Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them,
‘Each one of you bring me his ox or his sheep, and slaughter it here and eat;
and do not sin against the LORD by eating with the blood.’”

So all the people that night brought each one his ox with him and slaughtered it there.

And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.

Israel fought the Philistines all day.
The people were very weary…worn down…unsustained due to lack of food.

When the battle ceased the people “rushed greedily upon the spoil”.

They took sheep, oxen and calves and ate them raw…with the blood…uncooked.

A sin before the Lord.

Why is it a sin?

Because life is in the blood…

Gen 9:4
“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Lev 17:14
“For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life.
Therefore I said to the sons of Israel,
‘You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood;
whoever eats it shall be cut off.’

Lev 19:26
‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.

 Deu 12:23
“Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life,
and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.

The Lord had made it clear.
Yet, the people were desperate.
They committed a treacherous act.

Saul led them in repenting.
They brought sacrifices before the Lord.

Saul built an altar to the Lord…then this interesting statement..“it was the first altar that he built to the Lord.”

Wonder if he should have built one earlier rather than sitting under the pomegranate tree?


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