Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Walking with God Part IV, Saul’s Struggle

Saul’s struggle was and is not everyone’s struggle nor should it have to be even if his or our struggles directly affect others along the way. Saul was first anointed King and transformed and empowered by the spirit of God 1 Samuel 10:6 the text says he was “turned into another man” and that God gave him another heart so that all those things would come to pass 10:9. The very changing of Saul was a paradigm shift in thinking for at the time the thoughts of whom and how one became a prophet was by linage. Saul’s transformation was accomplished by the power of God’s spirit not by lineage as was formerly believed. In 10:12 it says the act of Saul prophesizing became a proverb in itself with “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

PROVERB, mashal (mah-shahl);

Strong’s #4912

This noun comes from the verb mashal, “to compare to be similar like a proverb” If you look only at the book of Proverbs, it might appear that a proverb is a short saying containing a nugget of truth. However OT evidence represents the word in broader uses than just a pithy saying. Ex: Balaam’s long discourse is termed a mashal (Num. 23:7-24:4). As is the proverb that Saul had become part of when it was asked “Is Saul also among the prophets?” so a proverb is then a way to get you thinking whether through the book of Proverbs and pithy sayings or the extended discourse of Balaam or the philosophical question of “Is Saul also among the prophets?”.

Samuel then calls the people together in proclaiming Saul king over them but does not spare them the fact that they are indeed rejecting God once again in their desire to be like the other nations around them. Genesis 49:10 considered by most to be a messianic allusion to Jesus Christ the son of God, the true King of Israel see also; (Ezek. 21:27 Until he comes) Perhaps we get ahead of ourselves as did the desire of the people to be like the other nations in having a king instead of waiting for the prophesized king in Jesus Christ the son of God who was yet to come?

So then after Saul was found hidden among the equipment and he was brought forward from his hiding spot it was noticed again by all that there was no one like him among all the people and they all shouted “Long live the king!”. Even though the people rejected God in the act of demanding a king God gave them Saul from among themselves who was from the tribe of Benjamin when the promised king was to come from the tribe of Judah which David, Solomon and Jesus came from I guess that was overlooked by the people or perhaps we should consider it pure ignorance even though they had Samuel telling them it was wrong who was God’s voice and guidance for the people of Israel. The Genesis prophecy 49:10 or the messianic allusion was clear that the king would come from the tribe of Judah.

When something is clearly biblical such as do not judge which is mentioned as a statement many times throughout the Bible. How then do we whom are considered to be Christians; in the body of Christ allow ourselves the act of judging others when we are merely to be vessels of Gods uncommon love? Are you a vessel for God’s Love? Before you became a Christian were you a sinner? Are you a sinner still? What does the scripture say about that? Answer these questions and examine yourself before you would judge another and perhaps after a thorough self examination you may not judge others and consider yourself to be the purveyor of righteousness and an ambassador of God’s word here on earth when you are to be merely to be a vessel for his Love.

Remember Saul became king by simply looking for some donkeys that went missing he was minding his own business and got appointed king of Israel along the way. What is God appointing you to do for him? Are you willing to listen and wait for the appointment or will you rush ahead of God and find your own way?

I heard a prophetic word this week in that God is calling us all to a higher standard with His love as the common denominator… (psst spread the word)

Next – Walking with God Part V, A Good Start


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