CHARACTER STUDY: KING SAUL.-2

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 10:6 ” And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.”

The Lord through Samuel had anointed Saul to be king. From 1st Samuel 10:3-13 the Lord led Saul through a number of supernatural experiences. He was told that he would first meet some three men who would give him certain items. Later on his way, he would meet a group of prophets and among whom the Spirit of the Lord will come upon him and he would prophecy. Why was God doing all these things? God always gives the people he has called certain encounters that become a point of reference for their trust in him. These encounters make those God call aware of His supernatural power.

From 1st Samuel 10:17-24 Samuel gathered the children of Israel at Mizpah and choose from the family of Benjamin, Saul. In verse 22 Saul hid himself in some bushes. What does this reveal about Saul? This act was a sign of fear, depicting self-centeredness. It is a dangerous sign. A selfless individual place the interest of God and the call of God ahead of his personal views and fears. Well this is very normal with most people and they soon overcome it as they yield themselves to the Lord’s call. Did Saul come out of his self-centeredness? We would see as his story progresses. In 1st Samuel 11, God allowed a challenge to prove to all that he had called Saul to be king of Israel. The Ammonites attacked Jabesh Gilead. Saul was informed about this and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. He rallied all Israel to him and totally defeated the enemies. It was after this victory that all came to acknowledge that indeed God had appointed Saul to be king of Israel. Challenges don’t come to the Christian to destroy him or her. They come to make a champion out of you. Meet every challenge in faith and rely on the Lord and your victory would spell your promotion.

In 1st Samuel 13, Saul had reigned for two years. Israel had an impending war with the Philistines. They divided themselves into two groups. One group were with Saul and the other was with Jonathan. Samuel was to come and make an offering unto the Lord before the battle could be executed. Saul was desperate for Samuel to come whiles his soldiers moved around aimlessly. Saul was moved to offer the sacrifice and instantly Samuel arrived. What went wrong? Saul was the captain of the host. He was not the priest. He had no business worrying about the sacrifice but to concentrate on his men, the soldiers. Instead of controlling the soldiers he was worried about the sacrifice which had not been done, allowing the men to be disorganized.

Every leader must know his or her real assignment and stay with it.

  PRAYER

O God, I pray for all leaders to always know their main task and stay with it. Grant that all  your children in leading roles will continually trust you at all times .

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 13:10 ” And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him”.

1 Samuel 13:13 ” And Samuel said to Saul, thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now, would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever”.

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