April 10, 2012

98 - Saul made King over Israel.

Kathleen's thoughts

1 Samuel 11,12,,13

God protects Israel against the Ammonirtes. Saul is made King. Chapter 11: 15 So all the people went Gilgal, and there in the presence they made Saul king. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings in the Lord's presence, and Saul and all the men of Israel greatly rejoiced.

Samuel speaks here on integrity and challenges the nation if they have found any wrong in him and declared this before the Lord this...12: 5 He said to them, 'The Lord is a witness against you, and His anointed is a witness today that you haven't found anything in my hand/" "he is a witness," they said.
Verse 13 Now here is the king you've chosen, the one you requested, Look, this is the king the Lord has placed over you. If you fear the Lord, worship and obey Him, and if you don't rebel against the Lord's command, then both you and the king who rules over you will follow the Lord your God. 15 However, if you disobey the Lord and rebel against His command, the Lord's hand will be against you and against your ancestors.

Verse 12: 16-18 Samuel speaks here about the great evil they have done against the Lord by requesting a king for themselves. It was wheat harvest this day and what happened next was... Samuel called on the Lord, and on that day the Lord sent thunder and rain. As a result, all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.

Verse 12; 19-25 This is where Samuel shows his love for his people and requests them to fear the Lord and worship Him faithfully with all your heart, considering the great things He has done for you. BUT... However, if you continue to do what is evil, both you and your king will be swept away.

Saul was 30 years old when he became king and he reigned for 42 years over Israel.

Saul's disobedience causes him to loose control. His faith wavered and did not have the patience to wait for Samuel to arrive and went ahead and did the sacrifices before the Lord on his own and Samuel said to Saul You have been foolish . You have not kepi the command which the Lord your God gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established your reign over Israel, but now your reign will not endure.
The Lord has found a man loyal to Him, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not done what the Lord commanded.


Hebrews 13:5 ...I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let down My hold on you...6. So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm. What can man do to me?

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