Let me say that again…
We are more like the Prophet Samuel & King Saul, than like King David!
And now that I have your attention, let me explain. King David was referred to as the man after God’s own heart. You may be asking yourself how that is, after all, he murdered Uriah and tried to cover it up. He was an adulterer, and tried to cover up the pregnancy by bringing Uriah home from the battle front. And the list of his sins go on, all you have to do is read the books of Samuel (930 BC), Kings (550 BC), and Chronicles (450-400 BC). With some addendum info within the Books of Psalms and Proverbs. So how was this man of sin a man after God’s own heart?
The truth of the matter is, unlike many of us – King David, when he was made aware of his sins, knowing he was a sinful man always sought God’s forgiveness. Because he knew that he had fallen outside of the will of God by his sin. Though, the Prophet Isaiah (740-680 BC) was written after the Books of Samuel and before the Books of Kings and Chronicles, his sentiment written in Isaiah 59:2 was a well known and a strongly held belief:
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. ~Isaiah 59:2 NKJV
Especially, if you are able to gain knowledge of the Prophet Jonah, whose work was estimated between 750-725 BC which raised the ideology that God was the God of the Gentiles as well as the Jews because this was probably THE first instance where God dictated to a Major Prophet to go out to another people in order to teach them of His promises, existence, and His Godly Warnings! It had not been done prior to this time in the existence of the Hebrew people. Normally the people heard of God’s greatness from passers by and then sought out His knowledge, wisdom, and blessing.
We are given examples of such things through the sons of Noah: His sons Ham, Shem, and Japheth through the the Ethiopian Eunuch, Saul of Tarsus, and the Romah Centurion (Cornelius). (Refer to the mp3 commentaries on the Book of Jonah by Dr. J. Vernon McGee.) Even in the Old Testament We were only given the Queen of Sheba seeking out the wisdom of King Solomon. Of course, there were other examples throughout the Old Testament where other Gentiles sought out the Wisdom of God, His great healing powers, etc.
God wants us to know Him, personally. But of course, the world being what it is…doubtful, skeptical, and questionable at best…we will never come to know Him if we refuse His every attempt to cross paths with each and everyone of us. He will no take away our right to choose one path, or another; however, He will try to give us another option by crossing our path. If you so choose to seek Him out…He will be found by you! But, on the other hand, he will also allow you to freely make the choice (openly) to deny and forsake Him. That being said, you cannot accuse God of sending you to hell when you purposefully, by your own choice, and by your own free will choice. YOU choose the path you take, both good and bad! Don’t blame God for your choices…one of my greatest pet peeves!
So, now let us move on, how is it that we are more like the Prophet Samuel and King Saul? Well, pretty simple in my mind. We act and choose rashly! We react out of anger and fool heartiness. We make foolish assumptions by assuming that our children will follow our lead. That they will just know by osmosis and that they will absorb all this great information that we have to offer without any explanation associated with it. Pure knowledge but that is now how we work as kids or as adults. But we have all made such mistakes. May God be forgiving of our ignorance and fool-heartiness!
Let us start with the Prophet Samuel, then we will move on to King Saul.
The Prophet Samuel:
While the Prophet Samuel was a great Priest for God and a great Prophet for God, he was a less than great father to his children or his children were less than great themselves. Reason I say this is because his children, Joel and Abijah, were made judges over Israel by Samuel. Because they, Joel and Abijah, showed themselves to be less than adequate judges because, “…your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” (1 Samuel 8:5 NKJV) The people of Israel saw their actions were contrary to their words and the word of God. Therefore, It only stood to reason that the people of Israel would seek someone great to guide them and lead them…in this case a king. Now I can only infer from the bible that the Prophet Samuel did not properly teach his children to follow the ways of God, OR his children purposely chose to act contrary to the word of God…as they were taught by their father. Of course this is a rather abbreviated view of what happened, but I believe it to be succinct and to the point of the matter. But i would urge you to read your bible and determine that for yourself. In fact, I would challenge you to read your bible and determine the chronology of all that happened. Do not take my word for it nor the word of your pastor, priest, or ministers…read it all for yourself. Anyone who dictates to you that they will tell you what the bible says is not truly teaching the word of God, but at some point in time will substitute his interpretation for the actual word of God! BE FOREWARNED!
Now onto King Saul:
King Saul was the first King of Israel, he was anointed by the Prophet Samuel, and when he had heard of an incident involving the Philistines he was filled with the Spirit of the lord, and such an anger that all the men of Israel would follow him. But he too was a bad king, just as Samuel was a poor father. He did not follow the word of God, he violated priestly boundaries, and hence Israel faltered under his rule. Again read for yourself the plight(s) of King Saul and how he failed Israel and God.
God, truly, originally intended us to follow Him…not another man. But our forefathers failed us in this regard, because now our allegiances are divided between our families, our governments, our nations, and our God. All too often we will choose our allegiance based upon any specific argument at any particular time. More often than not, we will fail God, because we will choose to back not our God but our friend, our leader, our representative, or our President/King.
It is this faulty reasoning that we are more like the Prophet Samuel or King Saul. We, as followers of the One True God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, MUST be willing to follow the word of God. We must be willing to stand alone, against all the odds. But know this that God promised us that He would be standing with us, but this calls for an intensely strong amount of faith. God will allow many (thousands) to fall at our side, but God will not let the arrows of the enemy strike us or harm us. But we must be willing to be faithful to His word!
Are you game? Are the faithful child of God??
May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD