Please read 1 Samuel 14 – 16…
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.” 1 Samuel 16:13 (KJB)
Saul had proven himself to be a disobedient, arrogant king. He rejected the word of the LORD and more. A king who would be god himself; so GOD chooses another. Saul’s kingdom would end with him: there would be no dynasty.
The Scripture text for today is on the day of the anointing of a young shepherd as the next king of Israel – David. Saul would not have a dynasty. His son Jonathan, nor any other would carry it onward. David’s descendants would reign in Israel forever on the throne of Israel. God sought out a man “After My own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14).
Upon losing the kingdom to another, God sends a troubling spirit to Saul, and he continues to rebel against God and His word. What happens to Saul is evident in many, if not all who reject God’s word; for rejecting God’s word one rejects God Himself. These attempt to manipulate, scheme, and plot against the will of God, the word of God, and rule according to their own word and will.
What are some of the things evident in these? Here are a couple of them…
- They are usually filled with unjust anger: by that is meant that they are always angry about how things have worked out against them;
- They are full of fear: fearful of things they have no control over, and paranoid of others who are out to get them.
As Christians of 2018 let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and walk in faith, believing God, and His word; repenting of sin when we have sinned. Like David, let us, when we are fearful trust in the Lord. Then the preacher can go home; like Samuel did.