Today Samuel told Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites for the attack that we read about on Feb 6th in Exodus 17. After that battle the Lord had Moses write in the Book of the Law that “…I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven”. “But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lamb, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.” 🧐 This does not sound like what God said to do. When Samuel confronts Saul, Saul said he saved the best for the Lord and then started blaming the people. Well, God ain’t buying what Saul is selling so Samuel tells Saul that God as rejected him as king. Saul, proving his true motives, begs Samuel to at least go and worship with him to “…honor me now, before the elders of my people and before Israel”. Jesus will later say in John 5:44, “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”
Next the Lord sends Samuel to Jesse, from the tribe of Judah, in Bethlehem to anoint the next king. Samuel incorrectly assumes the older son was God’s pick so God says “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical statue, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”. So Jesse passes 7 sons before Samuel but the Lord didn’t chose any of them. God chose the boy out in the field whose daddy didn’t even consider to be in the lineup. God chose the boy who was out in the field playing his harp and working his sling shot. Meet King David! The Lord uses those harp playing skills to get David into the kingdom and to sooth Saul’s distressed spirit. Tomorrow we will read how David’s sling shot skills come in handy against that pestering Philistine, Goliath Keep reading.
(1 Samuel 15:1-17:31)