1 Samuel 15:9
“But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”
-King Saul having been instructed by God through Samuel to attack the Amalekites & destroy everything, he spared king Agag & the best of their flock. Having been entrusted by God & the people, holding the highest public office in Israel, he displayed a sense of corruption & was rejected as king. David was thereafter anointed king of Israel after his death. Likewise, after the destruction of the wall of Jericho, the Israelites conquered the city & brought all gold, silver, bronze & iron articles into the house of the Lord & saved Rahab, her family, & all her possessions as instructed by God. Achan coveted the beautiful Babylonian garments, silver & gold, took them for himself & buried them close to his tent. This angered the Lord & Joshua in judgement led the people in stoning him together with his sons, daughters, livestock, tent & all he had in the valley of Achor (Jos 7:18-25). (Probably the Chinese borrowed their execution tactics from this event). On one hand; Achan & Saul were judged in condemnation; facing death as the consequence of their sin & on the other, Rahab received grace which is a gift from God in eternal life through His Son Christ Jesus (Rom 6:23).
Lord our Father full of mercy & grace, have mercy on us, our leaders & on the whole world. In boldness we come to Your throne of grace Jesus; that we may obtain mercy & find grace to help us always. Direct us & our leaders in all our decisions Lord; that they may always follow Your holy will. Help us Father to realize that there is more to life, all things belong to You & that You are our Provider. You loved us first Lord; help us to love You & one another for love covers all sin. Amen
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