THEME: THE DUALITY LIFESTYLE
1 Samuel 13:11-12
“What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”
-Saul ruled over Israel from a very young age. At thirty years, he became king and the Lord entrusted Samuel with priestly and prophetic duties. It came a time when Saul led the Israelites into battle against the Philistines. As it was in their custom to sacrifice a burnt offering before battle, Samuel delayed and Saul decided to do it out of anxiety. In another instance when the Israelites went to war against Amalekites, Saul disobeyed again for he did not destroy everyone and everything as instructed by God, as he spared king Agag and the best of their livestock. Saul’s disobedience angered the Lord and He rejected him as king. Saul lived a duality lifestyle for partially obeyed. On one hand he heard the voice of Lord yet he did not fully execute His instructions. He also over stepped his mandate and did not differentiate between the office of the king and that of a priest.
Almighty Father, we thank You and exult Your Holy name; for You are good and Your love endures forever. Jehovah Elohim; we thank You for Your Omnipresent nature which has given us the liberty to worship You from anywhere and at any time. Help us Holy Spirit to always worship You in spirit and in truth; and intercede for us in times when we do not know how to pray. Nothing can separate us from Your love everlasting Father, we praise Your name. Create in us clean heart’s Oh Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Cast us not away from Your presence Lord and do not take Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore unto us the joy of Your salvation and uphold us by Your generous Spirit. May Your love and grace abide in us forever that I may love You and our neighbor as ourselves. Teach us to obey Your word fully and walk according to Your will. All glory, honor and power belong to You. Amen
Further reading: 1 Samuel 15:9, James 1:22, Matthew 7:24-27, Revelation 1:3
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