I have a sweet mixture of old and new pieces. I feel like the old makes the new feel a bit more, well, less new.
“Even though you have sinned, don’t make it worse by also turning away from the Lord, just give Him all your heart”. The only way to make this better is by committing your whole heart to the Lord. Stop turning to those useless idols, haven’t you learned by now they can’t help you, they can’t rescue you because they are useless.
In our day this would be equivalent to a preacher, minister, evangelist who has gained popularity among Christians because they carry the anointing of the Lord. Then along comes people who perhaps are jealous, or just plain miserable who decide to sow weeds by assaulting the minister's character.
Saul and Samuel stood as a united front. Together they represent both the physical strength and spiritual strength of the Lord.
The problem with confidence is it can be self-serving, meaning our lack of confidence is us focusing on ourselves when we should have full confidence in God. We should be focusing on God, not ourselves.
Samuel notices the look on Saul’s face and answering the unasked questions he states, “You wonder why I’m anointing you and honoring you with my deepest respect, is it not because you are chosen?” I’ll put it another way, “Do you still not understand that you have been chosen, you are the chosen one”.
Saul was literally the only man who went out looking for donkeys and returned home as a king.
God told Samuel to give them what they wanted, but before doing so, give them a fair warning of the reality of how things will be. You see the grass on the other side is looking greener to them, but what they don’t realize is the grass is planted on a septic tank.
The Baalim was formerly a prophet who was hired by Balaak, the king of the Moabites to curse Israel. Balaam couldn’t curse Israel but God could.
This story tells us way more about God’s love and devotion to us than it does about our devotion to Him.