Saul, the Desired One

No Glory; Or the Glory Has Departed

This is a brief account of Saul, a king of Israel.

1Sa 8:4  Then all the leaders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.

1Sa 8:5  They told him, “You’re old, and your sons aren’t following your example. Now appoint a king to judge us so that we will be like all the other nations.”

1Sa 8:6  But Samuel considered it wrong for them to request a king to judge them. So Samuel prayed to the LORD.

1Sa 8:7  The LORD told Samuel, “Listen to everything the people are saying to you. They haven’t rejected you; they’ve rejected me.

1Sa 8:8  They’re doing just what they’ve done since I took them out of Egypt-leaving me and serving other gods.

1Sa 8:9  Listen to them now, but be sure to warn them and tell them about the rights of a king.”

1Sa 8:10  Then Samuel told the people who had asked him for a king everything the LORD had said.

1Sa 8:11  Samuel said, “These are the rights of a king: He will draft your sons, make them serve on his chariots and horses, and make them run ahead of his chariots.

1Sa 8:12  He will appoint them to be his officers over 1,000 or over 50 soldiers, to plow his ground and harvest his crops, and to make weapons and equipment for his chariots.

1Sa 8:13  He will take your daughters and have them make perfumes, cook, and bake.

1Sa 8:14  He will take the best of your fields, vineyards, and olive orchards and give them to his officials.

1Sa 8:15  He will take a tenth of your grain and wine and give it to his aids and officials.

1Sa 8:16  He will take your male and female slaves, your best cattle, and your donkeys for his own use.

1Sa 8:17  He will take a tenth of your flocks. In addition, you will be his servants.

1Sa 8:18  “When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king whom you have chosen for yourselves. The LORD will not answer you when that day comes.”

1Sa 8:19  But the people refused to listen to Samuel. They said, “No, we want a king!

1Sa 8:20  Then we, too, will be like all the other nations. Our king will judge us, lead us out to war, and fight our battles.”

1Sa 8:21  When Samuel heard everything the people had to say, he reported it privately to the LORD.

1Sa 8:22  The LORD told him, “Listen to them, and give them a king.” Then Samuel told the people of Israel, “Go back to your own cities.”

1Sa 9:2  He had a son named Saul, a handsome, young man. No man in Israel was more handsome than Saul. He stood a head taller than everyone else.

1Sa 10:1  Samuel took a flask of olive oil, poured it on Saul’s head, kissed him, and said, “The LORD has anointed you to be ruler of his people Israel. You will rule his people and save them from all their enemies. This will be the sign that the LORD has anointed you to be ruler of his people.

The word Saul (or Shaul in the Hebrew) is defined as “desired”.  It comes from the passive participle of the verb shaal, “To ask of, beg for, consult and inquire of.”

Israel rejected God as king and instead begged for a human king.

The Lord answered them according to the desires of their flesh. This is so like God to give us what we want when we push Him away.

Saul, God’s choice, was very handsome and taller than any other Israelite. He had charm, looks and brains.  He was an excellent politician and would have been a savvy media junkie, by today’s standards.

He had no respect for God but loved the acclaims of people.

At the end, God rejected Saul and he died in battle against the Philistines.

Charm, looks, and wit is always desired more than the glory of God. Human nature has not changed over thousands years.  I guess that this debunks evolution!

I see today’s America at a similar crossroads.  Are we rejecting God, and desiring a Saul?

Saul’s death was tragic.  His two sons Hophni and Phineas were also killed. The ark of God , representing God’s presence, was taken away.

Today, the ark, is the church. We cannot allow it to be taken away from America. If the church becomes non relevant to American society, the results will be disastrous.

Phineas pregnant wife, at the news of her husband, father in law, and The Ark, went into premature labor and had a son whom she called Ichabod, “No Glory.”

It’s up to the church, in a great part, what will happen to America.  If the ark remains, God can work.  If America becomes an Ichabod, because the church allowed it, the way will be far more difficult.

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