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Rebellion: Today’s entertainment!

Scripture reading for March 20th: 1st Samuel 13-15

God speaks clearly against witchcraft and the occult, violence and murder.  To Him, they are rebellion against His loving rule.   But our culture has television shows and movies featuring these evils that are watched by millions.  A popular series of children’s novels, “Harry Potter”, has sold millions and most look at it as another form of entertainment.  It promotes rebellion and evil God condemns.   (Deuteronomy 18:9-13)

Saul was anointed and empowered to lead the nation as the answer to the people’s cry for a king.   Samuel, the prophet and judge, had told Saul to wait for him to come and sacrifice to the Lord.  Saul waited but grew impatient and decided to offer the sacrifice himself.  Samuel returned just after Saul completed the offering, and rebuked him by telling him that God was not going to let him continue as king.  (1st Samuel 13:13-14)  The “good” thing that Saul had done, was not done in obedience to the Lord and there was no repentance.  It was a form of stubborn rebellion.

Samuel told Saul to attack the Amalekites and destroy everything as punishment from the Lord for their attacking Israel.   Saul obeyed, but only partially!  He kept back the best sheep and goats for sacrifice and let King Agag live.  The Word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” (1st Samuel 15:10-11)  Partial obedience is also rebellion!

God hates rebellion and stubbornness and calls it sin!  He likens it to divination and idolatry!  Ask the Lord to show you if these sins are evident in your life and allow Jesus to deliver you!  Don’t give God a reason to reject you as his child!  Or worse yet, cause your children be rejected because of this evil!

“But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is like the sin of divination (witchcraft-KJV)  and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” (1st Samuel 15:22-23)

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The “Witch” way to trouble!

Scripture reading for March 24th: 1st Samuel 27-31

Our world is full of curious people and many would like to know what tomorrow holds for them.  If they had that information,  they could get rich, save themselves from disaster, or control the world.  But God warns us not to seek any source other than Him for information about the future! (Leviticus 19:31)  When we do, we risk deception and death!

Saul, under torment by an evil spirit, sought information about the future by disguising himself and going to visit a medium.  He had tried to seek the Lord first, but God didn’t speak through the priests or prophets. (1st Samuel 28:5-6)   Earlier he had banned all witches, mediums, and sorcerers from the land in accordance with the law of God but now sought out one for his own use.  He had a habit of partial obedience that was a fatal flaw in his character!

God allowed the spirit of Samuel to be brought up from the dead through this medium.  Samuel spoke prophetically to King Saul one last time, pronouncing his coming death the next day. (1st Samuel 28:16-19)  Saul was in rebellion and under God’s judgment and found truth hard to face.   True to the word of Samuel, Saul and his sons died the next day.  Saul was wounded and asked his armor bearer to take his life.  The armor bearer was terrified and refused, so Saul fell on his own spear!  Even in his death, he took matters into his own hands! (1st Samuel 31:2-6)

The life and death of this first king of Israel has much to teach us.  Saul’s anointing by Samuel was a wonderful opportunity to rule and lead under God’s guidance.  Saul’s choice to disobey God’s instructions brought consequences that eventually lead to his death.  Someone has said, “sin truly takes us further than we want to go, holds us longer that we want to stay, and exacts a price higher than we want to pay”.

Examine yourself right now.  If you are doing something in clear disobedience to the Word of God, take time to get down on your knees and repent!   Repentance is more than just saying you are sorry, it turning to a new direction of obedience by faith! (2nd Corinthians 7:9-11)  Continuing in disobedience is rebellion. Rebellion is like the sin of divination and leads to trouble and death!  (1st Samuel 15:23)

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Rebellion: today’s entertainment!

Scripture reading for March 20th: 1st Samuel 13-15

When we think about witchcraft and the occult, we tend to think about men and women dressed in black, moonless nights, bats, curses, spells, evil and  death.   Our modern culture has lots to say about the occult and many television shows and movies  highlight this evil.  A popular series of children’s novels, “Harry Potter”, has sold millions and most think that it is another form of entertainment.

Saul was anointed by God to lead the nation.  He was the answer to the people’s cry for a king like the other nations.  But Saul was impatient.  Samuel, the prophet, had told Saul to wait for him to come and sacrifice to the Lord.  Saul waited but grew impatient and decided to offer the sacrifice himself.  Samuel returned just after Saul completed the offering, and rebuked him by telling him that God was not going to let him continue as king.  (1st Samuel 13:13-14)  So the “good” thing that Saul had done for the Lord, was not done in obedience to the Lord.

Another account of Saul’s actions occurs in chapter 15.  Samuel tells Saul to attack the Amalekites and destroy everything as punishment from the Lord for their attacking Israel on their way from Egypt. (400 years earlier!)  Saul obeyed–partially!  He kept back the best sheep and goats for sacrifice and let King Agag live.  The Word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” (1st Samuel 15:10-11)  Partial obedience is not obedience!

God hates rebellion and stubbornness!  Ask the Lord to show you if these sins are evident in your life and allow Jesus to deliver you!  These sins don’t entertain God and should not be entertained in your life or home!  Don’t give God a reason to reject you as his child!  Or worse yet, cause your children be rejected because of this evil!

“But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is like the sin of divination (witchcraft-KJV)  and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” (1st Samuel 15:22-23)

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Rebellion: Today’s “entertainment”!

Scripture reading for March 20th: 1st Samuel 13-15

When we think about witchcraft and the occult, we tend to think about men and women dressed in black, moonless nights, bats, curses, spells, and evil that is ugly.  It usually includes violence, blood and death.  Our modern culture has lots to say about the occult and many television shows and movies that highlight evil are watched by millions.  A popular series of children’s novels, “Harry Potter”, has sold millions and no one thinks much about it other that another form of entertainment.   When we imbibe of this evil, we are stubbornly rebelling against God’s command.  (Leviticus 19:26)

Saul was anointed and empowered to lead the nation.  He was the answer to the people’s cry for a king like the other nations.  But Saul was impatient.  Samuel, the prophet and judge, had told Saul to wait for him to come and sacrifice to the Lord and seek counsel.  Saul waited but grew impatient and decided to offer the sacrifice himself.  It was not his job or place, but he went ahead anyway.  Samuel returned just after Saul completed the offering, and rebuked him by telling him that God was not going to let him continue as king for all time.  (1st Samuel 13:13-14)  So the “good” thing that Saul had done, was not done in obedience to the Lord.  He had impatiently rationalized his action and fell under God’s disfavor. There was no repentance either.

Next, Saul’s son Jonathan acted in courage and faith to attack the Philistines.  He and his armor-bearer scaled a cliff and killed 20 men in a short time.  They had not been around when Saul had made the men swear not to eat anything until the enemy had been defeated.  Jonathan ate some honey to gain energy for the  ensuing fight.  One of the soldiers told Jonathan about the oath of his father, but he had already tasted the honey.  Saul acted impetuously with the vow and then wanted to execute his own son! (Remember Jephthah!)

The final account of Saul’s actions occurs in chapter 15.  Samuel tells Saul to attack the Amalekites and destroy everything as punishment from the Lord for their attacking Israel on their way from Egypt. (400 years earlier!)  Saul obeys–partially!  He kept back the best sheep and goats for sacrifice and let King Agag live.  The Word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” (1st Samuel 15:10-11)  Partial obedience is not obedience!

God hates rebellion and stubbornness!  We can call it entertainment, but God still calls it sin!  Ask the Lord to show you if these sins are evident in your life and allow Jesus to deliver you!  These sins don’t entertain God and should not be entertained in your life or home!  Don’t give God a reason to reject you as his child!  Or worse yet, cause your children be rejected because of this evil!

“But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is like the sin of divination (witchcraft-KJV)  and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” (1st Samuel 15:22-23)

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