Authors of our own Misfortune?! (Part 1: Saul’s Disobedience) – Additional Reference Material

Posted on July 9, 2008. Filed under: Bible Study | Tags: , , , , , |

In Part 1 of this post I referenced just two of the many examples of the acts of disobedience that led to God’s withdrawal of His Spirit from Saul, and the latter’s eventual death.

 

As a means of gaining a further understanding of Saul’s “sinful choices” and their direct consequences, the following is an excerpt from Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible (pg. 486):

 

Passage 1 Samuel 13:15-23

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He assumed a priestly role and offered sacrifices before battle.

Sad Consequences: The prophet Samuel announced God’s choice of a new king.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 14:1-52

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He made a foolish oath.

Sad Consequences: The people turned against him.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 15:1-9

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He disobeyed God’s instructions by not completely destroying Agag.

Sad Consequences: Samuel announced God’s utter rejection of him as king.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 18:10-16

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He personally tried to kill David.

Sad Consequences: He was overcome by fear and an evil spirit.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 19:1-7

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He ordered the murder of David.

Sad Consequences: He became paranoid.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 19:8-10

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He again tried to kill David.

Sad Consequences: He was tormented by an evil spirit.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 19:11-20

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He continued his murderous campaign against David.

Sad Consequences: He became jealous and fearful of David.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 20:1-42

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He tried to get his son Jonathan to assist in killing David.

Sad Consequences: He became violent toward his own son Jonathan.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 22:6-23

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He ordered Doeg to kill the priests of Nob.

Sad Consequence: He slipped further into madness and depravity.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 28:7-25

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He visited a witch.

Sad Consequence: He became terrified of his future death.

 

Passage 1 Samuel 31:4

Saul’s Sinful Choice: He committed suicide.

Sad Consequence: A man with great potential died in great shame.

 

 

As you can see by the above references, it was not just a single act of disobedience, but was instead a pattern of willful conduct in which Saul placed his interests above those of God’s.

 

And the further he descended into a distorted and solipsistic state of mind, the further away he pulled from God’s divine guidance and protection.

 

Unlike David, who in 1 Samuel 18:14 was seen as being wise as a result of the Lord being with him, “And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him (NKJV),” the ever increasing chasm that Saul had created between himself and God produced both sad and ultimately fatal consequences.

 

While Saul’s story is tragic as well as frightening, within its framework is woven a glorious message of salvation through Jesus Christ.  This is because we all have a choice.  And like the good thief Dismas – no matter how far we have traveled down a darkened road, as long as we draw breath it is never too late to reach out to God through the redemptive blood of Christ.

 

(Next Post: Part 2 – Jonathan’s Acceptance of Divine Direction)

 

Prayer Update

 

I recently received an e-mail from a gentleman who, as a result of the recent spate of layoffs in the automotive industry, is experiencing financial hardship.

 

As a family man, I can personally relate to the challenges he and his co-workers are facing in what is undoubtedly a very difficult period.

 

I would like to ask all Light of Love readers to pray for KD, his family and co-workers, that God’s divine wisdom and shield of protection both guide and keep them until this season of tribulation passes and they are delivered to the realization of the Lord’s promises of victory through Christ Jesus.  Amen.

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