Transcript of "1 samuel 13a leave it in god's hands"
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1 Samuel 13 1-2 Saul reigned one year; and when hehad reigned two years over Israel, Saul chose himthree thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousandwere with Saul in Michmash and in mountBethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan inGibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people hesent every man to his tent. In his first year as king of Israel, Saul had to deal with the Ammonite threat with a militia raised in one day. 2
Now in his second year, he builds a regular army of three thousand men. 2000 under his leadership 1000 under Jonathan. Everybody else he sent home. The Philistines are the threat now. 3
3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistinesthat was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it.And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land,saying, Let the Hebrews hear. 4 And all Israel heardsay that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Phil-istines, and that Israel also was had in abominationwith the Philistines. And the people were calledtogether after Saul to Gilgal. 4
5 And the Philistines gatheredthemselves together to fight withIsrael, thirty thousand chariots,and six thousand horsemen, andpeople as the sand which is onthe sea shore in multitude: andthey came up, and pitched inMichmash, eastward fromBethaven. 5
6 When the men of Israel saw thatthey were in a strait, (for the peoplewere distressed,) then the people didhide themselves in caves, and inthickets, and in rocks, and in highplaces, and in pits. 7 And some of theHebrews went over Jordan to theland of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul,he was yet in Gilgal, and all thepeople followed him trembling. 6
8 And he tarried seven days, according to the settime that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel camenot to Gilgal; and the people were scattered fromhim. 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offeringto me, and peace offerings. And he offered theburnt offering. Samuel had told him to wait seven days, and he would come and bless Israel for battle. Samuel was late. Saul decided to offer the sacrifices himself. 8
This was a test of Sauls faith.Waiting is one of the most difficult trials we face. Especially when we think God is late. 9
10 And it came to pass, that assoon as he had made an end ofoffering the burnt offering,behold, Samuel came; and Saulwent out to meet him, that hemight salute him. Saul exceeded his authority (he was not a priest), and made the offerings, and then Samuel came.Saul went to greet him as if nothing was wrong. 10
11a And Samuel said, What hast thou done? "I was afraid and my faith wavered." "Forgive me." 11
11b And Saul said, Because I saw that the peoplewere scattered from me, and that thou camest notwithin the days appointed, and that the Philistinesgathered themselves together at Michmash; "Its not my fault." "You didnt get here on time." "My army was deserting me." "The Philistines were ready to fight." 12
12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come downnow upon me to Gilgal, and I have not madesupplication unto the Lord: I forced myself there-fore, and offered a burnt offering. Saul had not asked for the Lords help. So he offered a burnt offering, in directdisobedience to Gods calling of priests.Saul was neither priest nor prophet; to act as a priest was disobedience to God. 13
13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done fool-ishly: thou hast not kept the Commandment of theLord thy God, which He commanded thee: for nowwould the Lord have established thy kingdom uponIsrael for ever. To disobey anything that God says is foolish. We take ourselves outside of His Will, and therefore outside of His Protection. 14
14 Butnow thy kingdom shall not continue: theLord hath sought him a man after his own heart,and the Lord hath commanded him to be captainover his people, because thou hast not kept thatwhich the Lord commanded thee.Men see nothing but Sauls outward act, whichseems small; but God saw that he did this withunbelief and distrust of His Providence, withcontempt of His Authority and Justice, and withrebellion against the Light of his own conscience. Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary. 15
Whenever we act from fear, we sin.Romans 14 23b … whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Let all our acts and decisions be from Faith.1 John 4 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect lovecasteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He thatfeareth is not made perfect in love.To love God completely is to have no reason to fear. 16
When we take things into our own hands, we take them out of Gods Hands. Saul was afraid because his army was deserting him on the field of battle. He thought God had failed him in the person of Samuel. 17
Fear and/or anger are usually the emotions that cause us to take matters into our own hands.Faith leaves it in Gods Hands. 18
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