• Israel Ekundayo

SAUL: TOO CLOSE, YET SO FAR...

1 Sam 28:19 Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

lnsight and Highlight

Never be hasty to give up on life no matter your challenges or predicaments. Saul, failed to hold on when Heaven was not too far away

1 Chr 10:4: Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword and fell upon it.


Scripture Commentaries

Samuel’s word when he was brought up by the witch of Endor opens our eyes to some mysteries of God. They granted access to principalities into the spiritual realm.

From the witch's word, she seemed to be expecting a demon impersonating Samuel to arise, 1 Sam 28:13 And the woman said unto Saul, l saw gods ascending out of the earth.

Though, under God's permissive will as Christ is the head of all powers, it behooves us to know that in spite of Saul's reckless life, God through the prophet, said Saul and his sons would be with him, Samuel, tomorrow after they are killed in battle.

1 Sam 28:19 Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

This statement is likened to Luke 23:43:

when Jesus said to one of the malefactors......Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou is with me in paradise.

However, whichever way, we see it, it would appear that where Samuel was at that time was good for anyone.

Seeing Samuel as one of God's most fearing men, his present state at his time of appearing to Saul was either of or both Paradise and Heaven.

An invitation to Saul and his children, by Samuel, could be adduced to be God's final attempt to reach out to the failing king and his three children, for a reason best known to God.

Saul's life however remained too irreparable, not for God, but for a man who by his own ways destroyed himself ultimately.

Saul’s decision to kill himself by falling upon his own sword was murder. This threw away his last chance to be with Samuel. 1 John 3:15 ......no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Impatience and overly presumptive behavior were hallmarks of Saul’s peccable life. He neither obeyed God nor Samuel.

He was too hasty to die faster than death would take him.

He took and finished his own life in utter defeat. Though he and Jonathan were eulogized by David, he could have been more valiant in defeat.

He failed to realize the manner of death a man suffered would not determine his eternal destination, as long as he did not take his own life by himself. (ref Stephen's death in Acts 7:59).


Remorse corner

For no reason must you be hasty

Saul was too soon angry, presumptuous, disobedient.

Prov 14:17  He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly:...."


Call to Word action

Eccl 7:9  Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.


The Christian clarion duty

Saul would not yield to instructions and correction, often somber but not sober and most unprepared to change his ways.

Many times, his son Jonathan corrected him but he was like, in Proverbs 29:1 

He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.


Prayer

Lord, let not my life take a turn for the worse. Rid me of ungodly choices and decisions.

Let not my wrong attitudes muddle my eyes to see your good plans for me, in Jesus' name.


Good morning all and have a blessed day.


God bless you.

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