Verse of the Day – Dec. 28, 2023

Verse of the Day – Dec. 28, 2023

December 28, 2023 – Thursday  

1 Samuel 15:24-25    NKJV 

24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.” 

1 Samuel 15:24-25    NIV 

24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. 25 Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord.” 

Comments 

Only yesterday we looked at verse 22 NIV), 22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. This was when Saul wanted absolution for not following God’s directions fully and used the excuse, 20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.” 

Yes, Saul did obey except 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.” And that is when Samuel replied, 22 “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. With the key phrase being To obey is better than sacrifice and Saul’s excuse he did what he did was because 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord. Was that truly Saul’ reasoning and did he really expect his soldiers to sacrifice the best of the plunder? 

Samuel’s words must have had an impact on Saul’s heart as we hear the truth from him in the next two verses (our verses for the day). Saul begs Samuel. 24  “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.25 Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord.” Here is the truth, I was afraid of my men. Because of his moral cowardice he gave in to them. Then he lied about what he had not done and now he is begging for forgiveness.  

Saul is punished, not by being sent to hell, but to live by his own foolishness as we see in reading through the rest of I Samuel and then II Samuel. However, Samuel tells Saul what his punishment will be 26 “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!”  Saul will lose his kingship over Israel as he had proven himself unworthy of the position.  

Bottom Line: Do not think rejecting God comes without consequences. Even Saul faced consequences for his disobedience. And so did David when he was king and sinned against God. If Saul and David had to face the consequences for their sins, we will have to do the same.    

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to walk more and more in line with Your will and not our own. Bless us and our efforts and not to lie to You or ourselves. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ    

Riley D. Driver – Pastor                       

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