Tuesday, 30th March 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
I Samuel 13 The Anointed One, who Walks in the Flesh
Section One: V1-4 Without Teaching
I Samuel 11:7-8 says, “Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they turned out as one man. When Saul mustered them at Bezek, the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and the men of Judah thirty thousand.”
The Lord brought out thirty-three hundred thousand people, but here in I Samuel 13:2, Saul only chose 3,000 men, 2,000 followed him and 1,000 followed Jonathan. He sent the rest of the men home. God chose thirty-three thousand people for Saul, but Saul did not prepare them, he did not train them and did not teach them. Even though they came out after Saul and blew the trumpet, they were not ready to fight against the Philistines.
Section Two: V5-15 Without Life
Saul did not prepare himself and others, God gave him thirty-three thousand people but he did not use them. At the end, his own son did not listen to him, then the people did not see the needs of the whole Israelites, but saw their own problems.
When we don’t build relationship with the people we pastoral-care, then when problems come in our life then they will run away. Saul was in Gilgal, but even the people with him at the time were trembling with fear. They did not see themselves as the army of God.
God can prepare us but are we willing to wait for God’s timing? Samuel was the priest, the prophet, the judge, but after Saul waited for seven days for Samuel and he saw the people leaving, then he made a decision to offer the burnt offering. When Saul saw the people, who followed him, were leaving, he couldn’t wait any more, then soon after he offered, Samuel came.
When Saul saw Samuel, he did not have the fear and trembling attitude, he did not know his mistakes, he did not face his life problems. We are also doing foolish things, we care too much about what others think of us, we only see the problems we are facing, we follow our emotions and our hearts and let our emotion rule over us.
God prepared us to be leaders, but do we step out for Him to fish for people? Or do we just stay with the same social circle, which made us feel good about ourselves?
Section Three: V16-23 Without Weapons
God was not with Saul and the Israelites. These 600 people followed Saul in their flesh, and Saul did not prepare anything for them. Even though they won the battle, but Saul did not finish his life well. Saul only saw the Philistines were attacking him and taking his throne, but he did not see what happened to the people following him.
Do we only see our own problems, or do we also see the problems of the people following us? God is reminding us to grow into maturity, to stop living in our flesh and in what we see. Be willing to multiply and bear fruits.
May God help us to humble ourselves, to see God fights for us and be humble to follow God. Let us no longer see ourselves, but the needs of the army of God.
Pursuit & Respond
Lord, today through I Samuel 13, You are talking to each one of us, who You have called and loved. When we follow, do we still walk in the flesh? Are we prepared? We rely on our own life and flesh, we look at this world and the environment, but not on God. Are we willing to see in this time of fasting, before Easter Friday, how do we see our King Jesus Christ?
Thank You Lord, this morning You enlighten us, You are not here to judge us. You love us and You don’t want us to hide in the cave. You want us to come out from our caves, thickets, among the rocks and in pits and cistern. We will come to You Lord, let us receive Your love because there is no fear in love. You are waiting for us to return home to You, help us to turn back to You, and put down our fear.
Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, when we are willing to let go, Your peace and love fill us. Help us to be strong and courageous. Amen!
神其实并没有与这些靠着血气聚集的以色列人同在。这些人所靠的是自己农具去打仗，唯有扫罗和儿子约拿单有兵器。他们可能暂时打过胜仗，但不能善始善终（finish well）. 我们是否看到跟从我们的人的生命如何，他们预备好了吗？