Thursday, 1 April 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-9: The God Who Remembers
V1-2 even though Saul walked in his flesh but God still remembers him. God didn’t forget the purposes, the plans and the calling for Saul. When God puts us in the position, we need to really cherish it and be obedient to our authority and our God. We should not act wilfully in our position.
God never forgets, though the Israelites might have forgotten. In Deuteronomy 25:17-19, when Joshua led the army of Israelites fighting the Amalekites, Moses was praying on the mountain and God brought them victory.
In Exodus 17, Amalekites sinned against the people of God and sinned against God. So God planned to wipe out the name of the Amalekites. But the Israelites forgot about this and they didn’t remember what God said through Moses.
When we have what we want then we choose not to listen to God anymore. When the Israelites entered the Promised Land and received their inheritance, they forgot about God’s instructions of destroying the name of Amalekites.
V3 God is the God who remembers, He remembers the good and bad things. We don’t have to fight for ourselves because God knows everything. God wants to use Saul to destroy everything belonging to the Amalekites. He has given Saul detailed instructions of how they needed to destroy everything.
V4-6 God never forgets but how do the people respond? God did not forget how the Amalekites treated the Israelites wrongly in the past and He did not forget His calling for Saul. But Saul gathered the people, 210,000 were gathered. The number of army of God was reduced from 330,000, because of the life of Saul. But God still remembered Saul.
When God called us to become His children and His army, He will remember us. Saul knew God’s heart but he did not follow God’s instructions completely.
V7-9 Saul attacked the Amalekites but he did not kill Agag king of the Amalekites. Because he wanted what Agag can give to him. Do we still rely on the people to bring good things to us? We’re unwilling to draw a line and destroy completely whatever displeases God. Do we know God will remember us? Can we still have a sense of security even when we don’t rely on the things and people of this world?
Saul was not compassionate because he killed all the Amalekites, men, women, young and old. But Saul and the people did not kill the king and the good livestock. We are afraid of poverty and we did not destroy what displeases God in our lives.
Section Two: V10-33 The God Who Regrets
God will bless us and lead us, but He will also regret, which means He wouldn’t allow it anymore. God is righteous and anything not righteous cannot come close to Him. When Saul turned away from God and not following God, then God regretted. He had lifted up Saul from the smallest tribe of Israel but Saul did not cherish it.
From the beginning God spoke to Saul through Samuel. He never spoke to Saul. Often we see people around us having failed because they displeased God. But do we really know God’s heart? Samuel knew God’s heart, which is merciful and compassionate. He knew God did not want to reject Saul, and he sought God throughout the night.
When we face difficulties do we seek God throughout the night? We tried to solve our own problems by sleeping, drinking, or talking to others, but Samuel chose to cry out to the Lord all night.
The next morning, even though Samuel did not sleep, he still did what God instructed him to do to meet Saul. Samuel knew God rejected Saul but he still respected God and respected the king. What is our attitude? A godly man will be loyal in his position no matter what the environment and the circumstances are.
Samuel wanted to give Saul another chance. When Saul told Samuel he had done everything God commended, Samuel didn’t point out straight away that Saul was lying, instead he asked about the lowing of cattle. Saul said everything he did was for God, then Samuel rebuked him.
Again and again Samuel wanted to give Saul a chance to repent but Saul did not admit his own mistake and he was even finger pointing to the people, who were following him. God gives us position, instructions and authority, but do we really use them properly? Saul wanted to look good in front of the people but in front of God he was full of lies and refused to face the truth.
When we don’t listen we are doing the thing that displeases God and we are sinning against God. Listening to our God and our authority is so important.
V22 even though God already rejected Saul, but Samuel still tried to teach Saul. A lot of time when someone lost their calling, we stop caring for them and teaching them anymore. God loves all His children and He is always waiting for His children to return to Him.
Saul repented his sins but only half. Again he accused the people following him for leading him to sin. He walked in the flesh and not willing to take his responsibilities. When Samuel wanted to leave, Saul caught his robe, not because he wanted to repent but because he wanted Samuel to lift him up in front of people.
When Samuel returned with Saul, he did not try to please Saul but to kill Agag so the Israelites will not sin against God because of Agag. Are we willing to ‘kill’ the things in our lives that displeases God?
Section Three: V34-35 Men’s Choice
In order to know God we need to make a choice. Saul chose to go back to his own place and live a life he thought as a king. And Samuel chose to go back to his place and draw a line with Saul. But he was sad and interceded for Saul.
When we read Samuel 15, we see problems in our lives, we are unwilling to let go of the things we think are important on this earth, and we are unwilling to take responsibility.
*Pursuit and Prayer
Lord, we know we have sinned against You and sinned against people, help us not to rely on this world and help us not to hide anymore, we want to walk in the light and not be afraid of losing the things we treasure in this world. Let us really know You and make the right choice. Amen.
V2-3 这里神所说他没有忘的事的背景在 申命记25:17-19和出埃及记17:8-16有记载。那时亚玛力人趁以色列人疲 乏困倦就击杀他们“尽後边软弱的人”，行恶得罪神所拣选的子民就是得罪神，摩西已经跟以色列提醒将来要如何对待亚玛力人。这些事以色列人都忘了，不记得神借着摩西给他们的提醒。当人得到自己所要的东西之后，很容易就把神的话抛诸脑后，或者怀疑神的命令。我们以为神会忘记，但神不会忘记。那些得罪我们的人，神必报应，我们要相信神会记念。神要扫罗王“灭尽”亚玛力人一切所有的，因他是忌邪的神。人的回应是“忘记”，然后神不会。神是怜悯的，神既没有忘记亚玛力人当初如何对待他的选民以色列人，也没有忘记他所拣选、膏立为王的扫罗。虽然扫罗不听神的话，神仍给他机会回转。
V9 上梁不正下梁歪 – 扫罗与这22万精兵都看重手上好的东西。我们是否也是如此，害怕失去这些看得见的好东西？神说要“灭尽”这一切东西。可惜扫罗和百姓不认识神，不知道神会记念。
很多基督徒看到的只是神的怜悯慈爱，却不知道也不愿意面对“神会后悔” – 这个“后悔”不是为做错事而后悔，是神决定不要继续做这件事，因我们不珍惜神给我们的机会。