They hated the chosen people of God!
This revelation came to me while sitting out on my balcony yesterday morning while sipping on my coffee, after I had my time with the Lord, reading from JC Philpot’s Sermon “Love in it’s Priceless Value & Unquenchable Strength from 1862” and thinking over the teaching about the incredible Love our Lord and our God has towards HIS BRIDE. Then for some reason my thoughts went to Saul, then I thought about King Saul, and said to my self……interesting……., I wonder if there is a connection in their similarities….so I went to my Journal and under my journal entry on my thoughts from Philpot sermon, I made a note that I need to do some research on the topic. So without further adieu, I went to my computer and opened up my E-Sword Bible program, and researched out King Saul, first, then Saul the pharisee, took a few notes, and decided more searching out will have to commence on another day. It was very interesting, and I was quite amazed I never took notice of the correlation between the two before and the spiritual treasures possibly awaiting! I truly gave the Lord such Glory and Thanksgiving for revealing this to me.
There are only three listings of the name of Saul in the Bible, two in the Old Testament, and one in the New Testament. The name of Saul in Hebrew listed in “Strong’s Bible Dictionary” means: Desired.
Saul.(desired). More accurately, Shaul. . One could say their name represented what their characters consisted of.
The First Saul was King of Edom who was a descendant from Esau: **Also take note, the Name Edom means Red: In the Strongs; E’dom. (red). The name Edom was given to Esau, the first-born son of Isaac and twin brother of Jacob. Red usually constitutes an angry/hate characteristic. Gen 36:1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
Then in verse 31, we see the rulers of Edom followed, before any king reigned over Israel. I find it interesting that Saul, the 6th king of Edom was the 6th generation of kings, and six represents the number of fleshly “man”. In addition, we need not forget that the Lord, while in the womb, hated Esau. Therefore, Esau represents the rebellious flesh, stemming from Isaac, a man favored by the Lord who was the promised son to Abraham, and Esau desired nothing of God, so this represents the rebellious generational lineage of Esau. Think of this in a spiritual context; once we are born again, these fleshly ways exist within our hearts, “flesh wars against the Spirit.”
Gen 36:31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
Gen 36:37 And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his stead.
It’s good to remember, that Edom hated the Israelites! As they passed through the wilderness towards the promised land “Canaan” they desired to pass through the Kingdom of Edom, so Moses sent messengers to inquire of the King of Edom, if they could do so, they pleaded their cause a couple of times, but The King denied them access, and threatened to kill them if they should try. ( Read Num 20:18-21) So the children of Israel patiently endured the rejection and walked away.
Edom always fought against the Israelites, because their generational hatred was due to them thinking that Jacob stole their “birthright”. This reminds me of our present day situation, that the false religious groups, who state they are of the “faith” (born of the flesh”) will hate and persecute those who have been chosen to be the True believers, (Born of the Spirit)and followers of Christ Jesus our Lord. It’s the Anti-Christ spirit, against the Holy Spirit of God.
Now I press on to King Saul, who like Saul the Pharisee, was from the tribe of Benjamin. This is quoted from “Strongs Dictionary”; “The first king of Israel, the son of Kish, and of the tribe of Benjamin. (B.C, 1095-1055).” (Another interesting note, he was king for 40 yrs) Think of the Jews wandering in the wilderness, & Jesus fasting and praying for 40 days…spiritual treasures here.
1Sa 9:1 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
1Sa 9:2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
Now I think it rather interesting that King Saul’s character represented that of the Tribe of Benjamin, as pointed out in the “Strong’s Dictionary”; “His character is, in part, illustrated by the fierce, wayward, fitful nature of the tribe, and, in part, accounted for by the struggle between the old and new systems, in which he found himself involved. To this, we must add a taint of madness, which broke out in violent frenzy, at times, leaving him with long lucid intervals.”
This is where King Saul came from, “1Sa 9:1 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.”
1Sa 9:2 And he had a son, whose name wasSaul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
The reason for Saul being picked, by the Lord, is here:
“1Sa 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
1Sa 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 1Sa 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
How every sad indeed, the people wanted to be like other nations, so instead of desiring to have a direct connection with their God, and His Ways, they desired a King from amongst them. They desired man over God Himself, they rejected Him, the One True God who had brought them out of Egypt and did wonderous works before them. This reminds me how Christianity as it stands now, seemingly desire the “ways of the world” instead of Jesus Christ Himself. They desire to enjoy all the pleasures found in worldly ways. It reminds me how decades ago, there was a slogan developed by the worldly Christian culture….”Things go better with Jesus”. Sounds very similar to the slogan “Things go better with Coke,” does it not? Catch my meaning? Do we desire the ways of the world, over Christ Jesus our Lord, “being made conformable unto His Death?”
So it was with the people of Israel who desired a man to be their Judge, King and to fight their battles, so they could serve their idols:
1Sa 8:8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
1Sa 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
I need to state here, how many “Christians” desire their Pastor to tell them how to live, how to succeed in life, how to be strong in their own might and mortify their flesh. What is acceptable unto them is not acceptable unto their God. For His Ways, are NOT our ways. Broad is the path that leadeth unto destruction, and Narrow is the Path that leadeth unto life! The pastor’s today are causing you to be their slaves to their vision, to their agenda, to build huge Temple’s, to cause you to serve them, and not your Lord. They make merchandise of you; they push their books, their music CD’s, DVD’s, movies and every marketing scheme to help you grow in the knowledge of the Lord! All the while the LORD says as you Freely receive….Freely give. They live in grandeur, while the poor among them struggle to live up to their pastor’s expectation….and their families suffer for want……that is not Freedom, that is slavery to the fleshly Anti-Christ system.
So it was announced that Saul was to be their King:
1Sa 10:23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.
1Sa 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
So the Lord picked a man who was larger in stature than any other man, the Lord gave them exactly what they wanted. King Saul was their idol, for he was strong and a warrior. He would be the protector and ruler they desired….but was he really? Sometimes the Lord shall give us what our fleshly heart desires, because He desires us to see how evil the desires of our hearts are. Which the Lord will utilize to eventually bring upon us such suffering, then we call upon Him, and he eventually will cause us to return back to Him and His ways.
King Saul reigned for almost two years doing the right thing before the Lord. Eventually King Saul greatly disobeyed the Lord, by order of the Prophet Samuel, in order to please the people, and because of that particular incident, Saul was rejected by the Lord: (I think it’s a good idea to read the record from 1 Sam 12:1-25, to save space, I’m trusting that you would read it for yourself, it is very important to see how the following chapter fits in)
1Sa 13:6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.
1Sa 13:7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
1Sa 13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
1Sa 13:9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
1Sa 13:10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
1Sa 13:11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
1Sa 13:12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
1Sa 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
1Sa 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
So King Saul due to pride, thought it best by presuming he was worthy to offer up the sacrifice for the good of the people. He erred greatly…his kingdom was then pronounced over. Moreover, the Lord set out to find a “man after His own Heart”…..that man was to be David, the Shepherd boy. So I do feel that this scripture needs to be shared:
1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
King Saul also on another account disobeyed the Lord’s command, concerning Amalek. How he was to slaughter ALL humans, and animals in their kingdom, to take NOTHING. However, again King Saul thought he knew best, his presumptuous Pride and his desire to make the people happy, got the best of him!
1Sa 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
1Sa 15:7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
1Sa 15:8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
1Sa 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
1Sa 15:10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, 1Sa 15:11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
This shows us how “rebellion is as witchcraft”, and explains why King Saul was very manic in his ways, with raging bouts of anger and hatred, because he had no peace from within. He was rejected of God, so David was chosen, because of his heart towards God. And as we know King Saul eventually delved into seeking out a witch…to raise the Prophet Samuel
1Sa_15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Let us reflect now on how mainstream Christianity reflects the Life and Love of Christ, presently. Does it teach to forsake this entire world and the religious traditions it has to offer? Rebellion and compromise (ecumenicalism) is everywhere, witchcraft, and the new age doctrine has seeped into the Institutionalized Church, because the leaders, and the people they lead, follow after their own pernicious ways, and not after Christ.
2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Next I will share how King Saul persecuted David, who was anointed to be King,(a picture of Jesus) the “chosen one, who had a “heart after God”. Then I shall share about Saul the pharisee, and how it relates to the false church against the true church and how the Lord turns the tables to save those who are truly chosen of the Lord, His Bride in Part 2.
May the Lord bless this reading to all who have a “heart after God”and give you understanding in the true ways of the Lord. The Lord bless each and everyone of you, In His Eternal Love…….
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.