Very little relevance?

“And the Lord sent you on a mission and said, ‘Go ….’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord?” 1 Samuel 15:18-19.

I’ll bet you had to look to see if this quote was from the Old or New Testaments and then breathed a sigh of relief when you saw that it concerned an Israelite king who died long ago and has very little relevance to you. That’s the struggle!

We forget that in 1 Corinthians 10 God uses the Israelites in the wilderness to warn us not to fall into their sins. Or Romans 15:4, which tells us that the Old Testament was written so that with encouragement and endurance we might have hope.

It is very relevant, especially considering that God has sent us also on a mission that begins with the command to “Go.” After explaining that all authority was His, Jesus tells us to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

What if 1 Samuel 15 was calling us into account when we make excuses or justify why we had to modify God’s command instead of King Saul. The kingdom was taken from him then.

Are you obeying the voice of the Lord?

Doug Kashorek

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