A summary of the past few weeks…

And we do so again for good reason, too many to list! The His-story of Israel – the people of God, which ALL who trust and believe in The Word of God  – Jesus are began at the beginning of ‘Time’. Yes, Scientific arguments have rallied over ‘Evolution.’ My simple question is how does a dinosaur evolve into a huMan? Yes! Arguments rage on, but simply I know where I stand! In the end it does not matter what you believe! My future is in MY hands.

Yes! I am here on Earth; each day we realize more and more how puny the size of this grain is in the Sack of Existence! We seek other ‘forms’ of life: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/search-for-life/why-we-search/

Not to spend too much ‘time’ on this, I would rather focus on what is known. We are Created from two separate individuals (our parents) –  If one sperm does make its way into the fallopian tube and burrows into the egg, it fertilizes the egg. The egg changes so that no other sperm can get in. At the instant of fertilization, your baby’s genes and sex are set. If the sperm has a Y chromosome, your baby will be a boy. Pregnancy begins once the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. The embryo grows and becomes surrounded by structures that provide support and nourishment. Eyes, limbs, and organs appear as the embryo develops into a fetus. The fetus grows inside the uterus until pregnancy ends with labor and birth.

Back to our main topic, king David. Key questions is why among humans is David termed in The Word: “A Man after God’s heart.” Not once, but twice. First when he was annointed by the prophet Samuel after God led Samuel to annoint a son of Jesse, after king Saul repeatedly disobeyed The Word of God.

To understand why David was a man after God’s own heart, we need to see what characteristics he had to qualify for such an exalted description. In the book of Acts, the apostle Paul speaks of God’s feelings about King David: “After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do’” (Acts 13:22). The answer to why David was considered a man after God’s own heart is found right in the verse: David did whatever God wanted him to do. An obvious question is how could God still call David a man after His own heart when David committed such terrible sins, including adultery and murder? We learn much of David’s character in the book of Psalms as he opened up his life for all to examine. David’s life was a portrait of success and failure, and the biblical record highlights the fact that David was far from perfect. But what made David a cut above the rest was that his heart was pointed toward God. He had a deep desire to follow God’s will and do “everything” God wanted him to do. He was a man after God’s own heart. Let’s look at some characteristics of David’s life to discover what that entails –

A brief incursion into king Saul. From the days of Moses, there were ‘leaders’ who prayerfully stood aside as The Creator of ALL led The people of God.  A brief review: twins Esau and Jacob. The deception of Isaac in his old age of usurping the prayer and blessing that were for the first born son. Yet, a brief review is that Esau heel was encircled by the hand of his twin brother! They in essence were fraternal twins: Non-identical twins are created when a woman produces two eggs at the same time and both are fertilised, each by a different sperm. The fertilised egg is called a zygote, and these non-identical twins are known as dizygotic or fraternal twins, because they grew from two separate zygotes. 

Their mother had her favorite. Did Jacob and Esau have a good mom? A good mother wants the best for her children. She will do what it takes to ensure her children have what they need. Rebekah made a tremendous sacrifice in order to ensure her son received Isaac’s blessing. She understood what the blessing was worth.

And Jacob given the possibility of murder was sent away where he encountered human doublehandedness and was given his thought hearts desire, but was placed with her sister and needed to serve his father in law for 7 more years to earn the right to marry his true love. After his father in law sought to dupe him: 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2030%3A25-31%3A55&version=EXB  Tricked by his father-in-law into marrying his true love’s sister, Jacob waited 14 years before he could be with Rachel. When Jacob met Rachel he kissed her and “lifted up his voice, and wept” (Genesis 29:11).

Then The Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.”

En route home, for fear of his brothers anger for tricking their father, he separated his property with Esaus sent ahead first. He attempted to sleep but ended up wrestling for the whole night till dawn: Jacob wrestling with the angel is described in Genesis. The “angel” in question is referred to as “man” and “God” in Genesis, while Hosea references an “angel”. The account includes the renaming of Jacob as Israel. In the Genesis narrative, Jacob spent the night alone on a riverside during his journey back to Canaan.

Israel then did as led and had 12 sons, one of them Joseph. This is a story that we have shared and speaks to trusting God in ALL situations.  Attempted murder, sold into slavery and presented as killed by wild animals to Israel (formally Jacob). I will state here and remind us of the dreams he had that raised the resentment in his brothers. A slave in Egypt, his attempted seduction by the wife of his owner! Being thrown in jail (mind you! He was not murdered with/in anger for this allegation.) In jail, he was placed in charge of the other prisoners. He interpreted dreams after praying. Most notably, two of the palatial staff – a wine server and a baker. He did interpret their dreams and they came to pass. He was promised being mentioned in the palace but was forgotten until…

Genesis 41:9-15 ERV

Then the wine servant remembered Joseph and said to Pharaoh, “I remember something that happened to me. You were angry with the baker and me, and you put us in prison. Then one night he and I had a dream. Each dream had a different meaning. There was a young Hebrew man in prison with us. He was a servant of the commander of the guards. We told him our dreams, and he explained them to us. He told us the meaning of each dream, and what he said came true. He said I would be free and have my old job back, and it happened. He also said the baker would die, and it happened!” 

So Pharaoh called Joseph from the prison.  the guards. We told him our dreams, and he explained them to us. He told us the meaning of each dream, and what he said came true. He said I would be free and have my old job back, and it happened. He also said the baker would die, and it happened!” So Pharaoh called Joseph from the prison. The guards quickly got Joseph out of prison. Joseph shaved, put on some clean clothes, and went to see Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can explain it for me. I heard that you can explain dreams when someone tells you about them.”Joseph prayed and exactly what he was sent to Egypt for came to pass:Pharaoh gave Joseph a position of power in Egypt because Joseph had correctly interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams. God gave Joseph the ability to interpret the king’s dreams and the wisdom to recommend a course of action. Joseph’s proposal “seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, ‘Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you’” (Genesis 41:37–40).

Pharaoh believed that Joseph had a spiritual power that would benefit his country. Spiritual powers were taken very seriously in Egypt during this time, and Pharaoh promptly promoted Joseph to be his second-in-command. Interestingly, this is the third time in the Genesis account that Joseph’s spiritual life is appealing to non-believers.

The first occasion happened while Joseph served in Potiphar’s house. “When [Potiphar] saw that the Lord was with [Joseph] and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field” (Genesis 39:3–5).

The second occasion took place during Joseph’s time in prison. “The Lord was with [Joseph]; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did” (Genesis 39:21–23).

In all three cases—with Potiphar, with the warden, and with Pharaoh—the Lord was with Joseph and caused him to prosper. The emphasis in Genesis is not on how great Joseph was, but on how God blessed him. Joseph was used by God to preserve the descendants of Abraham, through whom God would bless the entire world (Genesis 12:3).

In contrast to the favor shown to Joseph by the Egyptians, Joseph’s older brothers despised him on three occasions and then sold him into slavery. The first time, they resented Joseph’s coat of many colors, which represented authority (Genesis 37:4). The second time, the brothers took issue with a dream of Joseph’s that indicated his family would someday bow before him—a dream that eventually came true (Genesis 37:8). The third time, the brothers were “jealous” after Joseph shared a similar dream (Genesis 37:11). Soon after, they threw Joseph into a pit, sold him into slavery, and led their father to believe Joseph had been killed by wild animals.

The shameful actions of Joseph’s family stand in stark contrast to God’s work in Joseph’s life in Egypt. In his family, Joseph was despised three times then rejected. In Egypt, Joseph interpreted dreams on three occasions and was accepted as a leader by a pagan ruler. God took an unlikely person from the lowest of positions to the highest levels of influence. Joseph’s political power was a gift of God’s ultimate power in the fulfillment of His plan (see Daniel 2:21).

And we fast forward to the numbers of the Israelites brought into Egypt threatening the native population of Egypt and the midwives were instructed to kill all male Israeli children And we fast forward to the numbers of the Israelites brought into Egypt threatening the native population of Egypt and the midwives were instructed to kill all male Israeli children https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%201%3A15-22&version=GW

This was when Moses was born and kept hidden from the authorities till he could not be hidden any longer and he was placed in a tar lined basket and adopted into the royal family.  .

Moses had a temper, and seeing an Egyptian guard ill treat Israelite, he struck him and mistakenly killed him:

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”

The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”

They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”

“And where is he?” he asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”

Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become an alien in a foreign land.”

This brings us to the burning bush and Moses being sent back to Egypt.  God sent Moses back to Egypt to demand the release of the Israelites from slavery. Moses said that he could not speak eloquently, so God allowed Aaron, his elder brother, to become his spokesperson.

We can review His-story from Joseph in the land of Jesus to Moses adopted and educated as a royal to his escape from the wrath of Pharaoh to his return to Egypt and the Isrealites exiting Egypt in our past shares. To the statement below in comparison to surrounding People’s:

We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.

Saul was chosen. The account of Saul’s life comes from the Old Testament book of I Samuel. The son of Kish, a well-to-do member of the tribe of Benjamin, he was made king by the league of 12 Israelite tribes in a desperate effort to strengthen Hebrew resistance to the growing Philistine threat.

1. Fatal Beginning: I Samuel 8:4-7 (Read)

 The Elders (the Leaders) uncoupled themselves from God’s leadership.
They decided instead to obey their own desires – their voice/their
desires will be King. (This is a repeat of Genesis 3 when desires become King)

Samuel’s Warning (1 Samuel 8:10-18)

God warns his people through the prophet Samuel that the leader they elect will bring trials upon them. The phrase “He will take” is repeated in verses 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.

He will take:

  • Your sons
  • Your daughters
  • The best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards
  • A tenth of your grain
  • Your male and female servants, and your donkeys
  • A tenth of your flocks…and you shall be his slaves.

This is important: Whenever you uncouple your life from God and listen to another voice, that voice takes. He will take.

John 10:10 – “I have come that they may have life, and to have it to the full…the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy…(i.e. to take).

Samuel 8:18 – Just hold on to that, there will be a day when you cry out and the LORD will not answer!

People’s Response (1 Samuel 8:19-20)

Even after God’s warning, the people respond –we don’t want God as our King, we want what we want, we want to be like everyone else. Just like the kid in the movie, “We want ice cream!”

The LORD’s Response (1 Samuel 8:22)

Verse 22 is such a scary and sobering voice. The Lord said to Samuel: “Obey their voice.” Let them lead. “Make them a king.” Give them a king in their own image. One who is emotionally immature, a king who will easily uncouple himself from God’s instruction.

2. Saul’s Downward Spiral of Leadership

It is worth noticing in 1 Samuel 9:1-2 that Saul is wealthy, handsome, and tall. These are all of the external qualities the world is looking for in a leader. Yet, it is not those qualities which make great leaders.

Saul’s 1st Leadership Test – Chapter 13

Samuel (representing God’s voice) tells Saul to go to Gilgal and prepare to fight against the Philistines. Saul is instructed to wait 7 days for Samuel to arrive. When Samuel arrives, he is supposed to give an offering (seeking the Lord’s favor in battle) and give instruction to Saul.

So here is the real leadership test. It is not the fight against the enemy (Philistines), the real fight is against himself. Will Saul obey they voice of the Lord or will he “eat the ice cream?”

Question: As a leader, are you willing to be led by God’s Word, even when you have to wait? Even when it looks like things are falling apart and people are abandoning you? Even when everyone else is doing business another way? When those things happen, who’s voice do you obey? This is a constant challenge!

Read 1 Samuel 13:8-11 – This is oh so painful. So familiar to times in my own life! In verse 10, if he had just waited a little. In verse 11, he is skilled in blame shifting. He says “I saw,” meaning that he follows what he sees, not God’s instructions. He blames the people, then Samuel, and then the Philistines. Everyone gets thrown under the bus, except Saul! In verse 12, he says “So I forced myself”. In other words: it was difficult to go against God’s word, but I forced myself. Saul uncouples himself from God’s Word.

Back to the key point, your biggest enemy is yourself!

A Second Similar Test – Chapter 15

Who’s word will Saul obey? Samuel gives Saul specific instructions to destroy the wicket Amalekites. “Saul, go to war and don’t bring anything back.”

Saul’s response is in 1 Samuel 15:9. Saul keeps the king (Agag) and the best of the livestock alive. Verse 12 tells us that after the battle, Saul sets up a monument to himself. His voice, his desires are 1 Samuel 15:19-21 display so many poor leadership traits: Blame shifting, the fear of man, and a disconnect between his leadership and those he leads.

1 Samuel 15:23b is the LORD’s response. “Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you from being king.”

Chapter 18

Following David’s defeat of Goliath (Read vs. 6-9), Saul’s emotionally immaturity intensifies.Saul’s childish response is so incredibly unattractive. He drifts further from God. Saul is uncoupled from God’s word and is slowly being destroyed.

Chapter 28

Saul is nearing the end of his reign. He is now completely uncoupled from God’s voice and under great pressure from the Philistines.

Read 1 Samuel 28:5-6. Saul doesn’t cry out to repent, he doesn’t cry out for a restored relationship with God. No, he cries out for rescue. He is only concerned about himself. Recall 1 Samuel 8:18. God did not answer him in that day.

Read 1 Samuel 28:7 . Saul, who once forced himself to go against God’s Word now easily consults a Medium, a Necromancer.

Leaders, please listen. Sin, when left unchecked, grows. When you uncouple yourself from God’s word, it may seem like a small thing in the beginning. But when left unchecked, it is catastrophic.

Chapter 31

Saul commits suicide. John 10:10. The enemy wins. Saul’s total destruction. The failure of obedience can have some heavy consequences. Saul loses himself, his sons, and a nation.

For/with David, The Lord Was His Rock And Fortress

It is easy to feel afraid when enemies surround us. We may never know when the next attack would be. However, David did not fail to take courage in the Lord, for He was his rock and refuge.

  • Psalms 18:2; 31:2,3- David regarded the Lord as his rock and his fortress when the Lord rescued him from the hand of Saul and his other enemies.
  • Psalms 62:2, 6-Enemies did not significantly shake him because His rock and His fortress was the Lord.
  • Psalms 71:3-God was his rock and refuge to which he may continually come.
  • Psalms 94:22-Although the wicked rulers against him, he claims the assurance that God was the rock of his refuge.

Being a person after God’s Own heart means that your life is in harmony with God. Your life is in sync with God. What makes Him sad makes you sad! What’s important to Him is important to you! When He tells you go to go one way, you trust Him and follow!

And we pray:

O Lord, my Heavenly Father, I praise Your holy name. I pray for Your will to be done in my life and in this world, for Your way to be done here on Earth as it is done in Heaven. I am not in control, Lord, You are, even though that is often hard for me to admit and accept. Father, renew a right spirit within me. Guide and lead me for this extremely short period in existence. The true joy and fulfillment is yet to be seen. I ask, beg and plead that You become my only reason, Amen.

Praying for the will of God to be done in and through our lives on earth, as it is in heaven, means that we are willing to go through whatever might prevent that purpose from being accomplished. Our prayer is that we want to be so aligned with the will and purpose of God that we ask God to empower us to accomplish it.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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