Year 2 Day 254
Read - 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1
Message - Alan Burke
Just another ordinary day! Is that how it is for you? Just incase you have forgotten where we are, it was just another ordinary day for Saul but it turned out that the Lord God was at work in the midst of it all brining Saul to where he wanted him to be. For God governs all his creatures, and all their actions and this is called providence (Ps. 103:19, Matt. 10:29–31). To help us to understand that this wasn’t just a coincidence and that it was all according to God’s plans and proposes were let in on what God was doing.
This flashback seems more suited to a Hollywood film or TV series that is there to help us understand what is going on. But that is precisely why it is here, it is given to us so that we know that the Lord God was indeed working in all that was taking place. For it was the Lord God had brought Saul to this point. We learn that he is to be the leader of the people of Israel (16). This leader was to save the Lord’s people from the Philistines, from the hand of their enemies and this leader was to govern the people of God.
Then when Samuel lays his eyes on Saul (20), he observes that he is exactly what the people would want in a leader. In Saul, Israel gets what it desires, the description given to us at the beginning of the chapter (9:1-2) that was more akin to something that one would find in a lonely hearts column of a ‘young, tall and handsome, well built farmer’ is the kind of king the people wanted. That was the kind of king Israel wanted, and Samuel seen that in Saul. The kind of king the people wanted was one like the other nations. Yes it was what they wanted, but it was not what they needed. In Saul they would for a time prosper, he would indeed deal with the Philistines but in the end it didn’t end well just as the Lord had warned them.
The Lord God by accepting the demands of his people used it for his purposes, for the Lord God works all things together for the good of those who love him and his purposes in redemptive history. Many years later the Lord God gave his people another King, it was the kind of King that we all need, this King alone is the saviour, he is the one whom we either accept or reject. This King, Jesus Christ rules from the right hand of God the Father, he is the one who we look to, the one who should govern our actions, the one who we we pray for his kingdom to come, his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. This will happen when the true King returns and on that day, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:10-11).
Q20 Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?
God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, (Eph. 1:4) did enter into a (covenant of grace), to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer. (Rom. 3:20–22, Gal. 3:21–22)