April 9. 2019

One day Samuel said to Saul, “It was the Lord who told me to anoint you as king of his people, Israel. Now listen to this message from the Lord!  This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt.  Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.” -1 Samuel 15:1-3 NLT
The imagery and symbolism of marriage is applied to Christ and the body of believers known as the church. The church is comprised of those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and have received eternal life. Christ, the Bridegroom, has sacrificially and lovingly chosen the church to be His bride. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:22-27)
Leader, just like Saul, our version of doing GOD’s WILL and doing GOD’s WILL, God’s way- are not usually the same.  As with Saul, we get full ourselves- PRIDE, and we build a monument to ourselves. See verses 12-13.  Samuel is old in his age, he is hard of sight- I’ve heard some commentators state he could have been blind.  He might not have had ‘eyes to see’, but he had ‘ears to hear. … what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded. (v14). Saul viewed God’s COMMANDS as somewhat of a guideline.  Like many of us, we can be disobeying God and yet lecturing others on how great we are.  Look at the presidential race and candidate Pete Buttigieg hating on Mike Pence and saying Mike Pence is a bad Christian and hates His Maker- because Pence believes what the Bible says about homosexuality.  Are we doing God’s will, or are we doing OUR VERSION of God’s WORD and GOD’s WILL and NOT- GOD’s WAY?
Conduit, Samuel told us of God’s most cherished gift He desires from us: Obedience- He loves when we listen to HIM.  Men are called to Love their wives like Christ loved the church- sacrificially, even when they are NOT lovable!  And Women, the church, is called to RESPECT their husbands- to submit to them.  Submission is an act of will, to LISTEN, to pay respect.  When a man is respected, they feel loved- just like GOD–One of the greatest ways we disrespect someone is by NOT LISTENING TO THEM.  “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? (Luke 6:46) John 14:15, our LORD makes it very clear: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”. But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22) Keep the WORD of the LORD, NOT your version of it- and NOT the WORD of the WORLD!

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