April 5, 2006
Read 1 Samuel 14:24
Saul's foolish oath; Saul commanded to destroy all Amalekites; he sins by sparing the enemy king; David anointed
Few kings in biblical history were blessed with as many advantages as Saul. But he soon forgot the real source of his success. He became more concerned with impressing the people than with pleasing the Lord. It was not long before Saul exposed his true character when Samuel came to him and said: Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to
Saul defeated the Amalekites and then erected a memorial to himself at
Saul was more concerned about his public image before the elders of
There is nothing so self-deceiving than professing Christ as Savior and Lord when the real motive is to gain personal recognition and praise.
Then said Jesus . . . If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed (John 8:31).
14:24 adjured = bound them under oath; 14:28 straitly charged = strictly bound; 14:31 smote = struck down; 14:41 perfect lot = right answer; 14:46 went up from following = stopped pursuing; 14:47 took the kingdom = consolidated his rule; vexed = harassed; 15:29 repent = change His mind; 15:32 delicately = cheerfully with confidence for his life had been spared by the king and he did not fear the prophet
Through David's name (I Samuel 16:13) which means beloved. David is a type of Jesus, whom the Heavenly Father called: My beloved Son (Matthew 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 9:7; Luke 3:22; 9:35).
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Samuel 15:22