Monday, June 4
Today's reading: 1 Samuel 11:1-15
Today we get a look at Saul's early leadership style, and I have to say, it is impressive. The Ammonites have taken control of the city of Jabesh-gilead, and the Ammonite leader, Nahash, has agreed to make a treaty with the people--with the condition that each person's right eye be gouged out as a way to disgrace Israel. (Talk about a picture of an arrogant bully). In desperation and with the hope of receiving aid from kinsmen, Jabesh-gilead sends word of their impending plight around the countryside.
When the message reaches Saul's community of Gibeah, the people are sad but no one suggests taking action to help. That all changes, however, once Saul hears about this horrific situation. He responds immediately, calling for the people of Israel to rally together to rescue the city of Jabesh-gilead. Saul then organizes the large group who responds, and they proceed to crush the Ammonites and take back the city. Then immediately after the victory, we get another glimpse of Saul's leadership when he refuses to allow the killing of a number of men who had opposed his leadership. Well done, Saul!
What did you learn from this account about understanding, helping and/or leading people? How will you use what you learned from this account to help you as you direct, lead and work with others? Tami
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