At all times in the Bible, from the beginning until the end, God Elohim has taught the ways to live and not perish. The commandments that were given to mankind are words that make man live when followed in complete obedience, and words that kill when disobeyed. However, the records of the Bible showed how mankind were apt to easily fall into the trap of arrogance, insisting on their own understanding. We can learn so much from the following record about King Saul who was rejected by God as king for his disobedience.
- 1 Samuel 15:1-23
1 Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD. 2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ” 4 So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim–two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men from Judah. 5 Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. 6Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites. 7 Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east of Egypt. 8 He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. 9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs–everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed. 10 Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: 11 “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turnedaway from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD all that night. 12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.” 13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.” 14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?” 15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.” 16 “Stop!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” “Tell me,” Saul replied. 17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.’ 19 Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?” 20“But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.” 22 But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”
Through Saul’s story we can realise what God wants of us. Although we say that what we do is for the Lord, insisting on our own opinion and not following absolutely what God has commanded us through His words written in the Bible, then we commit the sin of rebellion.
Today there are so many people who make all efforts in showing that they love God. However, they insist on their limited understanding of the will of God.
Command of God:
Keep the Sabbath Day Holy
“It doesn’t matter whether I worship on Saturday or Sunday or any day I wish to, I do it for God anyway. “
Command of God:
Passover at an appointed time
“It doesn’t matter if I want to receive His body and blood, whether I receive it everyday or every Monday, or weekly. Anyway, it is Jesus I keep in remembrance when I do it.”
There are many more commands of God Elohim that we have to follow absolutely. And yes, man also has many excuses to put up to suit their personal circumstances and intention. In the end, there are only two destination for man who is nothing in the presence of God Elohim–eternal salvation or eternal punishment.
What true blessing it is to have found the Zion, the Church of God where Father Christ Ahnsanghong and Heavenly Mother New Jerusalem dwell. I have found the perfect truth that leads to life. and through their grace and will, I have learned obedience.