“They Cried Out…”
Samuel called the people to “take your stand”…be still…and listen.
He then gave a succinct review of what the Lord had done for them…and their reaction.
Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the LORD who appointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt.
“So now, take your stand, that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous acts of the LORD which He did for you and your fathers.
“When Jacob went into Egypt and your fathers cried out to the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place.
“But they forgot the LORD their God, so He sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.
“They cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned because we have forsaken the LORD and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.’
“Then the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Bedan and Jephthah and Samuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around, so that you lived in security.
“When you saw that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ although the LORD your God was your king.
The Lord had:
- Appointed Moses and Aaron to bring them up…rescue…them from Egypt
- Done righteous acts
- Settled them in the land
- Sold them into the hand of Sisera, Philistines, Moab (due to their rebellion)
- Delivered them via judges…so that they lived securely
- Been their King.
What had the people done?:
- Cried out to the Lord
- Forgot the Lord their God
- Cried out to the Lord
- Acknowledged their sin
- Demanded a king to reign over them
- Rejected the Lord their God as King
It is the pattern of many who profess to be of the faith.
Live like they want…
Cry out to God…
Live like they want…
True repentance/confession will bring forth a change in life.
Do not be as Israel was…is…
“The Lord Is Witness”
Saul was now king.
The people had what they wanted.
Now, Samuel was going to recount some things to the people.
But first, he wanted the people to consider how he had lived before them.
Samuel said to all Israel,
“I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you.
Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day.
Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the LORD and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right.”
“You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied.
“You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.”
Samuel said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” “He is witness,” they said.
Then Samuel said to the people,
“It is the LORD who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your ancestors up out of Egypt.
Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the LORD as to all the righteous acts performed by the LORD for you and your ancestors.
Samuel was at the end of his life, old and grey.
He gave the people opportunity to testify against him.
Was there any way that he had harmed any of them?
If so, he would make it right.
The people declared that he had not cheated nor oppressed them.
He had not taken anything from them.
Therefore, Samuel would now confront (interesting word) them with evidence before the Lord as to the righteous acts the Lord had done for them and their ancestors.
We will continue later.
For today, may we live before one another as Samuel did.
Saul was victorious in his first military excursion.
He defeated the Ammonites.
What was the response of the people?
The people then said to Samuel, “Who was it that asked, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’
Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death.”
Remember how there were people who were questioning whether Saul could rule?
Now, people were wanting to bring the doubters to death.
Saul had proven himself.
Now, they wanted to eradicate the doubters.
But Saul said, “No one will be put to death today, for this day the LORD has rescued Israel.”
Saul refused the adulation.
Saul refused the vindication of man.
He knew that it was the Lord that had rescued Israel.
No one would are put to death today…that day.
The doubters were on notice.
Read what Samuel led the people to do…
Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.”
So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the LORD.
There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the LORD,
and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.
The people renewed the kingship.
Note “all” the people.
All went to Gilgal.
All made Saul king in the presence of the Lord.
All sacrificed fellowship offerings before the Lord.
All and Saul held a great celebration.
They were one.
This would soon pass.
We as the Body of Christ, by definition, are One.
Those that are truly saved.
Those that have truly repented, confessed and called upon the name of the Lord.
There are many of the organizational church that are not saved.
They are not a part of the true organism of the Body of Christ.
Sadly, they are a major portion.
Where do you fall?
Are you ready?
This is a gory account.
Two major things to see.
- The Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily. Saul became mightily/righteously angry
- The dread of the Lord came upon the people. They responded as one.
Now, read the account…
Now Nahash the Ammonite came up and besieged Jabesh-gilead;
and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us and we will serve you.”
But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “I will make it with you on this condition, that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make it a reproach on all Israel.”
The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Let us alone for seven days, that we may send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to deliver us, we will come out to you.”
Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the people lifted up their voices and wept.
Now behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen, and he said,
“What is the matter with the people that they weep?”
So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh.
Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words,
and he became very angry.
He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” Then the dread of the LORD fell on the people,
and they came out as one man.
He numbered them in Bezek; and the sons of Israel were 300,000,
and the men of Judah 30,000.
They said to the messengers who had come, “Thus you shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will have deliverance.’” So the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.
Then the men of Jabesh said “Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you.”
The next morning Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp at the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
May we respond in like manner to the Word of the Lord…
“Valiant or Worthless?”
Samuel presented Saul as king to Israel.
The people responded “long live the king.”
They had what they wanted.
They had a king.
They had rejected God to attain the king.
They did not care.
Now, we continue the narrative…
Then Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote them in the book and placed it before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his house.
Saul also went to his house at Gibeah;
and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him.
But certain worthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?”
And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.
Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom.
He told them and wrote them down in a book.
He then placed the book before the Lord.
Samuel had done what the Lord told him to do.
Saul went home. Yet, trouble was already brewing.
Sides were being taken.
Certain worthless men (we see that phrase in several places in Scripture) questioned how Saul, “this one”, could deliver them.
They despised Saul.
They did not present themselves before him.
Saul knew this, and kept silent.
The other side were valiant men.
Men that went home with Saul.
Men whose hearts had been touched by God.
Which are you?