2017-07-15 - Following the Instructions
1 Samuel 15:10-11 (NIV)--Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: "I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions."
When Jan and I moved to the "country," a relative was helping us put in a doggie door. Unfortunately the relative wouldn't look at instructions, and proceeded to install the door backwards. Once we looked at the instruction booklet, it worked well.
How often have you purchased something that required assembly? Have many times have you discarded the instructions and said to yourself, "I can do this myself--who needs instructions?" How did it turn out for you? Did you have to go back later and find the instructions?
Saul was chosen by God to become King of Israel. Samuel anointed Saul and gave him God's instructions. Saul was to follow these instructions. Saul promised to follow the commands of God, but his behavior showed otherwise. On one occasion, Saul couldn't wait long enough for Samuel to arrive before an important battle; Saul offered the burnt offering himself. This action was a serious violation of God's directions. Another time, Saul failed to follow God's instructions and did not completely wipe out the enemy Amalekites and their belongings. Samuel confronted Saul about this failure to obey. Saul replied, "I have sinned. I violated the Lord's command and your instructions." (1 Samuel 15:24)
Today, we find God's instructions in the Bible. They begin with the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament and end with Jesus' words in the New Testament. Jesus summed them up in two great commandments in Mark 12:29-31. We are instructed to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Second, we are to "Love your neighbor as yourself." If we follow these instructions, how can we go wrong?
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted