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1 Samuel Chapter 11
verse 1 – 3
This chapter begins by telling us that Nahash the Ammonite went and took over Jabesh Gilead. All the men asked him to make a treaty with them and they will be subject to him. Nahash told them that the only way he make a treaty with them was is he can gouge out the right eye of everyone of them and make a disgrace on all Israel. The elders of Jabesh asked for seven days to send a messenger to find someone to rescue them.
Verse 4 – 8
When the messenger out to Gibeah where Saul lived he told the people the terms and everyone cried. Saul was just coming back from the fields. Saul asked what was wrong with the people? and why were they crying. The people repeated to him what was said by the merchant.
When Saul heard the people the spirit of God came upon him and he burned with anger. Saul took a [air of Oxen. cut them up in pieces and sent them by messengers throughout Israel with a message saying this will happen to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel. The bible says the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they turned out as one man. When Saul rallied everyone up in Bezek the men of Israel was three hundred thousan strong and th men of Judah was thirty thousand.
After reading these verse I thought about how God will let you know when it’s time to step in. WHen the time comes the presence of God will be with you. In chapter ten Samuel told Saul do what you want with your hands, God is with you.
Now in these verse the spirit of God came on him and it was time to move in his purpose. God will move us when it’s time, no matter how much you prepare for it. when it comes the power of God will come with it. That’s apart of building your foundation of faith, will you have the faith to know that God will be present.
verse 9 – 11
Saul told the messenger to tell the people of Jabesh Gilead that they will be delivered, by the time the sun is hot the next day ( Around noon). When the messenger returned with the message the people in Jabesh were happy. They said to the Amonnites that the would surrender to them the next day and then they could do what ever they wanted.
That night Saul and his men entered the camp of the Ammonites and slaughtered them until noon the next day. The men who survived where scattered, the men were scattered so that no two men were together.
As we read on we learn that when the power of God is with us, we are unstoppable. When God gives you your assignment and you begin to walk in it. You feel a sense of peace wholeness, and strength. you begin to understand that this is the thing that you were put here to do. As you begin to walk in it, Gods power begins to shine within you. Serving a God whole is true to his word and sovereign over all things Saul and his men not only surpassed the number of enemies but the all went forward in obedience.
The people of Jabesh showed us examples of faith, they had the confidence that Saul was going to come and defeat their enemies. So much faith, that they were able to encourage the Ammonites to stay to the next day and they could do what ever they wanted. Do you have faith like that? Faith that will allow you to sacrifice your safety ?
verse 12 – 15
The people then looked around and said now where are the ones that doubted Saul being the king. We should put them to death. Saul intervened and said nobody will be but to death. This is the day the Lord rescued Israel.
Samuel told the people to go with him back to Gilgal and reaffirm the kingship. The people went back and confirmed Saul as king in the presence of the Lord. There the sacrificed fellowship offerings before the Lord, and Saul and all the Israel lights had a great celebration.
Have you ever been the person that the Lord uses to give the blessings, to pass out the answers to prayers. I never thought about that until now. Saul was the answer to the peoples prayers to be saved and defeat there enemy for them. The Lord sent Saul because he heard the cry of the people. So now the Lord used his empty vessel ( Saul) and rescued the people of Israel.
Today meditate on the how you can become an empty vessel, how can God use you to pass out the answer to someones prayers.
For the most important part, if you are looking for Salvation or the first step to becoming an empty vessel download a free bible app, google, or turn your bible to Romans 10:9 Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and God raised him from the dead and you shall be Saved. get yourself into the word of good and fellowship with a sound doctrine bible based church.