Thursday, June 23, 2005

Searching for the Joy - 18

1Sa 11:15 - "So all the people went to Gilgal; and there in Gilgal they made Saul king before the Lord; and peace-offerings were offered before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel were glad with great joy."

My first thought upon reading this was, “These people are crazy. They are celebrating doing the very thing that God told them not to do. God said He would be their king.”

Then I looked a bit more. Just before this God’s spirit fell on Saul and he organized Israel and they won a great victory against the Ammonites. After the victory the people wanted to make Saul their king and called for the death of those who were opposed. Saul, however, showed great clemency in saying, “There shall not a man be put to death this day”.

Where is the joy
The people had someone who could lead them to victory and this gave them confidence and joy. We too have someone. Jesus, who is the rightful king, gives us hope for victory over the enemy, over our flesh, even over death. How good is that?

1 comment:

Dave King said...

It is good man!

- Peace