“Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all they have; do not spare them, but kill man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” 1 Samuel 15:3
With absolute clarity and distinctive instruction God sent Saul on this mission:
“…go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy…”
There was no ambiguity in the instruction; as a matter of fact the detail of the instruction included how critical a precise execution of the mission was to God
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, I have considered and will punish what Amalek did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way when [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Israel] came out of Egypt” (v2).
So the question of whether Saul understood in clear terms the detail of the mission or not is not the issue. The issue is that Saul became presumptuous and got obsessed by his own idea.
For Saul, certain things were too good for destruction. Here we find Saul bringing in his own personal ideas:
“Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, oxen, fatlings, lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them; but all that was undesirable or worthless they destroyed utterly.” (v 9).
I imagine Saul and his members presumptuously saying; Oh, God is good and his mercy endures forever!
Some strong lessons we must learn here are these:
- Always use the word of God and the instructions you received from God to judge, evaluate and interpret your ideas and inspirations.
- NEVER use your ideas and inspiration to interpret or analyse the word of God or His instructions.
- Do not filter the word of God through the veil of your presuppositions, prejudice, or imaginations -It’s delusional
- Always allow the word of God to be the judge of every attitude of your heart.
Your ideas and experiences are subjective; they can never be sufficient as a guidepost to pleasing the Lord. Therefore, always subject your experiences or ideas, no matter how strong, real, and ideal, to the light of the undiluted Word of God. NEVER use your experience to interpret the Word.
It is easy to analyse and use Saul as a case study here, but how many times have you been guilty of this error as well. May God show you mercy!
What is it that God has told you to do away with, but you still consider precious? Is it a relationship? Is it a business? Or even a property?
Which area of your life or your walk with God has He been pointing your attention to for such a long time and nothing has been done about it till now?
Perhaps, you are in the same thought frame with Saul, thinking that God would tolerate disobedience as far as some things are concerned.
But remember this:
“God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
As I am being inspired to write these things, I myself shudder at the standard of God’s demand of obedience, and I can hear the echo of my very thought saying:
“Oh Lord, have mercy on me”
Are these not too strict and legalistic rules in a dispensation of grace? I pondered.
But the Spirit of the Lord answered me saying:
“My grace is sufficient; the people of the old covenant did not have the power to will and to do according to My good pleasure. But now that the power of grace is at work from the inside of my people, they must awaken to this consciousness, and live as they ought to”.
Here is the bottom line, when God’s words are clear and specific your own personal ideas, people’s opinion or views do not count.
Written by Michael Toyin-Emmanuel.
This is a excerpt from the book Obedience – The Key to Walking in God’s Favour Continually[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]