August 1, 2013

Introduction to The Hollow

King Saul

1 Samuel 15:10-28

In the eyes of the soldiers and the Jewish people, Saul had won a great victory over a long-time enemy, but in God’s eyes he was a failure. Saul had once been a modest young man, but now for the second time, he had willfully disobeyed the Lord’s will and even erected a monument in honor of the event. He was to annihilate a nation that for centuries had done evil, but he ended up doing evil himself. When confronted by Samuel, Saul argues with him for quite some time, making up excuses trying to justify his behavior. Ultimately, the prophet went on to reveal that Saul’s sins of rebellion and arrogance revealed that he had rejected the Word of the Lord. To know God’s will and deliberately disobey it is to put ourselves above God and therefore become our own god. The prideful forget that God doesn’t need them to fulfill his plans. When we fail to be obedient, God will simply use someone else, like a shepherd boy named David, to do what needs to be done.