“The Sin’s of Saul continue”

“The Sin’s of Saul continue”



                Now don’t get me wrong, I am sure that Saul had a list of

accomplishments a mile long that were good and a blessing to the Lord.  Sadly though, as we continue our study, we

seem to only focus on his shortcomings. 

Even after the situation with Agag, the King of Amalek, Saul remained King

of Israel even though the LORD had already selected David to be his

replacement.  Saul knew his reign would

end badly, yet he did not know that God had already ordained David.  Shortly after the selection of David, we see

his Giant accomplishment of faith (pun intended) in his defeat of Goliath.  Of course, Saul celebrated David’s victory as

well because it bought him more time as the King.  However, as time progressed, that would

change.  David’s popularity had grown so

much that it had surpassed that of the king. 

Then the comparisons began; Saul had slain his thousands, and David his

ten thousand (I Samuel 18.6).  This made

Saul grow jealous and very angry, and from that day on he looked at David with

“suspicion”.  Then the very next day,

Saul’s anger overtook him as an attempt to pin David to the wall with his

spear.  By God’s grace, he missed, but

the damage was already done.  The spirit

of the LORD had been removed from Saul and was now on David.  Saul’s jealously and anger continue for the

next several chapters as Saul continues to seek to kill David.   It doesn’t take very long for us to see the

dreadful downward spiral of King Saul, once the LORD’s anointed, now Satan’s

pawn.  How could all this happen?  Sadly, it is very simple; the moment when Saul

began to think of himself more highly than he ought to think -he fell.  The reason why the proverb of Solomon is true

concerning pride going before destruction, is that pride forces us to keep our

focus on self.  When we become obsessed

with self, we fail to see the traps that Satan has laid out for us and we fall

into them.  Sadly, we keep falling

repeatedly until we get to the point of no return.  I pray that we never get to that point, but

that we continue to strive to maintain a clear understanding of who we are and

who God is.