The Ministries of our Church
Spotlight 3 31 2012
Sabbath blessings, Berean! Did you know that obedience means more to God than anything else we can give? Nothing illustrates the immense loss that can occur when we don’t obey God than the story of King Saul.
God told Saul that He remembered how the Amalekites laid in wait for the Israelites when they were being led to Canaan. God’s directions to Saul: “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” I Samuel 15: 2-3. Yet Saul decided that he would keep the Amalekite king alive and save the best of the sheep and oxen to offer to the Lord as sacrifices. Sounds real noble of him doesnʼt it—saving the best for the Lord? But what Saul and the people really did was offer as sacrifices animals that were desecrated in God’s eyes and kept their own! And why save the Amalekite king? You see in those days it was customary to take a captured king and drag him through the streets as a triumph to the conquering king. Hmmm...sounds like the glory would go to Saul and not God.
But the amazing thing was how Saul justified his actions: “. . . For the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice unto the Lord . . .” v. 15. Talk about passing the buck! He blamed the people and continued to maintain his innocence, “. . . I have obeyed the voice of the Lord.” v. 20. But God wasn’t deceived, and He sent the Prophet Samuel to give Saul a muchneeded reality check: “. . . Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? . . . Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice . . . Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected thee from being king.” v. 22-23. What a price to pay for disobeying!
Berean, our youth must be taught that Godʼs blessings are dependent upon obedience to Him. Let’s equip them in knowing His Word by supporting Christian education. We can do this by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate amount on the Education/Scholarship line). God bless you