Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. – 1 Kings 10:13-14
This chapter recounts the defeat and death of King Saul on Mount Gilboa at the hands of the Philistine army. Saul never was one to rely on God for guidance and wisdom. He was a selfish man, who relied upon his physical prowess and determination to get things done, even if it meant turning away from God and seeking answers from hell. Saul did four things against God: was unfaithful to God, never kept the Word of the LORD, consulted a medium for guidance, and never inquired of God for direction. Thus, God put him to death and turned his kingdom over to David.
This retelling of Saul’s demise is one of the saddest passages in the Bible and should serve as a reminder to all people everywhere what the ultimate price to be paid is for rejecting God. Saul rejected God early on in his reign when he refused to annihilate the Amalekites per God’s instructions from Samuel. On and on throughout his reign, he did as he pleased and even tried to assassinate the next king of the country. Because Saul refused God, God refused Saul and brought him down to the grave.
Paul the apostle wrote that the wages of sin is death; however, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus the Messiah. We are reminded by this tale to never reject the love of God. God gave his everything for us through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of his one and only Son, Jesus. It is not a light matter to treat the blood of Jesus with contempt. It will bring a certain eternal destruction upon a person. Saul did not know the love gift of Jesus’ sacrifice, but he didn’t even appreciate or respect the animal sacrifices that atoned his sins in his lifetime. David looked ahead in time through faith and understood the foreshadowing the animal sacrifices represented in the coming blood of Messiah. He received the gift of love through Jesus later on.
Are you rejecting God? Are you even teetering on the edge of whether or not to serve God? Please, learn from the storied life of Saul. He was called of God to do a mission – rule Israel – but he chose to do it his way rather than God’s way. His disobedience and rebellion against God brought about his demise. God allows us in this Age of Grace to receive eternal life through Jesus. If we accept that gift in this life, we get to spend the next one with the LORD. If we reject that gift in this life, we get to spend the next one in the lake of fire burning with brimstone that is never quenched and where the worm never dies. Is that where you want to spend eternity – away from God forever with Saul in torment?!? Choose Jesus and life and live forever! He loved us enough to die for us. Will you trust in him to save you and guide you?
Father, thank you for saving me from my sins. Thank you so much for offering me the gift of life through Jesus the Messiah. I have made terrible decisions in the past and trusted in my might and power rather than trusting in your Spirit. There is no other way but to rely upon and to trust in you! Lead me and guide me where you want me to go. I humble myself, again today, before you, your Majesty, and ask for your mercy and grace. Help me to teach others the way to the narrow path that leads to life because too many have gone down and are going down the wide path of destruction. Let me be a lighthouse in the darkness of this dying world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.