Welcome to the Covenant and the Cross Podcast. This is episode #131. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.
We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is from Joshua 9:6-9 which reads: “And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you? And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye? And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the Lord thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt.”
Regarding this passage, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown wrote in their commentary: “They arrived at the Israelitish headquarters, the strangers obtained an interview with Joshua and the elders, to whom they opened their business. The answer of the Israelites implied that they had no discretion, that their orders were imperative, and that if the strangers belonged to any of the native tribes, the idea of an alliance with them was unlawful since God had forbidden it. They pretended to be actuated by religious motives in seeking to be allied with His people. But their studied address is worthy of notice in appealing to instances of God’s miraculous doings at a distance, while they pass by those done in Canaan, as if the report of these had not yet reached their ears.”
Today’s quote about the Bible is from David Jeremiah who said: “Delighting in God’s Word leads us to delight in God.”
Our topic for today is titled “Give Us a King Like the Rest of the Nations, Part 6” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.
SAUL’S CHARACTER FLAWS
This section of 1 Samuel seems to be arranged more topically than chronologically. The point is to show that Saul had a fatal character flaw that soon became evident. He tended to act impetuously. Had Saul trusted in God, he would have been able to overcome that flaw. After all, as the anointed king, he had God’s Spirit working within him. However, Saul never seemed to differentiate clearly between YHWH and the gods of the Canaanites. As a result, he ended up a tragic figure with an ignominious end.
The first incident occurred at Michmash. Saul was camped with his troops in war with the Philistines. The latter had gathered on the other side of the ravine east of Beth Aven. Their numbers were staggering, and the Israelites were losing heart. Each night more Israelites deserted and hid in the hills or in caves. But Saul had been told by Samuel to wait for seven days. On the seventh day, Samuel would arrive and perform the consecratory offering so the army could go to war. When the seventh day came, Samuel had not arrived, so Saul decided to present the offerings himself. He had no more than finished the burnt offering when Samuel arrived.
Samuel was obviously upset and asked Saul what he thought he was doing. Saul argued that it was Samuel’s fault: the prophet had not arrived when expected (although he was right on time), therefore Saul felt compelled to offer the sacrifices himself. Samuel told him that it had been a foolish act and that he had disobeyed God’s command. Consequently, there would be no dynasty for him—the next king would be from another family. The key was that this other king would be “a man after [God’s] own heart”.
Let’s Pray —
Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that the most important thing you should know about the Bible is that it is the story of God working to save humanity from sin and the consequences of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve on Himself. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.