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So the last shall be first, and the first last."
Matthew 20:17 NASB
King Saul ascended to greatness, but was never a great man. Instead
of living with humility and gratitude for his opportunities, he lived the
tragic life of presumption. He presumed to decide which of God's commands
he would follow and which he wouldn't. God told him to utterly destroy
the Amalekites-he chose to spare some of them and keep the spoils of battle.
On another occasion, he presumed to offer sacrifices unto the Lord, a task
that was reserved for the priests. The psalmist wrote, "Also keep back
Thy servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I shall
be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression." (Psalm
19:13 NASB) A prayer Saul would have done well to pray. Instead, he gave
into his base desires. Deut. 17:12 gives the penalty for presumptuous sin,
it says, "And the man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest
who stands there to serve the Lord your God, nor to the judge, that man
shall die; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel." (NASB) In falling
on his own weapon, Saul was executing the judgement of Deuteronomy 17.
Saul's tragic life proves the old adage, "evil carries within
itself the seed of its own destruction." Saul's presumptuous life ended
at his own hands. His remains would fall into the hands of the Philistines
who would make a spectacle out of them to bring great shame upon the people
What a waste, Saul could have been so much more if only he hadnít
tried to be so much. I donít think he ever fully understood that
he simply had stewardship over his throne, it didnít belong to him.
Because he exalted himself, he was abased. Too bad he didnít humble
himself so that he could have been a blessed tool of God.
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