“And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly; thou hast not kept the commandments of Yehovah thy God, which He commanded thee...”
Saul was the people’s choice for king as God put it in their hearts to ‘desire’ him. The very same God, who cannot change, had brought this people forth from the house of bondage in Egypt. He gave them His law and covenants at Mount Sinai in plain view of all His glory and power and led them through the wilderness by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Forty years they were protected, provided for and cared for until Joshua brought them over the Jordan and into the land of their inheritance. During this time, they were not given “an heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear unto this day; and I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes are not waxen old upon you and thy shoe is not waxen old upon your foot; ye have not eaten bread, neither have you drunk wine or strong drink, that you might know that I am Yehovah God” (Deut. 29:4ff). Then the judges ruled over them to adjudicate all disputes as Yehovah God caused His little flock to grow and prosper. His hand had established them in the land which He had promised and He made them to fruitful. He provided for them as He had said He would and He had continued to protect them from their enemies. The last of these judges was Samuel.
God did not grant this people the power to drive out the inhabitants of the land which became a thorn to each tribe that inhabited the inheritance which Joshua assigned unto them as a reminder of their inabilities in the flesh. God gave the tribes and nation victories over old and established kingdoms with armies well trained and experienced in the arts of warfare as He continued to manifestly demonstrate His watch and care over His chosen nation. He also gave to His servant Samuel, two sons who, “walked not in His ways but turned aside after lucre and took bribes and perverted judgment” (8:3). The hearts and the minds of the people were moved to replace the current system of judges with a king. This peculiar assembly of undesirable people wanted; “That we also may be like all the nations” (8:20) even though the majesty and love of Yehovah God had been revealed. Yet none of these wonders could change the nature of Adam and when it pleased God, His irresistible will caused the people to desire a king.
Samuel was upset with this but the Word of God commanded him to comply with the demands of the people because these things ‘must needs’ be. He met Saul, who was out looking for some lost asses, and anointed him “captain over His inheritance” (10:1), as the Spirit directed, because the nation of Israel had rejected Yehovah as their lord and master. When Nahash, the king of the Ammonites, set himself in array against Israel, the people of Yebesh-gilead (the dried up heap of witness) cried out for help. God raised up Saul who, “when he heard these tidings and his anger was greatly kindled” (11:6), came with three companies and slew the Ammonites that day. The impending victory drew the attention of the people to him. The people of Israel were then gathered at Gilgal (wheel) and they acknowledged Saul king before Yehovah “and they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before Yehovah and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly” (11:15).
The King of the Universe had dispatched His servant, Nahash, to scare the nation of Israel and to lead them in the direction He had ordained. This was yet another demonstration of the means whereby God reveals the absence of faith in the natural man who is lead about by the carnal senses which God gave to him in the creation. The proper time had arrived in the course of human events, wherein time and chance happen to all men, for the next chapter of the continuing saga of the inability of the natural man to perceive and understand the power, mercy and wonders of Almighty God was to be enacted.
Nahash (serpent) was the ruler over the tribes (Ammon). These are children of the son of the incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughter, Ben-ammi (the son of my people). The serpent was the ruler over this people as God has given him to be “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). His duty is set as “the god of this world” to “blind the minds of them that believe not lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (II Cor. 4:4). This is why Nahash proposed the covenant with the people to “thrust out all your right eyes and lay it a reproach upon all Israel” (I Sam. 11:2). He is the father of the children of darkness who despised the light for their deeds are dark. The light shone forth out of the darkness but they could not comprehend the light. He was and is the instrument of God’s perfect will in all his malevolence and villainy, he and his people do the work Almighty God has assigned unto them (John 8:44).
This is the same serpent that was dispatched in the garden to tempt and deceive Eve, the same who wanders to and fro in the earth and walking up and down in it (Job 2:2) and the same who has been cast out to go about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (I Pt. 5:8). This prestige and power is what Satan offered to Christ in His temptation, “for it is delivered unto me and to whomsoever I will I give it” (Luke 4:6) but even he was under the command and power of God. All power is given unto the risen anointed salvation of Yehovah in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28:18) for He has power over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as the Father gave to Him (John 17:2) therefore the Beloved rejoice in heaven to He who is and was and is to come because He has taken His great power and He reigns over all (Rev. 11:17).
“A son of a year was Saul when he became king and two years he reigned over Israel” (I Sam. 13:1).
Saul was a goodly man of great stature and comely appearance. When he began his reign, he had no office or palace and no preceding administration to copy from. He had made no campaign for office, received no endorsements and made no promises of patronage that he must comply with. He was under the charge of Samuel to the people. God had given this man another heart and had manifested all that the prophet had said would come to pass (10:9). The prophet warned the people of the bondage and corruption of public office and the conduct of such rulers but they persisted in their demands. Thus the Word of God to Samuel was; “But if you obey not the voice of Yehovah, but rebel against the commandment of Yehovah, then shall the hand of Yehovah be against you as against your fathers” (12:15).
Now in the second year of this inaugural administration, God brought the armies of the Philistines into combat with the children of Israel and Benjamin. Again He had ordained a victory for Jonathan as he smote the garrison on the hill (Geba) and the people were called together after Saul to fight the Philistines, hidden in the house of vanity (Michmash, Beth-aven). This time, though, things did not go so well, for Saul was given to fear, doubt and panic and the “people followed him trembling” (13:7).
The very same person whom God had raised up as the captain over His inheritance and had given another heart to, now was afraid and confused because he saw that “the people were scattered from me, and you (Samuel) did not come within the appointed days, and the (sojourning immigrants) Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash (hidden)” (11). This man, whom God had anointed as chief magistrate, concluded by the direction of the spirit within, that he should mimic religious service in a feigned obedience in order to coerce God into once again coming to the aid of the people. Like his father Adam, he performed a religious work in an improper manner for “supplication unto Yehovah and like the apron of fig leaves, it was unacceptable before God. Therefore he calls for all the proper ingredients and in strict kosher compliance, he usurps the authority of the priest and makes a peace offering by a burnt sacrifice presumably before God.
Samuel told Saul that he had acted stupid. He did not have the Spirit of the Most High within and therefore he did not worship God aright. He followed the nature of Adam in seeing with the natural eye that the people were scattered and he was afraid. His ‘good luck charm’ (Samuel) had not come when he said he would so Saul took it upon himself and ‘forced himself to presumptuously offer a burnt offering falsely’. He arrogantly supposed that this would be acceptable and that God would listen to him. He concluded that the Philistines were gathered together but they were hidden and he knew not where they were, therefore, in complete accord with his Adamic nature, he acted foolishly.
The fool concludes in his heart that there is no God. This not only applies to the absence of God but also to the veracity of His Word. This notion, that God is not all that concerned with the particulars or the ‘little things’ enables Adam to manipulate the commandments of God so that when it comes to the righteousness of law, he may present himself, blameless. His conclusions are based upon human rational, flawed logic and the absence of the mind of God and so he may say, “all these have I kept from my youth up” seeking to justify himself in the sight of God.
Saul could not keep the law of God because he was born of Adam. God is a jealous God and He does not share His glory with another, therefore no flesh shall glory in His sight. The fact that he acted foolishly demonstrated that the Spirit of God did not dwell in him and they who have not the Spirit are none of His (Rms. 8:9). Saul was out chasing asses, beasts of burdens because his heart was fashioned after works. He was the choice of the people because they had rejected God and he acted in accord with his nature.
“...for now would Yehovah have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever, but now thy kingdom shall not continue”
The kingdom of Saul is the kingdom of Adam. Adam was created incapable of obeying the commandment of God as he was ordained to take and eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He and his seed after him were predestinated from before the foundation of the world to be dead in trespasses and sin and alienated from God having no part in the commonwealth of the Israel of our God. Christ said His kingdom was not of this world and that flesh and blood should not inherit the kingdom. Saul represents flesh and blood because he is of the earth, earthly. He was drawn away after the lusts and desires of the flesh and could not walk by faith and “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rms. 14:23). He violated the commandments of God because the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them and the transgression of that law is sin (I John 3:4). Therefore, since nothing which defiles, works abomination or loves and makes a lie shall ever enter into the gates of the Holy city Jerusalem, the kingdom of Adam shall not be found there.
“...Yehovah has sought Him a man after His own heart and Yehovah has commanded Him to be captain over His people, because you have not kept that which Yehovah commanded you.”
David was tending his father’s sheep when God sent Samuel to anoint him king over Israel. Saul was made ruler over the inheritance (the land of promise known as the ‘holy land’ – and he may have it) but the Beloved was supreme ruler over His people, who are called by His name. The man David continues to demonstrate the nature of Adam which lusts against the Spirit and as a man he was not fit as the ruler. When the fullness of time came for the salvation of Yehovah to be revealed, He looked and he saw that there was “none to help and He wondered that there was none to uphold, therefore Mine own arm brought salvation unto Me and My fury it upheld Me” (Is. 63:5). No man born of Adam was worthy to be the King over His people, so He made Himself of no reputation and took on the form of a servant. He fashioned Himself in the likeness of sinful man that he might become the sin of His people and present them unto the Father without the sin in Adam. Their father in the flesh died in the garden when he took and ate and they became fatherless. He is the “father to these fatherless and the judge of the widows, God in His Holy habitation” (Ps. 68:5) which is Jerusalem from above (Rev. 21:3).
This is the man after His heart and unto Him was given the same charge when His filthy garments were removed and His iniquity passed form Him; “and the messenger of Yehovah protested unto Joshua, saying, If thou wilt walk in My ways and if thou wilt keep My charge then shalt thou also judge My house and I will give the places to walk among these that stand by. Hear now Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee for they are men wondered at, for behold, I will bring forth My servant the Branch” (Zech. 3:6). Jesus came forth to do the will of the Father and to fulfill the law to every jot and tittle. He was faithful in all that was assigned unto Him and His children are as faithful in Him as the children of Adam are guilty in him. He is the Beloved who has been tending to His Father’s flock since He stood as He had been slain from the beginning. His kingdom is without end and it is His good pleasure to give the kingdom unto His people (Luke 12:32).
He alone has the right, the memorial and the portion to the inheritance and He alone is able to save His people from their sin. They keep His commandments because the Spirit dwells within them and causes them to walk, by faith, according to His statutes (Ez. 36:27). Saul was of the heart of stone and he attempted to find grace by the ministration of condemnation. The children have the new heart in them and the Spirit of God, therefore they shall dwell in the land that God has given them wherein dwells no pain, no sorrow and no Adam.
When Samuel came to the house of Jessie, he was impressed with the first six sons but God forbade him from anointing them as king. Samuel was looking through the eyes of Adam at the beauty and stature of these men but God saw the heart. It was the heart of God and David had the mind of God. He was His servant who stood in type of the Beloved shepherd who should come. He knows His sheep and they hear His voice. The have the testimony of the finished work and they love Him because He first loved them. They are the children of promise who walk in the light of Yehovah (Is. 2:5). They are that Holy nation of peculiar people which are saved and they walk in the light of Jerusalem (Rev. 21:24). Though they die daily, yet they live; and the life they live, they live by the faith of the Son of God who loved them with an everlasting love and gave Himself for them.
“How are these things of Esau searched out and how are his hidden things sought up? All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border, the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee and prevailed against thee; thy bread has laid a wound under thee and there is no understanding in him. Shall I not in that day, saith Yehovah, destroy the wise out of Edom and understanding out of the mount of Esau? And thy mighty, Te-man, shall be dismayed to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter” (Ob. 6-9).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 11, 2014