Weekly Nuggets April 27, 2020
1 Samuel 13:7-13 NLT
Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. 8 Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. 9 So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.10 Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, 11 but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” 13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.
Key Phrase: Dont know or dont care?
“Ignorance of the law is no excuses” is a legal principle infering that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating the law because he/she was unaware of its content.
Apart from ignorance, there is also willful disobedience. When for whatever reason, we justify our wrong doing with reasoning that we know will not pass in one-to-one conversation with the Holy Spirit
Whether in ignorance or in willful disobedience the risk of escaping punishment is low, which is why as a believer, daily prayers for grace, wisdom and revelation is required.
Saul had great excuses for offering the sacrifice himself, it could be that he didnt know, it could be that he didnt care but all that didnt matter, he had lost out big time on his calling.
Our prayer this week is inspired by Ephesians 1:17-18, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
Father, uproot the spirit of ignorance and disobedience from our lives. Lord, teach us that sometimes the battle we fight is not external but internal, against self and flesh which speak the language of fear, worry, doubt….words foreign to the Holy Spirit. Mostly Lord, may the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of your calling, that we will not trade short term gain for the hope of your calling. In Jesus name.