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August 27, 2012

Cheap

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 8:06 am

 

1 Samuel 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.

Samuel gave Saul some very simple and clear commands from You when he went to fight against the Amalekites: wipe out everyone and everything.  The idea doesn’t seem particularly pleasant in this day and age but it was Your instruction, carrying on the mandate the Israelites had been given when they came into the land.  Saul had other ideas though.  And it cost him the kingdom.

It was Saul’s disobedience that cost him so dearly.  So why did he disobey?  What motivation caused him to mess up so badly?  Supposedly the people kept the best of the animals back to sacrifice to You.  This story doesn’t quite ring true and seems more like Saul trying to backtrack and find a good explanation for his uncompleted mission.

I think the real reason lies in this verse – they destroyed anything worthless but kept anything of value.  They gave you the cheap end of the deal.  They were happy to do what You’d asked as long as it didn’t cost them anything.  When it came to the best of the herds and flocks Your orders were just that bit harder to carry out.  Greed kicked in and the people started to find ways to justify not giving You the best.  The people kept the best animals and Saul kept the Amalekite king as his own trophy of war.

You don’t like disobedience and deceit.  You particularly don’t like it when people hold back what’s Yours against Your express instruction.  It runs through the Old and New Testaments.  The challenge to me is to obey You when it costs.  It’s easy to obey You in the cheap things.  When You ask me to do something that draws heavily on my time or money I’m more likely to question whether you really meant it.  And history shows that would never go well for me.

Lord give me an unquestioning mind when You ask me to do something, particularly when it costs me.

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