I Just Noticed This Today…

I’m starting my writing now for my series on David’s Kingship in 2 Samuel for the Sunday School class I teach at church.  I’ll be teaching starting in September.  Last year, I taught on the leadership lessons that David had to learn from the time he was anointed King to the time he actually became King.  This year, we’ll look at how he governed as King.

The record of David’s kingship is paralleled between 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, with one book emphasizing more the theological aspects of his kingship and the other emphasizing more the chronological aspects of his kingship.  But I noticed something today that I’ve not seen before.

At the end of 1 Chronicles 10, the writer tells us that “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance…” I noticed that this is recorded in 1 Chronicles 10.13.  Then it occured to me – this sounds like the opposite of 1 Cornithians 10.13, where Paul tells us: “No temptation has siezed you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful…..”

Do you notice how these two verses represent the opposite of each other?  Saul was unfaithful, did not consult the Lord, did not inquire of the Lord when he was tempted.  So, when we are tempted, let’s look to the Lord to escape that temptation and avoid sin.  1 Chronicles 10.13. 1 Corinthians 10.13.  One is a word picture of what happens when we don’t follow the instructions in the other text.

I know the world does not find “sin” to be a serious issue at all.  Most just laugh it off. Many confuse it with mistakes or short-comings. Our world does not revere God.  But those who are disciples of Jesus Christ do take sin seriously.  And they understand that sin separates us from the Lord.  All men have sinned.  I would not be lying if I said that, like Paul, I am the chief of sinners.  There isn’t any sin that I’ve not commited in one form or another.  Yet, the Lord has forgiven me because he already paid the debt – paid the penalty on my behalf by allowing Himself to be executed by God.  He willingly did this because He loves me.  It’s really an incredible deal: In exchange for my life, I get the Life of Christ in me and I’m freed from my guilt of the sins I’ve committed against God.

And the truth is that He loves you too.  His death was for you too.  His resurrection demonstrated His total power and victory over sin. And He offers his payment on your behalf to you for free – all you need to do is to admit you’re a sinner and accept His forgiveness.  Then, you need to make Him the Lord of your life and follow Him. I said His salvation is free – and it is. Yet, it will cost you everything you have.

Don’t be like Saul – who was unfaithful to the Lord.  Instead, look to the Lord to provide an escape for you today from sin. And if you’ve never accepted the Lord, please do so now while you can.  You don’t know how many more times the Lord will give you this opportunity.

Bill English


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