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Spiritual Intelligence: Recruitment, Selection And Election

So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel? Now the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?”

Good morning friends. The gift of Freewill can be viewed as a blessing or a curse to humankind, depending on the lens of ones observation, and the context in focus.

With that in mind, let’s have a look at the passage we have just read. Here we see that Saul was given clear instructions for the campaign against the Amalekites. This mission was not a pre-emptive or defensive strike, but an offensive one based on previous actions of the Amalekites as outlined through God’s agent in these words;

I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt

So, we see their actions (based on freewill), which ultimately led to God’s judgement. The agent for God’s punishment was the armies of Israel through the leadership of King Saul – and here lies the conundrum dear friends. God is the ultimate judge of all actions; by Him all actions are weighed. He does not control man’s action, He sees the motives behind every action. But He needs people to carry out his plan on earth; He needs people to do His will, and execute His purpose.

Sadly Saul’s actions like Achan’s in the days of Joshua was motivated by pride and greed. He chose to do it his way, with a view to fit God in somehow. His plan was to show off king Agag, enrich himself and some of his soldiers, and give a little sacrifice (perhaps a tithe) to appease God. But friends, God cannot be bribed, flattered or seduced; its either His way, or no way. Saul had made shipwreck of his ministry, he had to be replaced.

In closing, let’s hear the verdict of God concerning the action of the man he entrusted to do His will;

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king

God is always recruiting. His campaigns are for two distinct purpose; to either replace or to succeed. In this case, David was recruited as a replacement and not a successor.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Are You Cold As Ice, Or Willing To Sacrifice?

And the Lord said:

I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.

Good morning friends. I submit to you that The bible is a living book. It provides readers and scholars with insight into the past, present and future. It opens up humankind’s struggle with free will, the influence of the unseen world over us, and our vulnerabilities to the physical world. Summarised in my words as the conundrum between the lost spirit, and self-centred body.

Inspite of advancements in technology, we are still far from understanding, yet alone finding solutions to pain, suffering and evil. In Paul’s effort to make sense of our propensity for evil, he put forward this argument;

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

So back to my opening texts. Friends, as He did thousands of years ago, He still sees, hears, and knows the pain and suffering facing our world today. His heart bleeds every passing second for our pain and suffering, but He needs our cooperation to intervene. Like Moses, are we willing to listen? Are we willing to be sent? Are we willing to partner? Are we willing to sacrifice ours for the greater good? Or are we busy having a ME festival (mefest)?

Lord, have mercy.

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~ Sabali