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I Samuel 14:1-52

I must be in a humorous mood because Saul is reminding me of the Wizard of Oz. Ya know, BEFORE the dog Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal the man that he is, we see a BIG HEAD surrounded by flames and lots of green. Saul is a man with a big head with no brains and definitely no heart, at lest a heart for God. He is exactly what the people “desired.” In fact, he is a reflection of what is in the hearts of the people who demanded a king so that they could be just like the nations around them, wickedly sinful.

The difference between King Jesus and the kings desired and appointed by men, and Saul was appointed by the men who desired a king, God just gave them what they asked for, is righteousness and integrity. Jesus is righteous and integrity is part of His character. Jesus requires man to turn their hearts toward Him, not the other way around. Earthly kings play to the crowd, or at least the crowd that will keep him in power.

Erwin McManus of Mosaic church in Los Angeles has written a solid book called Chasing Daylight (formerly called Seizing Your Divine Moment). In that book he uses the story of Jonathon and his armor bearer as a backdrop to becoming people of godly initiative. I highly recommend this book.

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