Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 | Author:

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I’ve been spending a lot of time in 1 Samuel the past few weeks with Samuel and Saul and David, and I keep circling back to the same thought: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

It seems that in every place and every time period, there exists an established religious organization that’s challenged by the unorthodox. In 1 Samuel, we have Saul, the first king anointed for Israel. It didn’t take long for him to disobey God and do things his own way, so Samuel anointed David as king – and the conflict between two houses was born.

In the New Testament, the much-maligned scribes and Pharisees had ceased to follow God and followed their own rule book instead. So God sent Jesus to challenge them (among other things) – and the conflict between two houses was born.

Things are no different today. Most church organizations, no matter how often they declare their adherence to the Bible, actually follow their own creeds and doctrines and statements of faith. So the Holy Spirit stirs the hearts of believers to follow Jesus and no other – and the conflict between two houses is born.

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. (Matthew 10:34-36)

Following Jesus does not make you a friend of the establishment.

The same held true for the people of David’s time. Saul had the army and the power – but look who followed David:

So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him. Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him. (1 Samuel 22:1-2)

Those who are content with their lives, who think they’re doing okay, will stay in their comfort zone. They will happily serve Saul, no matter where he leads them.

But those who know their own sin and are discontent with it, will repent and join David in the caves.

We each have the choice to make. Which house will you choose?

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5 Responses
  1. Miss Szymanski says:

    This Scripture came to mind, and I think it answers your question, at least for myself:

    "But as for me and my HOUSE, we will serve the Lord!" (Joshua 24:15)

    And I do believe that involves stepping out of our comfort zones. It seems that everywhere in Scripture humbling ourselves before God is implied (as well as asserted), and to take that step out of our comfort zones definately requires swallowing our pride and admitting that we aren't happy with where we are and we want to go further in and with God.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Great post!!

    "Following Jesus does not make you a friend of the establishment." Hoh boy, is that a fact!! And I thought my ornery personality and my views on politics would ostracize me from my relatives… yow!

    Oh well, we have a new family, don't we? :D God is very, very good. He will never allow you to suffer loss for Him without giving you back a hundredfold, in this lifetime but especially in the next!!

    The rest of the scripture you mentioned goes, "He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it."

    And later: "Who is My mother and who are My brothers? …whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother."

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He has made us joint-heirs with Him, He has called us brethren, we are part of His family and royal priesthood! (I'm getting really excited, can you tell??)

    Saul can have his minions…. as Miss Szymanski said, "As for me and my HOUSE, we will serve the Lord!" :)

  3. Jim Wetzel says:

    And then it seems that those who break away from the establishments of their day to follow the Lord become, maybe after a generation or two, a new establishment.

    The Lord will wrap everything up and settle all accounts someday — maybe someday soon, even. Or maybe not so soon. But until then, things just aren't going to be right around these parts.

    Meanwhile, as you say, the real business of each of us is: where's He leading? And trotting right on His heels.

  4. AKA Angrywhiteman says:

    There has always been a conflict between following the Word of God, and following somebody else. It was introduced to this earth age by nachash in Gen. 3:1 and we all know how that worked out.

    Another example is found in Ex.32:4 Aaron, a levitical priest fashioned the golden calf, another monumental failure to heed God's word.

    It goes on and on throughout the bible, men trying to worship God in their own way, instead of how He has instructed us, and failure after failure is the result.

    For me, I'd rather live in a cave and obey The Lord with the resultant blessings than be a member of "the biggest church in town" and accepted of men.

    Then but for the grace of God, there go I, not all are meant to know.

    Mk.4:11, Lk.8:10

  5. akaGaGa says:

    Thanks for sharing your insights, AKA. It's nice to know there are other cave-dwellers around. :)

    And if you're not doing anything better this week, you're more than welcome to join WFW. The world can use a little more of the Word of the Lord.