Importance Of Revelation – A Saul Or A Samuel?

Israel of old was led by God. He chose to lead them by prophets. He revealed His will to the prophet who directed the people with Divine counsel.

Israel’s neighbours were not ruled like this. They had kings who ruled by the sword – and frequently died by same. The kings imposed their laws and their deities on them.

Israel looked and lusted. They wanted to be like the others. To be led into battle by a king in shining armour. They came to Samuel and insisted on a king.

Samuel cried. God rebuked him. For it was not Samuel that they rejected, but the God that spoke through him. God asked Samuel to tell them the high costs of maintaining a sovereign. He would conscript sons, daughters, farms and vineyards for his business or pleasure. Israel did not budge. God gave them their desire.

It is always wrong to reject the leadership of the Word in favour of a hierarchical leadership. It always results in a loss of spiritual liberty and financial expropriation.

Mission To Damascus

It was a scorching day for a long march
Men and horses bristling with purpose
Bound to the Damascus to bind believers
Soon the sights of the city were close
Saul had been brewing his drink of indignation
The Christians would swallow its dregs
He would hound them in every Gentile nation
This hunting mission was scuttled by a vision
A Light from heaven-familiar to the scholar
For Saul correctly addressed Him as the Lord
Same Light that appeared while Moses trod
As he learnt under Gammaliel’s pedantic rod
Saul identified Him-but was soon mystified
For the Voice called Himself Jesus
Proving that He led Israel in the wilderness
Now a trembling Saul prostrate before Christ
Realized the vindication of the Messiah
For the Sacred Light of Judaism’s text
Illuminated a profound and singular fact
Same Jehovah of the Old Testament
Is the Jesus Christ of the New Testament
Saul fell doubting and arose believing
That Jehovah was in Christ Jesus reconciling
Christ was the entire Godhead-so no dividing

A Man Of Tarsus

Who was this noble man from Tarsus?
Who made Christianity a Gentile force?
This man from now-modern Turkey
Turned over more souls than the Turnkey
Peter, who acknowledged his anointing
And said he wrote mysteries that were edifying
To the elect and destroying to the doubting
This man born in the Jewish Diaspora
Fitting start for a Gospel Adventurer
A Roman citizen born in this free city
Meant he had a pass to an empire writ
Large, to preach where Christ was never named
This background meant he could tease
Greeks with their poets and use their metaphors
To send their logic sprawling on all fours
Yet he had not yet known what he would suffer
As yet he was chasing, harrying and going after
Christians with the threat of untimely death
And spells of being bound in prison
Till he saw the Light that came in midday stealth
And became a prisoner with chains of love
Still bearing letters-only missives from above

To Be Like Others

In the yore-laden days of old
Israel was led by prophets bold
Divine mouthpieces they were
The Word came to them crisply clear
These prophets had only one rule
God’s will was their governing tool
Israel was deeply unhappy with this
Being ruled by Divine Decree was not bliss
Neighbours were better-heathen kings wiser
With their smart kings and cunning courtiers
So began the murmuring campaign of doubters
To depose Samuel the prophet and be like others
Samuel wept on the altar of his integrity
For he had led and directed with gravity
God said it was Him Israel had rejected
Could they not see He was their King
With Samuel acting as His life Regent?
What a reason to dethrone God for?
And spark a revolution against His authority
Emulation’s vice overthrew God’s Viceroy
For the trifle of aping other nations
Church means called out from the World
Copying heathen proves you are not called
Be not conformed to carnal uniformity
Follow Him that separated Light from darkness
And you will be part of the Word-Bride Unity

David: End Of The Beginning

The timing of David’s ascension to the throne
Was unexpected for Saul died in battle by his own
Sword and accord, along with his sons, similar-fated peas in a pod
The battle with the Philistines at Mount Gilboa was a bridge too far

An Amalekite informant hoping to curry favour came flying a kite
He claimed to have killed Saul, a tall tale that led to his fall
David ordered his execution-not knowing it was a false supposition

Many centuries later the Son of David enunciated same principle
That by our own words shall we justified or vilified
Then be careful what you say for it can make or mar your day
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David: Perils-In-Waiting

David’s rising light could not shine bright in Saul’s court
Blighted jealousy sought to douse his fame and flame
Saul was certain God had turned from him, it was disconcerting
Worse still, letting David live would be cowardly disinheriting
His seed-the house of Saul would fall after one generation

David had to flee, aided by the loyal and disinterested Jonathan
Who cared not for spoils of succession knowing its God’s concession
To give, and so did not grieve or fuss at his family’s future loss

David became a fugitive, an anointed king fleeing from the law
The chosen of God rejected, exiled to become a mere outlaw
Marvel not then if the elect of today are rejected and cast off
Excluded from high society by evil envy of their spiritual propriety
When the Son of David comes, you will see their claim is no bluff
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David: Minstrel & Warrior

‎The newly anointed King had to wait for his appointed time
Saul was still alive so by treason he could not thrive
But soon the opportunity for elevation came by God’s ordination

The hand of God had turned away from Saul and great was his fall
He once prophesied but now demons visited his heart to reside
He was trapped in a moody delirium, a melancholy malady
His servants opined that a musical melody will restore mental harmony

The search was on for a minstrel whose fingers could play very well
They found David, the newly minted anointed King
David played the harp, the stringed sound unseated unsound spirit
Showing that God can heal by the medicine of inspired music

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Saul’s Debacle

Saul fought many battles and for the most part he sought
The will of God at the start lest the military campaign be a dud
Yet he was patently presumptuous-a fact that becomes clear to us
This proved to be his Achilles heel, his spiritual banana peel

Israel was at war with the philistines whose enmity had no remedy
Saul mobilized his forces-plenty footmen but hardly any horses
The troops were to wait in Gilgal for seven days
For then Samuel would arrive and pray for the warriors to thrive
This schedule was agreed with Saul who saw no need to argue

The people waited loyally till the seventh day and began to melt away
Saul fearing desertion decided to usurp Samuel’s function
He would offer sacrifices and prayers to kick start the battle
This he did with relish-till Samuel appeared

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Saul’s Ascension

The son of Kish was selected to be the king of Israel
He was to be the first monarch and he towered over the rest
Head and shoulders above in height, a giant from a family slight
In fame and reckoning-for he was only a Benjaminite

Saul’s father lost his asses and sent Saul and servants to find them
For days they travelled through twisting turns and winding ways
And found them not-all their striving was for naught
Then they decided to inquire from the prophet
It was Israel’s custom-the ‘hard to fathom’ was referred
To Samuel, the mighty seer that had the ear of God

God was working on other side of the line too
He told Samuel to expect to see the man to be anointed King
And told him his mission and the tidings he would bring
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Samuel: A Prophet Rejected

Samuel’s sons were wild and wayward souls
He appointed them judges but they were lucre’s stooges
Perverting justice for the bounty of bribes
They soon earned the scorn of all Israel’s tribes

Israel wanted a new administration to lead her
No more of the prophet and his dubious seed
They wanted a king like neighbouring nations
A hereditary monarch might lack the knack for lucre

It was a bad excuse and a lame one to use
For kings and princes can be lit by avarice’s fuse
For administrative misdeeds she rejected Divine leadership
Turned aside from God’s Provided way because a few made hay
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