Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 9, 2015

Christ the King

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 11.

“1 Now Nahash the Ammonite came up and besieged Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us and we will serve you.”  2 But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “I will make it with you on this condition, that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make it a reproach on all Israel.”  3 The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Let us alone for seven days, that we may send messengers throughout the territory of Israel.  Then, if there is no one to deliver us, we will come out to you.” 4 Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the people lifted up their voices and wept.

5 Now behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen, and he said, “What is the matter with the people that they weep?”  So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh.  6 Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he became very angry.  7 He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.”  Then the dread of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out as one man.  8 He numbered them in Bezek; and the sons of Israel were 300,000, and the men of Judah 30,000.  9 They said to the messengers who had come, “Thus you shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will have deliverance.’”  So the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.  10 Then the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you.”  11 The next morning Saul put the people in three companies;  and they came into the midst of the camp at the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day.  Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

12 Then the people said to Samuel, “Who is he that said, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’  Bring the men, that we may put them to death.” 13 But Saul said, “Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the Lord has accomplished deliverance in Israel.”

14 Then Samuel said to the people, “Come and let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there.”  15 So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal.  There they also offered sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.”   1 Samuel Chapter 11.

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As shocking as it is that Nahash the Ammonite intended to gouge out the right eye of every one in Jabesh-gilead, there are both earthly and spiritual enemies who intend to do far worse to us and who are far stronger.

“For I have heard the slander of many,
Terror is on every side;
While they took counsel together against me,
They schemed to take away my life.”  Psalm 31:13.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Ephesians 6:12.

Sometimes, we minimize our need for a Savior until we are confronted with such harm that are enemies really want to do to us as vividly presented in today’s Scripture. 

Do we really want a passive, weak god who bows down to the alleged free-will of man as some doctrine teach? 

Or, do we want Christ the King, the One and Only Sovereign and Almighty Savior of Scripture Who scatters and slays our enemies as Reformed Doctrine shows?  

“But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.”  Luke 19:27.

“2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.                                                                                                                                       8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”  Psalm 2:2-9.

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