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Saul Rejected By the Lord APRIL 4, 1915. LESSON VI. 1 Samuel 15:10-23. (Commit vs. 16, 17.) G olden T e x t : “Behold to obey is better than sacrifice.”—1 Samuel 15:22. DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Mon., Mar. 29-—1 Sam. 15:1-9. Tues., Mar. 30—1 Sam. 15:10-23. Wed., Mar. 31—1 Sam. 15:24-35. Thurs., Apr. 1—2 Kings 5 :20-27.
Fri,, Apr. 2—1 Sam. 2:27-34. Sat., Apr. 3—Ezek. 33:10-19. Sun., Apr. 4-—1 John 2:1-12. EXPOSITION AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
v. 10. “Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel .” Samuel was under the direct guidance of Jehovah at every step. The plans he formed were not his own plans but Jehovah’s ; the words spoken to him were not his own words but Je hovah’s words. What he here records as being said to him was not a vision of his own forming, but a direct1revelation from God. It was to Samuel that Jehovah first revealed His purpose to make Saul king, and it was to Samuel that He first revealed His purpose to depose Saul. Jehovah evi dently considered Samuel worthy of His confidence. It is a great thing when God can so trust us that He can make known His*mind and His plans to us (cf. Gen. 18: 17; John 15:15). Apparently Samuel was trusted by Jehovah as no other man in the whole nation, or in the whole world at that time. v. 11. "It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to he king.” The change in God’s dealings with Saul did not imply any change in God. God did not repent in the sense that He changed His mind. God never changes His mind (v. 29; Mai. 3:6;
Jas. 1:17). He always remains the same in character, in counsel, purpose and thought and because of this very unchange ableness of His character counsel and pur pose, when men change then the attitude of the unchangeable God toward them must change. If God remains the same in char acter, infinitely hating sin, and in His mind or purpose to visit sin with judgment, then His dealings with men must change as they change from obedience to Him to rebel lion against Him. His dealings with men change as they change from a position that is pleasing to His unchangeable love of righteousness to one that is hateful to His unchangeable hatred of sin (and vice versa) (cf. Jer. 26:3). The only way that God’s attitude toward changing men could re main the same would be by God Himself changing in mind and character, which He never does. The reason in the present in stance why God repented (that is, changed from His mind or purpose to make Saul king to the purpose to dethrone him) was because Saul had turned from following Him and had not performed His command ments, or, as the remainder of the verse
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