Always Obey God
Bradon: You know the last few stories have been difficult to share or read. Lots of death and war and just really hard.
Jon: They have been and today’s story continues in that but I think we learn some important lessons still.
Bradon: Yes King Saul has a very difficult lesson to learn, Always Obey God
About the Story
Bradon: Last week we heard a story about Saul and Israel Attacking the Amalekites. We learned that Love is Not Easy.
Jon: I have to say that there is a lot of gruesome stories in the bible and last week was another one. Today’s story is found in 1 Sam 15:10-35.
Bradon: You are right but we can’t just skip over these stories. They are in the Bible for a reason and we must learn from these stories even though some of them are hard to understand or just gruesome.
Bradon: Ok, so I know last week we touched on this but I think it’s important that we speak to the fact that God commanded Saul to destroy the Amalekites. I mean this seems pretty outrageous. How could a loving God ever command something like this?
Jon: That’s a great question, What do you think?
Bradon: I think that God’s love is rooted in righteousness and justice. Early in last week’s story, God is listing the things he has against the Amalekites. While we don’t know the detail of those things nor the extent of their behaviour we do know that they refused God and to do what is right.
Jon: We also know from many other stories in scripture that God has patience and wants all people to turn to him.
Bradon: Yeah, the things that the Amelikites did were long in the past but they still didn’t repent and turn away from their wicked ways. God, who is just and righteous, made the decision to destroy Amelikites perhaps to stop them from hurting others.
Jon: All that said God’s commands to Saul were extremely serious and there was no room for Saul to sort of obey. He had to fully obey.
Bradon: And this is our lesson for today. Always Obey God.
Jon: The Amalekites refused to Obey God and were destroyed. Saul didn’t obey God and God rejected him as King and already choose another person to be King.
Bradon: But we don’t just obey God because we don’t want bad things to happen. We obey God because we love Him and he genuinely has the best interest in mind for those who love him.
Jon: Well said Bradon, You will never go wrong when obeying God is your highest priority. So, always obey God.