• William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 31, 2021

Daily Reading: I Samuel 15-17

1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

Most are amazed to learn that Saul and David's stories overlap for perhaps as much as 38 years. This number could be less but not more. For years, there was an ongoing struggle. In l Samuel 15 David was anointed by Samuel, at God's command, to be the next king over Israel. God having rejected Saul because of his disobedience. From the time that David killed Goliath until the death of Saul, and for a few years after, there was a conflict between Saul and David.

This conflict between these two leaders of God's people is an Old Testament illustration of the conflict today between Satan and the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, the Old Testament is physical wherein the New Testament is spiritual. The physical struggle between these two Old Testament leaders, in many ways, mirrors the ongoing New Testament spiritual conflict. Consider just a few similarities in these conflicts.

1. Saul and David's reigns overlap.

2. Saul tried to kill David.

3. David refused to kill Saul.

4. Saul drove David out.

5. Individuals had to choose sides between Saul and David.

One day this tussle will be over, but right now we are living through the same type of tumultuous difficulties as Israel did. Each person must ultimately decide for themselves as to whom will be their king. For a moment, think about the real-life New Testament reality of this battle.

In Matthew 16 the Lord Jesus began to tell His disciples of His coming sufferings in Jerusalem, that He would be killed and be raised from the dead on the third day. Peter began to rebuke the Lord even saying this shall not be unto thee. Basically, Peter is telling the Lord that He is wrong. To which the Lord replied, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me... Our Savior is relating to Peter, that at that moment was more influenced by Satan than he was by Christ. If Peter could slip up, ending up on the wrong side, I can, you can, we all can. The first step in not "going there" is to know that there is a very real battle raging today between these two. The battle is in the heart and mind. Therefore we must always be carefully on guard, lest we, like Peter, end up on the wrong side.

Until tomorrow, live for Jesus today.

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