Touches by Ofer Amitai

May 11, 2020

Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of Israel Prayer Centre

 

 

Touches: Small Thoughts On a Very Big God

 

1Chr. 10:13 So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance.

1Chr. 10:14 He did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

1Chr. 11:1 Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh.

1Chr. 11:2 In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’”

1Chr. 11:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.

It is very tragic to see that the summation of Saul’s life, is reduced to his failures: He broke faith with God (betrayed God is what the word means), He did not seek the guidance of the Lord, nor ever had a life with God for that matter, and he consulted with a medium. 

Saul was the choice of Israel, the choice of the flesh. And although Saul was the best man, the choice of the flesh, the best of the flesh will always fail. 

The Great Mercy of God in this account, is that He intervened and gave the nation a man of His own choosing. Had not God done so, the work of God would have been in ruins. And God’s choice, though not looking very promising, led Israel to victory, and from him came the Messiah! Thus God’s choice, God’s man, God’s way, always leads to victory.

After years of conflict, finally, the Lord brought it all to an end and removed Saul. 

It was then that all Israel came humbly to Hebron to acknowledge God’s man, and covenanted with him as God’s king. Finally, the nation submitted to God’s man. 

Do you have a Hebron in your life? 

Perhaps for many years, you have allowed your flesh to rule you. You have allowed yourself to be ruled by “King I” instead of Yeshua the King. If so, you have, for sure, experienced the flesh’s persecution of the work of God in your life (Gal. 5:17). 

For sure, you have come to God and declared your faith in Messiah, you have acknowledged your sins and received atonement in the blood of Yeshua. Perhaps you even remember to thank Him for the wonder of salvation. But while so many of God’s children readily embrace Yeshua as savior, not so many are eager to let Him rule their life. 

There cannot be two kings in the same country; neither is it possible for us to have two masters. We must be ruled by one or the other. There is no way around this. But then, why would anyone want to be ruled by another after tasting the grace of God?

Do you have a Hebron in your life? 

During these Corona days, many believers’ “fault lines” have emerged. Thus we have been presented with a golden opportunity for true personal and even corporate revival, if we turn to Him. May this special time be not wasted! 

 

Blessings, 

Ofer

Title: Touches by Ofer Amitai
Author: Ofer Amitai, Messianic pastor Jerusalem and Director of 
Israel Prayer Centre
Date: 11.05.2020

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