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Still The Same

“For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people.  Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.  Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.  But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”  1 Samuel 12:22–25

Saul was now king of Israel in more than name only. He’d issued a call to arms and the nation had responded. He’d led the army into battle and they had won the day. Additionally, when a group of men had wanted to bring grief to those that had not supported his ascension to the throne he had been merciful and forbidden any retribution. 

Therefore Samuel called the people to assemble at Gilgal and there they offered sacrifices to the Lord and there they crowned Saul king. 

And there was great rejoicing among the assembled people until Samuel got up to speak. 

First Samuel reminded the people that he had served God and them since he was a child and they testified that he has been just, and honest, and faithful all the days of his ministry. 

Next Samuel reminded the people that God had heard their lament in Egypt and had raised up Moses and Aaron to lead them out of Egypt, but that it was he, God, that had been the one to deliver them from the hand of Pharaoh. 

He also reminded them that they had forgotten God and had gone after other gods and God had allowed other nations to rise up and oppress them, and when they remembered God and returned to him with repentance and confession, and called on him to rescue them he, God, came and delivered them once again. 

Samuel also called on God to send thunder and rain to show that he was still with them and God revealed himself in the thunder and rain. 

God had always been faithful. No matter what they had done he had never changed in his love and care for them. He was always the same. Still, regardless of God’s consistent faithfulness to them Israel “added to their sins the evil of asking for a king.”

But Israel’s sin did not change God’s love for them. King or no king he was still their God and if they would follow him he would bless them, and if they turned from him he would send other nations to turn them back to him, and no king could change that. No king could change God. 

O God we praise you that you’re still the same. Thousands of years of our sin and foolishness have not altered your love for us. Great is your faithfulness. Though we are unfaithful you do not turn aside from working to save us. Bless you! Praise you!

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