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Friday, March 28 2014
1 Samuel 11: Saul The Deliverer
"All the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal"
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) chose Saul to be Israel's first human king because he was physically impressive, humble and intelligent (see 1 Samuel 9: Saul Of Benjamin and Samuel The Seer and 1 Samuel 10: King Saul of Israel). Saul was not a fool who became a king; he was a king who became a fool.
The era of the Judges (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges and Israel In History and Prophecy: Samuel) ended with the beginning of the Israelite monarchy (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Saul and David). It was nevertheless the task of the first king of Israel to do what the Judges had been given to do - to deliver the people of Israel from the foreign oppression that they had brought upon themselves by their liberal unfaithfulness and corruption. Saul's first challenge as king was to deliver Israel from the Ammonites - who demanded that Israel not only serve the invaders, but "thrust out all your right eyes."
"11:1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.
When Saul heard of the demand, "the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly." The next day, he delivered a decisive defeat upon the Ammonites.
"11:4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept. 11:5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.
Although the actual demand for a king by the Israelites was for someone to fight their battles for them (see 1 Samuel 8: Our King May Judge Us), the incident caused them to return to Samuel - who they had rejected. Samuel brought them to their senses with the proclamation "the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel." Saul was then formally accepted as the king that they demanded.
"11:12 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death.
Fact Finder: How did the Ammonites originate? How were they related to Abraham?
This Day In History, March 28
193: The accession of Didius Julianus, 20th Roman emperor (see also Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
845: Paris was sacked by Viking raiders.
1800: The Act of Union with England was passed by the Irish Parliament.
1849: Frederick William IV of Prussia was elected Emperor of the Germans by the German National Assembly (see Emperors and Popes).
1854: Britain and France declared war on Russia in the Crimean War.
1917: Jews were expelled from Tel Aviv and Jaffa by Ottoman/Turkish authorities (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1930: Constantinople (which was named after the Roman emperor Constantine; listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy and see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey.
1933: The Reichstag (the German Parliament) gave dictatorial powers to Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). That same day, the Nazis banned Jews in all businesses, professions and schools in Germany.
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended when Madrid fell to Francisco Franco.
1945: Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against Britain.
1968: The U.S. lost its first warplane in Vietnam when an F-111 vanished on a combat mission over North Vietnam. According to most reliable estimates, by the end of the war, all branches of the U.S. military had over 2,000 fighter aircraft and 7,000 helicopters lost in Vietnam. The U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war was very profitable for a few manufacturers of weapons and machines of war - as warned in 1961 by retiring President Dwight Eisenhower who stated that the "military-industrial complex" would get the U.S. into endless and needless wars for the business of war - until the war profiteers ("the disastrous rise of misplaced power") would eventually "bleed" the U.S. dry.
"Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
1979: Equipment failures and human error led to a partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in Middleton, Pennsylvania.
2003: In one of numerous "friendly fire" incidents during the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, two U.S. A-10 Thunderbolts attacked British tanks in Iraq.
2005: A magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck Sumatra.