January 13, 2018
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul; . . . Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Saul’s head; he also kissed him, saying: “The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage. You are to govern the LORD’s people Israel, and to save them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout.” 1_Sm_9:1-10:1
“Beauty does not always make the best of leaders!”
Samuel, Saul and the LORD were in for many disappointments, but it all led to something even greater, as David entered the picture.
Jesus, our true leader, said to the constantly bickering Pharisees, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Mk_2:13-17
And the Israelites in the time of Samuel and Saul certainly fit that bill, as did the Pharisees themselves in the time of Jesus. They were obstinate, self-centered and lost their respect, obedience and fear of the LORD!
Saul led the way for the coming of David, just as John the Baptist did for Jesus. Saul was David’s whetstone. For if David could survive Saul and keep his obedience to the Lord he would be well on his way to kingship.
In the case of Jesus, while John led the way into His ministry, the Pharisees were his whetstone. And yet, Jesus was already King! Try as He might, most of those Pharisees were unflinching in their self-centered stubbornness. While the Pharisees were supposed to be the leaders, the “well” ones, it turned out to be just the opposite. Those they condemned were open enough to believe and be healed, whereas the true sinners were those who refused to believe, even in the sight of His miracles!
How “well” are we, beloved? Are we willing to believe enough to be healed ourselves? Jesus, our master physician, is calling!
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