Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance? (1Sa 10:1 NASB)
“Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day–in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods–so they are doing to you also. (1Sa 8:8 NASB)
We’ve seen this continually throughout the desert wandering, even at times in the conquest of Canaan, certainly in the book of Judges – over and over, the people turn away from God and are told to repent and return to Him alone and to get rid of the idols, whether those of their forefathers, of the Egyptians or of the people in the occupied land. Even while they are crying out to Him, they still maintain their idols. How frustrating it must be to have willful, defiant, self-interested children!
He tells Samuel, “They have rejected me,” but then look what Samuel says at the anointing of Saul (quote above). Saul is appointed as ruler over God’s inheritance!
Despite the obstinate, defiant, ignorant, malcontent, disobedient, arrogant, malevolent, petulant, indolent and probably a few other “-ants or -ents”, God still views His people as precious – that special part that He has claimed as His own. What an amazing love. Despite all that has been done to separate man from God, God still loves – intensely.
And that is very good news for this obstinate, defiant, ignorant, malcontent, disobedient, arrogant, malevolent, petulant, indolent child of God.