HIS Inheritance

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)

The people wanted a king.  God says, “You have rejected me.” (1 Sam 8:7 & 10:19).  He expands on that a little:

“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.

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5 Responses to HIS Inheritance

  1. katebortell says:

    Jim this is good news indeed because no matter how good we tell ourselves we are…… We arent.
    And He loves us in spite of it all.

    • Usually Lent has been about my fallenness, brokenness, sinfulness, etc. It usually revolves around what I need to change or what I need to “give up”. This year I choose to make it about His love, joy and peace. I choose to make God the central focus.

      • katebortell says:

        Wow. Just wow. So simple and genius at the same time.
        Okay Jim im on board. Its about Him this Lent. Not this broken down fallen girl. Just Him! What can i do to please Him this time. I love it.

  2. Barbara Phinney says:

    You’re better than that bro. I’m reading The Grace Awakening bu Chuck Swindoll. I recommend it to help all Christians live in grace and victory.

    • Thanks, sis. I’m glad I’m not the man I was. Who we are in Christ changes everything. It’s encouraging to begin to understand that I have the spirit of adoption as His child and not that of a fearful slave! (Rom 8:15)

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