DISOBEDIENCE & CONSEQUENCES
Disobedient means refusal to obey or carry out an instruction or order. Usually, the consequence is punishment. This punishment could be instant or delayed.
SAULS DISOBEDIENCE (1 Sam. 10:1-16, 15:1-19)
Joel and Abijah (sons of Samuel) did not follow the way of their father and as a result, the Israelites rejected them and demanded for a king that would lead them.
Saul, the Son of Kish from the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by God to be the first king of Israel. Saul disobeyed God when he was instructed to fight against the Amalekites and to destroy everything there. Instead he spared Agag, king of Amalekites as well as the best of sheep and cattle for sacrifice to God.
Samuel was angry with Saul and told him ‘obedience is better than sacrifice’.
CONSEQUENCE OF SAUL’S DISOBEDIENCE (I Sam. 15:20-25; 15:14-23, 31:1-13)
– God rejected Saul as the King.
– The spirit of God departed from him while an evil spirit tormented him.
– David, was hired as a musician to play music for him. David eventually replaced Saul as king of Israel.
A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
This refers to David who later became king of Israel.
SUBMISSION TO THE WILL OF GOD (1Sam. 26:1-25, 2 Sam. 12:15-25)
When Saul wanted to kill David, he ran out to take refuge in the wilderness of Ziph. The Ziphites informed Saul. Saul went with 3,000 men in search of David in the wilderness.
David learnt of this and sent spies to spy the exact location of Saul and his troops. Later, David and Abishai, his army commander, found Saul surrounded by his troops in deep sleep.
Abishai sought permission from David to kill Saul there by pinning him with his spear to the ground. Abishai said that God had given David’s enemy into his hand. David refused to lay his hand on God’s anointed. According to him, it was better for Saul to die a natural death.
Instead they collected Saul’s water jar and spear. When they were a safe distance away, David called upon Abner son of Ner the commander of Saul’s troops to expose how weak his security was.
When Saul, heard the voice of David, he regretted pursuing David. David returned back Saul’s items and Saul promised not to pursue him anymore.
DAVID’S SHORTCOMINGS (2 Sam. 11:2-17; 2 Sam. 12:1-15): When the Israelites were out fighting against the Ammonites, David, their king was at home. He saw Uriah’s wife Bathsheba bathing and asked that she be brought to him. He committed adultery with her and later killed her husband Uriah.
What David did displeased God and He sent Prophet Nathan to him. When David heard from prophet Nathan, he was sorry and asked God for forgiveness. Nathan pronounced his punishment as follows:
a) The sword would never depart from David’s house since Uriah had fallen by the sword.
b) His wives would be involved in open adultery.
c) His family will experience all sorts of evil.
d) The adulterous child that was born will die.
All that the prophet said came to pass. Eventually David married Bathsheba and she gave birth to King Solomon.