Reading 1 Samuel Chapter 12
As you know the Israelites demanded a King earlier on in this book, which God considered a Rejection of His rule. (1 Sam 8:7) Yet God gave them a great King, one that stood a foot taller than everyone else and was referred to as God’s anointed (1 Sam 12:5).
Is anyone else confused? God considered it a sin to ask for a King because God had been their protector, their ruler and their guide, but it wasn’t enough for Israel, they found safety in being like everyone else. Even thought they sinned in the sight of the Lord, God granted their request. (Side note this is a scary thing! Sometimes God will give you just what you want with an extremely difficult life lesson to follow.)
The Request for a King was so ill advised that they were to be punished for it. 1 Samuel 12:17 reads, “Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call upon the Lord to send thunder and rain. And you will realize that an evil thing you did in the eyes of the Lord when you asked for a king.”
So what is it? King is good? King is Bad? King is anointed? King is cursed? Despite Israel’s sin God showed His favor in King Saul. Despite Israel’s departure from the will of God he provides a way for redemption and reconciliation. Despite Israel’s past sins, it did not define their future path!
Notice In verse 20 even after they learned that their Kingly search was going to bring them punishment, the prophet of the Lord says this, ” Do not be afraid…. You have done all this evil YET (emphasis mine) do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart…. (22) For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.”
The Prophet Samuel goes on in verses 21-25 to give them a choice to separate themselves from their past sins, to serve the Lord only and be defined by their position as children of the Lord. Or they could chose to persist in doing evil with the result of being swept away!
This amazes me because while the Israelites rejected God, and sinned against Him, He gave them a clear path for redemption! The Israelites did not have to be defined by their sin, God had a way to move them past it! He gave them a King and gave them victory in battle, with the choice to remain on the path toward their future or revert back to their sinful ways.
We too have a choice! The scripture says He removes our sin from us just as far as the east is from the west. We have freedom from our past sins. We are set with a choice. How unfortunate that we often, as the Israelites eventually did, choose wrongly. Proverbs 26:11 says, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly”
Your Past sin does not define you! You define you! Let someone else clean up the vomit!