Matthew Poole on 1 Samuel (cont. x2)

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
As it was in ancient times with the Amalekites, so it is now with our sin: God has declared total war. We must not spare the least, nor the culturally acceptable.

Partial obedience is no obedience.

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
"Repentance in God is not, as it is in us, a change of his mind, but a change of his method or dispensation. He does not alter his will, but wills an alteration." -Matthew Henry

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
Repentance or excuses?

When confronted with sin, which will you choose?

Saul...a cautionary tale...

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
"Saul's sin in sparing Agag, and saving the best of the sheep and oxen, which he was commanded to destroy, was materially a far less sin than David's adultery and murder, yet it is made equal with a greater than both, even witchcraft itself, 1 Samuel 15:23; and whence received his sin such a dye, but from the wickedness of his heart, that was worse than David's when deepest in the temptation." --William Gurnall

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
In the course of 1 Samuel 15, it is said that God repented (v. 11), and that repentance is something that God does not do (v. 29).

How are these assertions to be harmonized?

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
'Believe it, souls, you must fall a-cutting your bosom sins in pieces by the sword of the Spirit, as Samuel cut Agag in pieces in Gilgal before the Lord, or else you will never obtain a perfect cure, 1 Samuel 15:33. Slight skirmishes will not do it; you must pursue your bosom sins to the death, or they will be the death of your souls.' -Thomas Brooks

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
For the first time in English...

Poole's "Synopsis" of 1 Samuel 15 ("the Rejection of Saul") is now available in its entirety! free and online!

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
In 1 Samuel 16, we see Saul, rejected and waning; but David, called and waxing.

Poole provides an outline...

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
"Note, Before solemn ordinances there must be a solemn protestation. When we are to offer spiritual sacrifices it concerns us, by sequestering ourselves from the world and renewing the dedication of ourselves to God, to sanctify ourselves. When our Lord Jesus came into the world, though men had reason enough to tremble, fearing that his errand was to condemn the world, yet he gave full assurance that he came peaceably, for he came to sacrifice, and he brought his offering along with him: A body hast thou prepared me. Let us sanctify ourselves, that we may have an interest in his sacrifice. Note, Those that come to sacrifice should come peaceably; religious exercises must not be performed tumultuously." --Matthew Henry

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
A lesson from history...

Israel desired a king like the kings of the other nations, and they chose one that appeared so, big and broad-shouldered, majestic in bearing. But, what they really needed was the man after God's own heart...

 

dildaysc

Puritan Board Junior
The people chose a ruler like the kings of the other nations; but what they needed was "the man after God's own heart".

A lesson for the present hour...

 
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