GOD GAVE A MAN A NEW HEART IN ONE DAY AND HE STILL DID NOT DO RIGHT!
Samuel said to Saul, “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait SEVEN DAYS until I come to you AND TELL YOU WHAT YOU ARE TO DO.” And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, GOD GAVE HIM ANOTHER HEART: and all those signs came to pass that day. 1 Samuel 10:8-9…
GILGAL, GILGAL, GILGAL…YES! GILGAL IS A PLACE YOU MUST GO IF YOU NEED A NEW HEART. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I NEED A NEW HEART! ANYONE NEED OPEN HEART SURGERY?
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts and see if there be any WICKED way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. PSALM 139:24…
SAMUEL FURTHER INSTRUCTED HIM … thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: (BETHEL MEANS HOUSE OF GOD) THAT IS WHERE HE GOT THE BREAD! THREE MEN REPRESENT THE SAME THREE MEN THAT ABRAHAM MET UNDER A TENT that TOLD HIS WIFE THAT ABOUT THAT TIME NEXT YEAR, SHE WOULD HAVE A CHILD….ITS THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST! BREAD, AND WINE AND A SACRIFICE!
And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.
5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: DID YOU GET THAT? GOD’S HILL NEXT TO THE GATES OF HELL…
A garrison of the Philistines on the hill of God!
The hill of God, most Jewish commentators believe, was the place the Ark of the Covenant was located. Some believe that is was a location for the school of the prophets.
SO SAUL HAD TO PASS THROUGH HELL TO GET TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE MUSIC AND THE MANTLE! JESUS HAD TO DIE ON A HILL CALLED CALVERY AND GO TO HELL TO GET SOME KEYS!
THEN SAMUEL SAID, “and it shall come to pass, when thou art come to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:
6 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, AND SHALT BE TURNED INTO ANOTHER MAN.
7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
8 And thou shalt go down before me to GILGAL; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
NOW WE JUST READ SAUL’S JOURNEY. GOD CHANGED HIS HEART AND THE VOICE OF PROPHECY CAME UPON HIM AND HE BECAME A NEW MAN!
Now if you have ever studied the story of Saul’s life, you know he did not wait and tarry for his further instructions. HE WAS TOLD TO WAIT 7 DAYS…BUT, He became leery in the battle, weary, tired and anxious to move on… HIS HEART WAS NOT CIRCUMSIZED YET! HE HAD THE ANOINTING, THE CROWN, THE POWER AND THE AUTHORITY, BUT HIS HEART WAS NOT RIGHT! HE WAS THE TALLEST, MOST HANDSOME MAN IN THE TOWN AND HIS FATHER HAD GREAT WEALTH. HIS NAME MEANT, “ASKED FOR”. THE PEOPLE ASKED FOR A KING, THEY ALWAYS DO…
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE HEART?
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9.
Samuel told Saul to wait for the burnt offerings. Saul waited and it was the 7th day but the people were in a fix and the Philistines were getting all geared up for battle and so Saul thought he needed the people to win the battle. His eyes were fixed on the people as his source and as his means…NOT GOD.
NOW HE PROBABLY WASN’T EVEN AWARE OF THIS BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME WE ARE NOT AWARE OF OUR OWN HEARTS…NOW SAUL BEGINS TO BLAME THE PROPHET FOR THE SITUATION BECAUSE AFTER ALL HE WAS LATE AND SO PRIDE AND PEOPLE PLEASING FILL HIS HEART. A LACK of TRUST in GOD! Samuel was late and not responding so shouldn’t he do what any king should do? NO!!!! IT WAS NOT HIS JOB TO OFFER THE SACRIFICES IT WAS THE PROPHETS JOB!
Later on Saul was given instructions to completely AND UTTERLY DESTROY THE AMALEKITES BUT SAUL LIKED THE BEST OF THE FAT OF THE LAND AND HE KEPT THE BEST SHEEP, OXENS AND FATLINGS AND WORSE HE KEPT THE KING ALIVE!
And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed be you to the LORD. I have performed the commandment of the LORD.” And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?” 1 SAMUEL 15:15.
THE NEXT WORDS OUT OF SAULS MOUTH ARE…”THE PEOPLE” BUT THE PEOPLE TOOK THE BEST OF THE LAMBS FOR A SACRIFICE…THE PEOPLE…SAMUEL LOOKS AT HIM AND SAYS, “ENOUGH!” YES ENOUGH OF THE BLAME GAME, IT’S TIME TO EXAMINE OUR HEARTS!
“Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” “Tell me,” Saul replied. Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out. ‘Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?” 1 SAMUEL 15:15-
I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW BAD THIS KING MISSED IT! HE ACTUALLY THOUGHT HE HEARD THE VOICE OF THE LORD…LISTEN, AND READ CAREFULLY HIS RESPONSE!
And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.” But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 1 SAMUEL 15:23…
NOW GILGAL IS A MATTER OF THE HEART!
We think we are ready for the KINGDOM, the promotion, the title, the ministry, the child, the degree, the business and so forth but our hearts still are not right! HE NEEDS TO CUT AWAY THE PRIDE, THE SHAME, THE SIN, THE IDOLATRY, THE REPROACH AND THE GUILT EVEN. SOME OF US NEED A SHARPER SCALPEL THAN OTHERS. IF YOU ARE AT GILGAL, LAY OPEN YOUR HEART ON THE ALTAR AND CRY OUT FOR HIM TO HEAL YOU! PRAY TO OBEY HIM…FORGET THE OFFERINGS AND THE SACRIFICES AND HOW MUCH YOU GAVE TO THE CHURCH IN TITHES LAST YEAR! FORGET THAT YOU HAVE A PLAQUE WITH YOUR NAME ENGRAVED ON IT FOR HELPING TO BUILD THE BUILDING! FORGET ABOUT ALL THE THINGS YOU DESTROYED IN THE BATTLE, ALL THE ENEMIES YOU FOUGHT AND KILLED, WHETHER IT WAS DRUGS, LUST, SEX, ALCHOHOL OR PRIDE AND REMEMBER THERE MAY BE SOMETHING YOU HELD ONTO! KILL THE KING!!! KILL THE BIGGEST DEMON AND THE OTHERS WILL FALL…THAT’S WHY JESUS ATTEMPTED TO CAST DEMONS OUT OF A MAN AND THEY DIDN’T BUDGE, SO HE SAID, “WHAT IS YOUR NAME? LEGION FOR WE ARE MANY! GET THE KING AND THE REST FALL!
SAMUEL HAD TO DO THE KINGS JOB THAT DAY BECAUSE THE KING WAS AFRAID OF THE PEOPLE…KING SAUL HAD OFFERED THE SPECIAL SACRIFICES THAT WERE MEANT FOR THE PROPHET TO DO, NOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED! SAMUEL TELLS SAUL TO GET THE WICKED KING AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS,
Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel put Agag to death before the LORD at Gilgal.
LET US PUT OUR SINS TO DEATH AT GILGAL AND GET OUR HEARTS RIGHT!!!!
ALSO IF KINGS DON’T STEP UP AND DO THEIR JOBS RIGHT, GOD will begin TO TURN IT OVER TO THE PROPHETS…