I Samuel 11–Saul Musters an Army

Israel was in need of leadership.  While it was still God that truly protected them, and it had been Samuel that led them, they were not following. So at their request, God gave them a king.  The Ammonites did not much care, however, and their leader was disgracing Israel a tribe at a time.  They were now threatening Saul’s tribe–big mistake! Saul, when he heard the threat, felt the spirit of the Lord come over him–He was angry, not just ticked, but–Saul literally was feeling the anger of the Lord. He made clear by God’s power that it was time for Israel to comer together.  And when they did–there were 330,000 troops.  They entered the Ammonite camp and slaughtered them from night until mid day. There were few survivors and those who escaped, left alone.  There was no opportunity to regroup. and there was no more Ammonite threat.
 
Under God’s leadership, His chosen will be protected and provided for.  If we are willing to trust and follow the Lord, He will bless us and lead us through life’s challenges. He will even use the challenges of our lives to draw us closer to Him.  We must, however, seek God and allow His spirit to guide us. When we do that, amazing things begin to happen.  Saul was just a farmer. He had no formal training as king–yet, as he relied upon God to lead him; King Saul saw great success.  Joshua said it best–“Choose this day whom you will serve…As for me and my house, we will Serve the Lord!” Joshua 24:15
 
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But Nahash the Ammonite replied, “I will make a treaty with you only on the condition that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel.”

The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue us, we will surrender to you.”

When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept aloud. Just then Saul was returning from the fields, behind his oxen, and he asked, “What is wrong with everyone? Why are they weeping?” Then they repeated to him what the men of Jabesh had said.

When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger. He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, “This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel.” Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out together as one. When Saul mustered them at Bezek, the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and those of Judah thirty thousand.

They told the messengers who had come, “Say to the men of Jabesh Gilead, ‘By the time the sun is hot tomorrow, you will be rescued.’” When the messengers went and reported this to the men of Jabesh, they were elated. 10 They said to the Ammonites, “Tomorrow we will surrender to you, and you can do to us whatever you like.”

11 The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions; during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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