May 27, 2015
Yesterday's reading told the story of Saul's incomplete obedience and the rejection of Saul as king— by both God and Samuel. In the process Samuel says some of the most important statements in Scripture, which I will underline here:
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
A second quote:
He who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!”
This psalm probably ranks second in the most-memorized psalms, next to Psalm 23.
We turn to Romans 6. Mankind can at best only hope for the kind of partial obedience we have seen in Saul. We can't just 'try harder' to please God. We always ‘fall short’ of ‘God's glorious standard’— as we have heard before in Romans chapter 3. The only hope for us is for God to recreate us. This is done by a our understanding and applying a spiritual reality we cannot see, which we will hear about in chapter 6.
We have a short reading today. I encourage you to take time to think about the spiritual concepts Paul has been talking about in these last chapters— particularly Romans 5-6. The way to apply unseen spiritual realities in your life is to ask God to help you fully understand and believe them.