There’s Not Always a 2nd Chance

I was probably five or six years old. It was a bright new morning, a little earlier than usual for me, when I slipped downstairs to what was then our little schoolroom (for those of you who don’t know, I was homeschooled). Here there were two little desks, one for me and one for my brother, and a big classic chalkboard that took up most of the longest wall.

I don’t remember how often my mom actually used that chalkboard, but it does stand out in my memory in this particular story. I was the first one downstairs, but to my surprise, there was writing on the chalkboard already.

It looked like instructions for a treasure hunt or something!

I started to read, and it went something like this:

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1 Samuel 15: To Obey is Better than Sacrifice

saul_tears_samuels_cloak1 Samuel 15 starts off with Samuel giving some specific instructions to Saul. When exactly this occurs in relation to the previous chapters, I don’t know. Assuming chronological order, at this point in time Samuel has rebuked Saul for disobedience and declared that his kingdom will not last forever.

But while the kingdom may not last forever, it is still in Saul’s possession for now. So Samuel gives Saul some specific instructions from the LORD: Continue reading