A Monument to self (I Samuel 12-16)

12 And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it was told Samuel, “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal. I Samuel 12:15

One would think a king who was coming to conqueror would come with a show of power.  One would imagine such a king would have monuments built for himself.  Such is the way of earthly kings.

However, this was not the way of King Jesus.  When Jesus came to this world He came in the lowest of ways.  His first bed was a lonely manger.  The prophet Isaiah wrote of His coming in Isaiah 42:1-4; 52:13-53:12.  Here is an exert from Isaiah 53:

53 Who has believed what he has heard from us?[a]
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected[b] by men,
    a man of sorrows[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[f]
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Jesus came as a servant choosing as His only monument an old rugged cross!!!

This was a far cry from how King Saul lived his life.  Saul obeyed the voice of self-elevation.

  • Saul wanted the spoils of battle, 15:9-10.
  • Saul wanted the honor of men, 15:12.
  • Saul heeded the voice of men who carried out his own desires, 15:21.

The truth is, king Saul rebelled against God and presumed it would be ok (15:23). The kingdom was removed from him.

Yesterday, I asked, who is king in your life.  Today I place the question before you once again. Is the king in your life like Saul?  Could it be that you are your own king?  Paul writes about King Jesus in Phil. 2:5-11.  This is the King I follow.

The writer of Revelation reminds us of King Jesus Second-Coming. In 1:7 everyone will bow before Him.

This Christmas season reminds us to live in a way that makes our lives a monument for Jesus!!!

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