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The Allegory of Saul

The Allegory of Saul

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The Allegory of Saul

by David Neal
This paper concerns the allegory of the two “Sauls” as related to the larger understanding of God’s dealing with mankind. An allegory is a figurative discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The principal subject is thus kept out of view and is revealed by the Spirit to those who seek God’s wisdom. The first Saul was chosen of God to be the first king to lead His people ( Israel ). Saul was a Benjamite - a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people (1 Sam 9:2). Saul went on a journey where he crossed the path of Samuel the prophet. 1 Samuel 9:15-17, “Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.” Samuel anointed Saul to be king and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him (1 Sam 10:1, 6). God specifically chose Saul and he was initially blessed of the Lord. 1 Samuel 10:10-12, “And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?” Therefore, Saul was initially in God’s good graces and was filled with the Holy Spirit to serve the Lord’s purposes – to rule justly over God’s people Israel . God’s requirement of Saul was obedience to the Lord’s commands (to explicitly follow directions). The Lord had spoken through Samuel and said, 1 Samuel 12:13-15, “Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, andobey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.” Disobedience to God makes you the Lord’s enemy – at enmity! This is how Satan separates man from God. He entices you to seek your way (the way of the flesh) and thereby makes you a transgressor. The devil then accuses you before God (Rev 12:10). It soon became apparent that Saul was disobedient to the Lord’s will. To disobey God is to transgress God’s purposes – to choose your will or way over the Lord’s purposes. This is rebellion against God! Saul’s first failure to comply with God’s direction occurred when the Philistines gathered together to battle Israel . The Philistines came up with a great host and filled the country. 1 Samuel 13:6-14, “When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead . As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering
The Allegory of Saul

by David Neal
This paper concerns the allegory of the two “Sauls” as related to the larger understanding of God’s dealing with mankind. An allegory is a figurative discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The principal subject is thus kept out of view and is revealed by the Spirit to those who seek God’s wisdom. The first Saul was chosen of God to be the first king to lead His people ( Israel ). Saul was a Benjamite - a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people (1 Sam 9:2). Saul went on a journey where he crossed the path of Samuel the prophet. 1 Samuel 9:15-17, “Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.” Samuel anointed Saul to be king and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him (1 Sam 10:1, 6). God specifically chose Saul and he was initially blessed of the Lord. 1 Samuel 10:10-12, “And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?” Therefore, Saul was initially in God’s good graces and was filled with the Holy Spirit to serve the Lord’s purposes – to rule justly over God’s people Israel . God’s requirement of Saul was obedience to the Lord’s commands (to explicitly follow directions). The Lord had spoken through Samuel and said, 1 Samuel 12:13-15, “Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, andobey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.” Disobedience to God makes you the Lord’s enemy – at enmity! This is how Satan separates man from God. He entices you to seek your way (the way of the flesh) and thereby makes you a transgressor. The devil then accuses you before God (Rev 12:10). It soon became apparent that Saul was disobedient to the Lord’s will. To disobey God is to transgress God’s purposes – to choose your will or way over the Lord’s purposes. This is rebellion against God! Saul’s first failure to comply with God’s direction occurred when the Philistines gathered together to battle Israel . The Philistines came up with a great host and filled the country. 1 Samuel 13:6-14, “When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead . As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering

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The Allegory of Sau
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by David Neal
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his paper concerns the allegory of the two “Sauls” as related tothe larger understanding of God’s dealing with mankind. Anallegory is a figurative discourse, in which the principal subject isdescribed by another subject resembling it in its properties andcircumstances. The principal subject is thus kept out of view andis revealed by the Spirit to those who seek God’s wisdom. Thefirst Saul was chosen of God to be the first king to lead His people(
Israel 
). Saul was a Benjamite - a choice young man, and agoodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlierperson than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higherthan any of the people (
1 Sam 9:2
). Saul went on a journeywhere he crossed the path of Samuel the prophet. 1 Samuel9:15-17, “Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day beforeSaul came, saying, To morrow about this time I will send thee aman out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to becaptain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people,because their cry is come unto me. And when Samuel saw Saul,the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to theeof! this same shall reign over my people.” Samuel anointed Saulto be king and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him (
1 Sam 10:1,6
). God specifically chose Saul and he was initially blessed of theLord. 1 Samuel 10:10-12, “And when they came thither to thehill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. And itcame to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that,behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people saidone to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? IsSaul also among the prophets? And one of the same placeanswered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became aproverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?” Therefore, Saul wasinitially in God’s good graces and was filled with the Holy Spirit toserve the Lord’s purposes – to rule justly over God’speople Israel . God’s requirement of Saul was obedience to theLord’s commands (
to explicitly follow directions
). The Lord hadspoken through Samuel and said, 1 Samuel 12:13-15, “Nowtherefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye
 
have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, andobey his voice, and notrebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both yeand also the king that reigneth over you continue following theLORD your God: But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, butrebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the handof the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.” Disobedience to God makes you the Lord’s enemy – at enmity!This is how Satan separates man from God. He entices you toseek your way (
the way of the flesh
) and thereby makes you atransgressor. The devil then accuses you before God (
Rev 12:10
).It soon became apparent that Saul was disobedient to the Lord’swill. To disobey God is to transgress God’s purposes – to chooseyour will or way over the Lord’s purposes. This is rebellion againstGod! Saul’s first failure to comply with God’s direction occurredwhen the Philistines gathered together to battle Israel . ThePhilistines came up with a great host and filled the country. 1Samuel 13:6-14, “When the men of Israel saw that they were in astrait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hidethemselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in highplaces, and in pits. And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan tothe land of Gad and Gilead . As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, andall the people followed him trembling. And he tarried seven days,according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuelcame not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. AndSaul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peaceofferings. And he offered the burnt offering. And it came to pass,that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering,behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that hemight salute him. And Samuel said, What hast thou done? AndSaul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me,and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that thePhilistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Thereforesaid I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, andI have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel said to Saul,Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would theLORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But nowthy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a manafter his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to becaptain over his people, because thou hast not kept that whichthe LORD commanded thee.” Saul was suppose to exercise faith
 
toward God. Faith is that which goes beyond the ability andreasoning of the flesh. Faith denies the flesh its strong will ordesire. Saul was allowing the flesh (
that which opposes the Spirit,Gal5:17 
) to rule his actions rather than trust in the Lord.Essential elements of faith are patience, obedience and trust. Theflesh never wants to wait on anything, but wants what it wantswhen it wants it. God requires us to wait upon Him and this ismostly a just in time proposition (
Ps 37:9, Is 40:31
). Trust isconfidence in God and becomes an outwardly expressed validationof belief (
application to your life’s circumstances
). This iscommitting one’s very life into the hands of God (
hopes, future,lifestyle, daily and eternal existence, etc.
). When Saul feared thePhilistines he committed himself to his own way or reasoning (
asman mostly does
). This trust in SELF must die in us before we cantruly trust in God and commit our very soul to the Lord(
surrender of will 
). Our love toward God manifests itself throughour obedience. Love is the sacrifice of self for the benefit of another (
first God then our neighbor 
). Our supreme love of God isthe sacrifice of SELF for the purpose of God’s will (
total surrender to God’s authority 
). Consider this verse: Mark 8:35 , “Forwhosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall losehis life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it (
alsoMt 10:39
 
 , 16:25 
 
 , Lk 9:24
 
 , 17:33
 
 , Jn 12:25 
 
 , what anemphasis!
).” What this is saying is: “live for SELF and die; die toSELF and live (
2 Cor 5:15 
 
-16
).” Romans 8:13 , “For if ye liveafter the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortifythe deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Your way (
the way of theflesh
) is opposite of God and will always produce “death” – thoushalt surely die (
the penaltyfor transgression of God’s will,Gen 2:17 
). God is the giver of life and apart from Him there isonly death. You must obey the Spirit in putting to death thethings of the flesh. Therefore, love, trust, patience and obediencedeny the flesh it’s way which is always opposed to God’spurposes. Saul sought his way which is an exaltation of SELFabove God – to rise above the throne of God. This was manifestedas impatience, self reliance, intemperance (
lack of self control 
)and unbelief – taking matters into your own hands (
your way/path/opinions
). These are the fruits of the flesh and revealthe fallen nature of man. The Lord God sought a replacement forSaul that day – a man after His own heart (
one who would obey and live in true faith
).

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