Summary: In this study, we will learn three important things in the life of King Saul that revealed his initial flaws that ultimately brought him down. God wants us to be faithful unto the very end.
Today, we will continue our study on the life of King Saul.
So far, we have learned from chapter 12 that Samuel gave his farewell speech to Israel.
He had lived with exemplary good moral integrity all his life and left words that encouraged Israel.
He said in 1 Samuel 12:14-15 "If you fear the Lord and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God—good! 15 But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors."
Now, we will focus our study in the life of Saul.
His life was the complete opposite of the life of Samuel.
Saul's life could be summed up in one sentence: "It is not how you start that is important, but how you finish the race of life."
Saul started out very well as a king only to see his subsequent actions derail his life and pulling down his own people as well.
He started out honoring God but ended up disobeying His commands.
It seems that he did not make a good finish.
And is not leaving behind a good legacy.
How could that be possible?
How could someone so close to God at the start of his life, then after many years in power began to spiral out of control and out of favor with men and God?
What could have gone wrong along the way?
This chapter will teach us a glimpse on how his spiritual and moral decline as a leader came into being and eventually destroyed himself and his kingdom.
Let me start with this story:.
There’s a little anecdote of Leonardo da Vinci, the great painter, sculptor, and inventor, about his painting The Last Supper, one
of the most copied and sold works of art in all of history.
It took da Vinci twenty years to finish, since it was so difficult at that time to find people who could pose as models.
In fact, he had problems in starting the painting because he couldn’t find a model who could represent Jesus,
someone who could reflect in his face purity, nobility, and the loveliest feelings.
Also, the model needed to possess extraordinary manly beauty.
Finally, he found a young man with these characteristics, and it was the first figure of the picture he painted.
Later, he went looking for the twelve apostles, whom he painted together, leaving Judas Iscariot’s spot open, since he couldn’t find a suitable model.
It had to be a person of mature age who had a face with the traces of betrayal and greed.
That is why the painting remained unfinished for a long time, until they told him of a terrible criminal who had been taken prisoner.
Da Vinci went to see him, and he was exactly the Judas he wanted to finish his work.
So he asked the mayor to allow the prisoner to pose for him.
The mayor, knowing the master’s fame, gladly accepted and ordered that the prisoner be taken to the painter’s studio, chained
and accompanied by two guards.
During all that time, the prisoner showed no signs of emotion for having been chosen as a model, but remained completely quiet and distant.