SAUL AND SAUL! A CONTRAST!
There are two Sauls in the Bible, one in the Old Testament and the other in the New Testament.
The first mentioned in the old testament was Saul, the son of Kish, chosen by Israel as their first 👑 king.
The second was Saul who became the Apostle Paul.
One stood head and shoulders above his fellows “Physically.” The other stood above his fellows “Spiritually.” Both men make a striking contrast. King Saul, at the end of his life, said, “I have played the fool.”
The apostle died saying, “I have fought the good fight, l have kept the faith! Therefore there is a crown waiting for me.”
How did this happen? King Saul’s life took a downward decline because…
He neglected Godly advice!
He disobeyed God’s command!
He tried to cover up his sin!
He persuaded himself that he was doing God a favour!
He also was jealous of David, his replacement and tried to murder him.
Finally, in a stressful, fearsome time he deliberately sought the powers of darkness to seek God’s will for the future. We would have to say, he played the fool.
It is also foolish for us to turn away from God’s will and go our own way. It leads to a path of downward destruction. How very sad!
Now in sharp contrast let us consider the Apostle Paul. The Lord changed his name from Saul to Paul. He was the enemy of the cross until he had an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
Jesus can change your life the moment you repent and give your life totally to Him.
JESUS called him into a vital ministry involving many hazards. Paul’s life was a progressive upgrade.
Please read the account of Pauls’s ship wreckage in the book of Acts.
Acts chapters 27, 28.
Paul had learned to ‘DIE TO SELF.’ THEN ‘LIVE FOR CHRIST!’
“FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.”
Friend, as you make choices for living in this troubled world. Those decisions must not be seemingly good intentions. They must be GOD CENTRED, according to His Word!
Saul of the old testament was ‘Egocentric’. (Thinking of only of himself.)
Paul was ‘Christocentric.‘ (Christ as the central being in his life.
My, what a contrast, and what differing results! for both of them.
My advice to you, dear reader, is:
“DO ✅️ RIGHT TILL THE STARS FALL!”
As we learned in our previous study, Sauls’s life ended with him taking his own life.
However, the apostle Paul’s life ceased through martyrdom.
King Saul died in utter defeat and doom.
The Apostle faced many near-death experiences, yet he was always living and working by faith in the Son of God,” who loved him and gave Himself for him.”
Paul could boldly proclaim…
“FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST, AND TO DIE IS GAIN.”
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