Our Speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Donnie Patten of Emmaus Bible College (shown on the left, with his two children). He gave us his insight on the life of King Saul. King Saul was chosen king mostly because of his looks (...from his shoulder and upward he was higher than any of the people... 1 Samuel 13:9). The bottom line -- King Saul relied on his own power as king of Israel. His life is a sad commentary on one who had it all, but did not rely on God. In contrast, Saul's son, Jonathan, relied on God's power. He had a theology of the impossible; he believed that God is able, with little or with much!
And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few. And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee, behold I am with thee according to thy heart. Then said Jonathan...if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the Lord hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us...And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow...(1 Samuel 14).
Mr Patten's challenge to Believers:
- Embrace the theology of the impossible
- Be dependent upon Him; this necessitates a consistent prayer life on our part
The full message, in context, is available on DVD
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