A Tale of Two Sauls

1 Samuel 18:10-11; 19:1
1000 B. C.
Saul, the first king of Israel, abused his authority and viciously pursued and tried to destroy David, who would become the ancestor of the Messiah. God intervened, Saul’s plan was later vanquished, and he was killed in battle.

Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-6
Fast forward a thousand years:
Saul, an Israeli religious scholar (Pharisee), abused his authority and viciously pursued and tried to destroy the fledgling church, the movement begun by the Messiah, the descendant of David. God intervened, Saul’s plan was vanquished, and Saul became Paul–the world’s greatest missionary and apostle of the faith he had tried to destroy.

God’s plan to usher in His kingdom through His Messiah, Jesus Christ, cannot be stopped by mere mortals. You and I must end up like one of the two Sauls–either destroyed while shaking our fist at the King, or humbled and transformed by repentance and faith in the King.

In Matthew 4:17, the the Messiah says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” How will you answer His command?

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Author: Joel Settecase

Joel Settecase has served in pastoral and teaching roles at Grace Pointe Church in Plainfield, IL, as well as Chicago Hope Academy and Park Community Church in Chicago. He is the author of the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones and the Settecase Student Ministry Learning Standards, and he has been blogging on ministry and apologetics since 2013. Joel is the proud husband of Aliza and father of three children.

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