Powered by 4 - June 16, 2015


Superb Leader

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 11:1-15

Today we get a look at Saul's leadership style in the early days, and I have to say, it is impressive. The Ammonites have taken control of the city of Jabesh-gilead, and Nahash, the Ammonite leader, has agreed to make a treaty with the people--under the condition that each person's right eye be gouged out as a way to disgrace Israel. (Talk about a picture of an arrogant bully). In desperation and with the hope of receiving aid from kinsman, Jabesh-gilead sends word of their impending plight around the countryside.

When the message reaches Saul's community of Gibeah, the people are sad but no one suggests taking action to help. That all changes, however, once Saul hears about this horrific situation. He immediately responds, calling out the people of Israel to rally together to rescue the city of Jabesh-gilead. Saul then organizes a large group to respond, and they proceed to crush the Ammonites and take back the city. But we're not quite done seeing Saul's leadership. Immediately after the victory, Saul refuses to allow the killing of a number of men who had opposed his leadership. Well done, Saul.

While we may not think so, the fact of the matter is, we're all leaders in some capacity. So what did you learn from this account about understanding, helping and leading people? Tami

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