God's Type

While reading about the split of the kingdom of Israel after Solomon’s death I ran across the description of Jeroboam.

Now the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious he appointed him over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph.
1 Kings 11:28

 

I wanted to revisit how God described Saul, Israel’s first king.

[Kish] had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome peson than he among he sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.
1 Samuel 9:2

 

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Peace Does Not Come Through People or Human Institutions

 

Peace

When Israel complained to Samuel about his sons being their judges they asked for a human king. God gave Israel what they wanted but He first had Samuel tell them what a human king would be like; how a king would take their things (children, servants, food, money, etc) versus how God gave them things.

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Peaceful sleep

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.
Psa 4:8 NASB

David’s experience hiding from Saul was a pot in which his dependence on God for his safety was seasoned. ¬†David knew that God wouldn’t start supplying David’s needs and then stop part way through; God would always give to David and protect David because God was faithful and to be trusted.

In this instance David shows how God’s protection led to peaceful sleep for him.

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