Friday, March 8 ::: Rebellion & Presumption

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And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has also rejected you from being king.”

Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me that I may bow before the Lord.” And Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you. For you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” As Samuel turned to go away, Saul seized the skirt of his robe, and it tore. And Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.”  Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may bow before the Lord your God.”  So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul bowed before the Lord.

I Samuel 15:22-31

sound  ::  Forgiveness, Elephant Revival (2008)

image  ::  Self Portrait, Francis Bacon (Irish, 1971)

Self Portrait, Francis Bacon (Irish, 1971) O God, early in the morning I cry to You.
Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on You:

I cannot do this alone.

In me there is darkness, but with You there is light;
I am lonely, but You do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with You there is help;
I am restless, but with You there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with You there is patience;
I do not understand Your ways, but You know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty, and enable me to live now
That I may answer before You and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 20th century

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