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January 29, 2017


Passage: 1 Samuel 15:1-35

So this week we finish chapter 14 and move through chapter 15 of 1 Samuel. That section presents us with some major head-scratchers. First we have a rather glowing summary of the administration of Saul followed by his rejection by God. Very odd sequence. Then we encounter one of those pictures that many non-Christians hate, many liberals reject, and that make Christians very uneasy. God requires the total elimination of a nomadic tribe. Has God changed to the kinder, gentler New Testament God? Many think so. We'll have to ponder that. And then, as if that is not enough, and still on the subject of God changing, we have a clear and beautiful statement that God does not change or repent. The problem is that powerful and clear assertion is in the same chapter that tells us - twice! - that God repented.