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Brought Him No Presents

December 29, 2020

Brought Him No Presents

1 Samuel 10:26-27 (KJV) And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.

The children of Belial received no gifts.  Indeed you are familiar with the phrase “the children of Belial…” used here and throughout the canon of scripture to point to evil, godless, and wicked men.  Simply put, here in the Old Testament, evil men received no gifts.

Contrast this scripture above with the devotion yesterday examing (Matthew 2:11), where baby Jesus received unique gifts from the wise men sometime after His birth into this world.

We have one King receiving no gifts, and another, set above all other kings, Jesus Christ, who receives special or unique presents. 

Comparing these two verses, one from the Old Testament and the other from the New Testament, point out three important things:

  • The contrast between good and evil
  • Children of God (submission) and the children of the devil (rebellion)
  • King Saul, recognizing this insurrection, held his peace, choosing not to speak when questioned

A more in-depth study of these two verses gives us a contrast between good and evil. Take the time to look at verses, compare scripture to scripture, and carefully and to study the individual words God chose to record in His Word.  Doing so will give you a deeper appreciation of truth and drive home valuable lessons.

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