The Bleating of Sheep and Lowing of Cattle

The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey. (1 Samuel 15:2-3)

Compare to 1 Samuel 15:13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”

14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”

Did Saul really carry out God’s command? No, he did not. Although there is a good lesson in regards to what happened because of Saul’s disobedience, I want to focus not on that whole story but to something more personal.

The writer of Hebrews states:

12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Scripture tells us to “Throw off”(NIV) sin. In 2 Tim. 2 we also see we should “PURGE” ourselves of some things:
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

The message is clear here, we are to cleans ourselves of sin. We are to do works that God tells us to do, or as Paul states in Acts 26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

In John 14:15 we read: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Now I am NOT teaching perfectionism in this life.  I know John also states 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

But, we are to purge ourselves, we are to keep his commandments, we are to lay aside the sin that so easily besets us.  We are to live lives that are pleasing to our Father God.  We should be different than those who are in the world.

On a personal note, I find myself asking Father to show me where I am not doing or thinking as I should.  I want to please him.  I want to die to self.  I want to obey God completely in purging Amelek completely from my life.

What I do not want God to say to me is this, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”


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3 thoughts on “The Bleating of Sheep and Lowing of Cattle

  1. Ya know, you might want to read the context surrounding that verse in I Samuel, because the reason he got so mad at King Saul is because he didn’t kill all the men, women, children, dogs and cats, etc. of the Amalakites, supposedly at the command of God!

    But if Jesus was right about what God is really like, then Samuel got the message all wrong! Perhaps God told him, “Tell Saul to share my love with the Amalakites,” and somehow, he heard, “Tell Saul to slaughter the Amalakites.” But either way, I’m going with Jesus’ view.

    Of course, that story does seem consistent with the type of God who made the universe with the idea that he’s wrap everything up by torturing billions of people for eternity! And sadly, Jesus’ message as been so corrupted by Man, that many are now convinced he agreed with such an insane concept.

    But the really good news is that Jesus did not believe in Hell, he couldn’t have.

    I’ve actually written an entire book on this topic–“Hell? No! Why You Can Be Certain There’s No Such Place As Hell,” (for anyone interested, you can get a free ecopy of my book at my website: http://www.thereisnohell.com), but if I may, let me share one of the many points I make in it to explain why.

    If one is willing to look, there’s substantial evidence contained in the gospels to show that Jesus opposed the idea of Hell. For example, in Luke 9:51-56, is a story about his great disappointment with his disciples when they actually suggested imploring God to rain FIRE on a village just because they had rejected him. His response: “You don’t know what spirit is inspiring this kind of talk!” Presumably, it was NOT the Holy Spirit. He went on, trying to explain how he had come to save, heal and relieve suffering, not be the CAUSE of it.

    So it only stands to reason that this same Jesus, who was appalled at the very idea of burning a few people, for a few horrific minutes until they were dead, could never, ever burn BILLIONS of people for an ETERNITY!

    True, there are a few statements that made their way into the copies of copies of copies of the gospel texts which place “Hell” on Jesus’ lips, but these adulterations came along many decades after his death, most likely due to the Church filling up with Greeks who imported their belief in Hades with them when they converted.

    Bear in mind that the historical Protestant doctrine of the inspiration of the Scriptures applies only to the original autographs, not the copies. But sadly, the interpolations that made their way into those copies have provided a convenient excuse for a lot of people to get around following Jesus’ real, core message.

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    • Rick,

      If Jesus didn’t believe in Hell, what was He referring to in Matthew 8:11 & 12 where He said that many would be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth? And, if “outer darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth” isn’t Hell, then just what is it that He was speaking of?

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  2. OR, you could be totally wrong. The Jews scripture shows this to be an accurate description. Could it be that GOD as a RIGHTEOUS judge pronounced a judgement on that people because of their sinfulness?
    We are ALL sinners Rick, and as such we deserve the punishment that was told before Adam sinned. The wages of sin is death.
    If a judge had a murderer in his court, the jury had found him guilty, would the judge be a good judge if he just let him go? NO, people would have a problem with that.
    Your problem Rick, is this. Since YOU do not want to accept the requirement of sin, you blame the Creator, not the sinner, for the punishment that was laid down prior to that sin.
    You do not accept the authority of scripture, for if you did, you would be bound to accept all that it says. You can go on in your wilful ignorance if you want, that is up to you.
    I will say this, there are more copies extant of the Bible than any other book, they number in the thousands and they are remarkably accurate, in the 95% or better. BUT, people like you try to disparage it. Homers Illiad has less than 650 copies, NO ONE EVER QUESTIONS IT’S ACCURACY. Guess how many copies of Plato’s works we have? 7, that’s it. No one ever questions Plato.
    You may use human reasoning to say that Hell does not exist, but the Bible is clear, there IS a lake that burns with fire, at the end of this current age there will be a beast that will be thrown in it, then 1000 years later Lucifer and all those judged unrighteous will be thrown into it, and the language or Revelation is clear, it says “Where the beast and the false prophet ARE.” They are NOT annihilated, the FALSE PROPHET IS A MAN, and he is still there.

    It is NOT God’s fault we sin, it is ours. It is not God’s fault we end up where we go. IT IS OURS. God provided a way, man chooses to thumb his nose at it.

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