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I’m a seminary student who is new to this whole blogging thing. Hacking Agag has become an outlet for sharing videos, links, devotionals, Bible studies, and writing the occasional article. I hope these recommendations are encouraging, convicting, and helpful.

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And Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. – 1 Samuel 15:33

God hates sin. This historic narrative of Samuel destroying King Agag can serve as a graphic illustration of how believers should engage their sin. God instructed for the Amalekites to be utterly destroyed, but Saul spared Agag’s life and oxen after taking his lands. This angered the Lord and cost Saul his throne. Samuel, though not a soldier but servant of the LORD, rooted the sin of his king by hacking Agag to pieces.

When we become believers in Christ, the dethroning of sin’s reign in our hearts is total and devastating. Our King is good to have conquered sin and death through the cross of Calvary. Our enemy has already been defeated. However, until that day when our sanctification is complete, we find ourselves wrought with lingering sins. Little loose Agags reside cheerfully in our warmest chambers. Like Samuel, we must hack them pieces. If not, they will revive themselves at our table and drain us of the spiritual nourishment that is ours to enjoy. After such weakening, they will then turn with insurrection in attempts to destroy us.

So how can we escape such treason? Only through discipline, self-control and reliance on the Holy Spirit’s power to sustain us, can the sin in our lives be uprooted and hacked.

  • Prayer gives us the strength to fight. “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41
  • God’s Word gives us the tools to fight. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to fight. “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13

The battle is won. And like Agag, sin has been defeated. But even so, we cannot afford to welcome a defeated sin’s cheerful presence to the courts of our souls. We must fight this spiritual battle with fervor until all that remains has been hacked.

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” – Romans 8:13


9 responses to “About

  1. Leah Ness

    September 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I have just nominated you for a Liebster Award! If you would like to participate, you can check out my post here: Congratulations and thanks for sharing your great blog with us!

  2. Faithful Stewardship

    January 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I happened upon (not that there is such a thing as happen stance) your post about Repentance, from Joel 2:12 and was blessed by that post. I found the name of your blog peculiar, and was doubly blessed to see from where it was derived. May the Lord bless you in your studies, and for your faithfulness.

  3. Hans Kaufman

    January 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for the encouragement! 🙂

  4. Timothy Murray

    January 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Hi! I see you have already been nominated, but I thought a second time could not hurt! So, I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Please check out for details!

  5. Tim Shey

    January 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I like the title of your blog: Hacking Agag.

    When I think of Agag being hacked to death by Samuel, I also think of obedience: Samuel’s obedience to the Lord and Saul’s disobedience to the Lord.

  6. Steve Winget

    February 5, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Hans, Great blog. I’m a Baptist missionary (ABWE) in Budapest, Hungary. I have reason to believe that we are distant relatives through the Kaufman line (it used to be spelled “Coffman”) from south central Indiana. I believe your great grandfather, Oliver Coffman, was my wife’s great uncle. Let’s get together by email and compare genealogical notes.

    • Hans Kaufman

      February 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Thanks Steve! God bless you in your work! I will have to reach out to my family and discover more about my past.

  7. Steve Winget

    February 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve recently been in contact with a Roland L. Kaufman from Greenfield, IN. He’s my wife’s 2nd cousin. His grandfather, the Oliver James Kaufman, Sr I referenced in my 1st email, gave his name to Roland’s dad, Ollie, Jr.

    Roland told me that his mom, Kitty Kaufman, is still living and that he has a couple of brothers and a sister: Don, Jimmy, & Peggy. How are you related?

    I have several old family pictures that I think you’d be interested in seeing. Do you have an email address to which I could send them?

    BTW, you’re not by any chance, planning to attend T4G in Louisville, KY in Apr are you (or do you get enough of Dr MacArthur without traveling 3 time zones)? This spring, Lord willing, will be my 4th T4G conference. I’m really looking forward to being there. I’m hoping to take a couple of days before the conf to see if I can look up some Coffman & McCowan cousins (whom I’ve never met) who live not too far from Louisville. I’ve wanted to do it the last several years, but the timing just hasn’t worked out.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


    • Hans Kaufman

      February 10, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Wow! That’s wild! Roland is my uncle and Don is my dad. It’s a small world! I just accepted your LinkedIn invitation. My email should be on there. Unfortunately, I’m not able to make T4G this year. I went two years ago and loved it. There is just a lot of “catch-up” work this semester from being sick most of January. We will have to make sure to meet up during the 2016 conference.


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