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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