Thursday, July 03, 2014

Crash project

This year, Hari Raya Puasa starts at 29 June and ends around the last week of July, when the Muslims will celebrate their New Year. During the Hari Raya Puasa, we usually have a low occupancy rate. I thought I am going to have a "peaceful" time in Front Office or Taipan Coffee House, I have been assigned to Housekeeping dept to do crash project, i.e. block out a floor and clean the rooms thoroughly. I never expect the task is so tedious. The toilet bowl has to be thoroughly cleaned, the shower glass has to be clearly look-through, all things have to be wiped. I have started on 30 June (Monday) and till today, the 4th day, I am totally exhausted. My twin bro takes care of the toilet, while I try my best to wipe the wallpapers, then clean the mirrors and windows. Going to do this for a month... I am... should be WE ARE DEAD MEAT. Yesterday, I saw colleagues from other depts joined in this crash project too. Hehe... how harmonious this work. Colleagues from maintenance dept are also fixing things too, such as cleaning the air-con filter, fixing the door bell, etc. Just that after they fixed the room, we need to redo the room. So... while the crashed rooms are fixed, we are crashed. Haha...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Updates from 2012 till now

Here are some updates from my last post in 2012: * 2008 - 2013 : Working as software engineer in Yokogawa Electric International S/B. My first job and I really like the working environment and the colleagues there. :) * 2014 : After spending total of 11 years in Singapore, I am now back in North Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah). Currently I am working as a trainee in Tang Dynasty Hotel, Wawasan Plaza, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Also, sometime I help out in my parents' hardware shop in Kuala Belait, Brunei. I realize that I have been going around this half year. * Jan 01 - Feb 16 : Helping in my parents' hardware shop in Brunei. * Feb 17 - Mar 26 : Working as a trainee in Tang Dynasty Hotel, Sabah in Front Office dept - checking in and out guests and I realize how limited my patience is. This is also the time when I am alone. * Mar 27 - Apr 03 : Going to Singapore to settle some personal matters. How I miss the brothers and sisters there too. This is holiday in Singapore. Hehe... * Apr 04 - May 04 : Back in Sabah, but this time not alone anymore... my twin brother came with me. He replaced me as a trainee in Front Office dept while I join the Food & Beverage dept. * May 05 - May 12 : We returned to Brunei, our parents' hardware shop. * May 13 - Jun 04 : Back in Sabah again and continue with our current role. * Jun 05 - Jun 13 : Took a break in Singapore, and join the Geylang Family Camp. * Jun 14 - Now : Back in Sabah, continue with our current role... but... remember how I should be as a slave of Christ. I thank God for all the grace that He has showered upon me. The very early grace He has granted me is the early discover of my hypothyroidism by the doctors, I was two months old. I don't remember how I take medicine while I was a baby, but I know I have been eating medicine since young. I only notice that the "milk" I drank is different from my twin brother and another cousin. Mine is brown and theirs is white. I found out mine was actually MILO after I grew up. One interesting note is that this medicine (thyroxine) keeps me attentive or energetic. Without the medicine, I will look tired or sleepy. May be my parents heard from the doctor wrongly, they gave me the medicine at night. I was attentive at night, can't sleep, but in school (kindergarten), I am sleepy. Eventually, my parents realized my problem and asked the doctor again. They then corrected the time for me to take the medicine, and so until now. How wonderful God's grace is. I can't imagine how I can even survive without the medicine. I grew up with my grandparents in Gadong, Brunei. Then in 1991, my family went to another town of Brunei, Kuala Belait, the place where I spent my 9 years there, before flying to Singapore in 2000 to study. I was exposed to the Gospel in Kuala Belait and get to know about Jesus Christ there. For more info, you can read my previous testimony. Finally God led me away from my comfort zone to study at a strange place. He did it amazingly and my parents saved tons of money. Although both my twin bro and I were in Singapore, they were only paying for my school fees. Marvelous grace. God also led us to FCF. There I am given a lot of opportunity to learn and serve my Lord. 2 years in Singapore for GCE O'Level, then 2 years in Brunei for GCE A'Level, then 4 years in Singapore for Bachelor degree, then 5 years in Singapore for working in Yokogawa Electric International, finally back in North Borneo. As I looked back on my life, I saw how He has led me through all these years... and how I have sinned against Him so much. I rather protect my own face than to share the Gospel with my friends. A present thing to give thanks to my Lord, I am given a lot of opportunity in Petros City Church (PCC) to learn and serve too. Currently I am attending a small group, named Emmanuel, with some brothers and sisters. Recently our church is going around the neighbourhood to introduce our church, and hopefully we have the opportunity to share the Gospel with them soon. How wonderful God's grace. All glory to the Lord. I am so glad to see brothers and sisters here earnestly going out to give tracts to the neighbourhood. Your fellow slaves of Christ, Tung Leh

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A drop of God's grace in my life

It has been a long while since my last post. However, I do return to edit one of my pages - "2012 Geylang Centre Recordings". The Lord Jesus Christ has been very gracious to me - granting me the saving faith to see my own sins, repent and believe in Him, the Only True Way. How amazing is this love that God has shown to me. He saved you and me while we were still sinners. It is by God's grace that God would save me, the chief of sinners. Remembering how I mistreated my brothers, how I competed with my classmates in school but to no avail, how lazy I am, how miserable my life was, then realizing what the Lord has done for me, my life is totally change. My goal of life is no longer achiving what's on earth, but live every day for my Lord, my God. I do not seek praises from my boss, from my parents nor anyone but only the Lord's praise "My good and faithful slave" when I meet Him. O God, Your wonderful grace showed me that I can never repay you because You are complete Yourselves. Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not take God for granted.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

神的慈绳爱索

我在文莱的一个宁静市镇马来奕(Kuala Belait)长大。它就位于文莱和马来西亚的边境,只要穿过两道桥,我们就能到达位于东马沙捞越的美里城(Miri City)。由于马来奕镇里没有什么好去处,所以每逢周末,许多人一早就会开车到东马的美里去购物,到处逛逛。之后在移民关卡门之前,再赶回马来奕镇。这就是我们马来奕镇人的生活。

我家里有六个人,爸爸妈妈和我们四个兄弟姐妹。妈妈是第一个接受主耶稣为她个人救主的。虽然爸爸还未信主,但他没有反对妈妈带着我和弟妹们去教会。我自七岁就开始参加主日学,到了大概十二岁的时候,我的主日学老师带我进入一个房间,详细地把福音讲给我听。她问我是否愿意接受主耶稣为我个人的救主。当时,我不知道其中的意义,所以没有答应她。一年后,她又带我到同样的房间,再次跟我传讲救恩信息。这次我明白了,也真的知道自己是一个需要救主的罪人,所以我认真地与老师一起祷告,求耶稣进入我的生命中来赦免我一切的罪。虽然我十三岁就在人前称自己是基督徒,但我并不认真地看待我的信仰,继续和其他同龄的孩子一样的过着以自我为中心的生活,在家里还常欺负两个弟弟(当时妹妹还没出世)。

我虽然不喜欢上学,但还是听爸爸妈妈的话天天到学校去,只是一踏进学校,我就不想回家。我发现生活很单调,也不知道我存在的意义是什么。我曾经这样的发怨言:「我为什么必须天天回到这个同样的家?」另一件困扰我的事情是我的身体状况。我自出生以来,就被诊断出患有先天性甲状腺功能不足症(congenital hypothyroidism),所以我终生都得天天吃药。此外,我也必须定期去看医生,并作抽血检查。我羡慕两个弟弟能免受这些烦恼琐事,在我的心中又时常充满愤恨和妒嫉,所以就开始欺负他们,特别是我的孪生弟弟敦义,因为他的学业成绩比我的好。

一九九九年敦义获颁奖学金,能到新加坡名列前三十名的中学之一就读。不久后,爸爸为了让我来陪敦义,也把我送到新加坡来读书。但我只能进入一间离敦义学校不远的邻里学校,因为不能通过智商测试,所以不能和敦义在一样的学校就读。当时我非常自卑,觉得比不上他。

来到新加坡念书是我们懂事以来第一次离开家园和亲人。对我们来说,这确实不容易,因为我们非常想家和家人。虽然我们有彼此为伴,同住在碧山的寄宿学校里,但仍感到孤单,甚至有一种被家人遗弃的感觉。我很怀念那里自己的房间,想念婆婆所煮的饭,想念爸爸妈妈,弟弟和妹妹。以前我都把这些当作理所当然。当时我真的想收回我说过的话:「我为什么必须天天回到这个同样的家?」每次想家的时候,总是不断地流泪。与家人分离确实是让我伤心难熬。

在新加坡这里是由福利老师带领我们到芽笼的基督渔人团契聚会。每个星期天早上,我们得搭地铁,从碧山到政府大厦转换站,再转搭地铁到附近的阿裕尼站。渐渐地,我们厌烦了这样的路程,再加上我们失去了追求的心,惰性便开始作祟。若在星期天早上与朋友安排了活动,我们就不去教会敬拜神。最后,我们甚至停止了聚会,且竟长达半年之久!

我们的主日学老师是Anson老师(他已经回天家了),那时他每个星期六晚上都打电话提醒我们要去聚会,他还问我们有没有什么祷告事项需要他代祷。他坚持不懈每个星期六都这么做,让我们觉得很厌烦。于是,我们就找了一个朋友代接电话,骗老师说我们已经出门了!

在我们停止聚会的这半年里,星期天早上我们不是睡到很迟,就是在浪费时间。当时,我虽然很活跃地和朋友参加各种活动,但却有愧疚感,也仍觉得孤独;缺少了自律,也没有读书的动力。现在回想起来,那段日子真是我生命的低潮期,是我所遭遇过最糟糕的日子。想到再过六个月的时间就是“O”水准会考,就感到非常地焦虑。想到会考近在眉睫,我的心脏就跳得很快,我非常恐惧英语考试不及格,因那是我最弱的科目!

大家都说双胞胎有心灵感应,我虽然不知道,但敦义在那个时候也和我有着同样的烦恼和恐惧。不知怎的,我们两个同时都觉得不要再让朋友帮我们去欺骗主日学老师,于是我们决定自己接听老师的电话。经过这长久的时间,我们终于又在电话里听到老师的声音。我们坦白地告诉他,我们不想去教会,也要求他不要再打电话给我们,因为那些电话在我们心里造成了愧疚,加上我们在过去六个月一直都在撒谎骗他!

感谢神,祂满有怜悯,并没有放弃我们,因为祂的爱不放松我们!主日学老师继续通过电话,用神的话来鼓励我,让我意识到我不应该停止聚会。我自称是基督徒,却这个样子,成为弟弟敦义的绊脚石,因他当时还没有信主。我知道了神是我们的力量,我们应该寻求神的能力来克服自己的恐惧和懒惰。

我们终于听了老师的话,决定第二天就回到教会。当晚我们祷告祈求神的原谅。从那时起,我就不再觉得愧疚,反而是满有喜乐,好像从监狱中获得释放一样。我们星期天早上便回去教会,老师也用神的话语继续勉励我们。

不久后,弟弟的心被神感动,并接受主耶稣基督为他个人的救主。从那时起,我们一起学习祷告,把考试的需要交托给神。感谢神,虽然考试一步步的逼近,我已不再心跳加速,心脏无力。当我回想过去,我看到神在我生命中的带领――与其把我放在我理想中成绩名列前茅的学校,倒不如按我的能力把我安排在一间邻里学校就读,以免我压力太重。祂比我更清楚我的能力,因为祂是万物的主宰!我回顾我的一生,看到一切都在神的计划当中:祂引领我和敦义来到新加坡,离开马来奕镇,离开家人,好让我们的灵命有长进,学习在困境中依靠神。之前我把一切当作理所当然,但如今我非常珍惜每一次回马来奕镇度假与家人相聚的日子。

这些年来,神已改变了我的心。我愿意让神在我心中居首位,不再是单单脑海里头的知识。我生活的许多方面也已经改变,特别是对家人的态度。我不再怨恨弟弟们,也不再嫉妒成绩比我好的敦义,因这一切都要过去,而只有主耶稣基督在我的生命里才是最重要的。正如使徒保罗在腓立比书一章二十一节说:「因我活着就是基督,我死了就有益处。」感谢神,让我经历了这一切,引我归正路。每当我不想参加主日敬拜的时候,我感谢神借着圣灵在我心中警戒我。我祷告求主继续让我能顺服主的引导,帮助我一生都按照祂的旨意来行。
This is a chinese version of my previous post.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

His love will not let me go

This is my personal testimony. I would like to thank the FCF Fishers editorial board help me to edit it.

I grew up in a quiet town called Kuala Belait (KB) in Brunei, situated near the Brunei-Malaysia border. By just crossing two bridges we can easily reach the town of Miri in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Since KB is a quiet town without any major attractions, on weekends many people will drive across the border to Miri in the morning to shop and to visit places of interest and then rush back to KB just before the immigration stations close. That’s basically what life is like in our sleepy town of KB!

In my family of six, my mother was the first to receive Jesus as her personal Saviour. Though my dad is still outside the kingdom of God, he did not object to my mother bringing me, my twin brother Tung Ngie, our younger brother and sister, Tung Lieng and Tung Ci to church. I attended Sunday school since I was 7 years old and when I was about 12 years old, one day my Sunday school teacher took me into a room and explained the gospel to me in detail. She asked me if I wanted to receive Jesus as my Saviour as I was not sure what becoming a Christian entailed so I did not give her a positive answer. One year later, she again took me into the same room and spoke to me about my salvation this time I really felt that I was a sinner in need of a Saviour so I prayed with her earnestly to ask Jesus to come into my life and to forgive me of all my sins. Though I claimed to be a Christian when I was 13 years old but I was not very serious about my faith and continued to live a self-centred life as any naughty boy did and even bullied my brothers at home.

Though I disliked going to school, I attended it regularly in obedience to my parents and once I stepped into school, I had no desire to go home. I found life very monotonous and I did not know the true meaning of my existence. I remembered saying this about my home, “Why must I come back to this same old home each day?” Another thing that bothered me a lot was my medical condition. I was diagnosed to have congenital hypothyroidism (deficiency of the hormone thyroxine) since I was born and I have to take medication every morning for life. On top of that I also have to go for blood tests and visit the doctors regularly. I envied my brothers who were spared all these agonies. As a result, I resorted to bullying them out of hatred, frustration and jealousy, especially towards my twin brother Tung Ngie who did much better than I academically.

In 1999, Tung Ngie received a scholarship to study in one of the ‘top 30’ secondary schools in Singapore. And not long after that, my father sent me to Singapore to study with the intention that I might keep Tung Ngie company. I was only able to gain entry into a neighbourhood school near Tung Ngie’s school because I failed the IQ test which was required for admission into his school. I felt very inferior compared to him.

Coming to Singapore to study was our first experience of leaving home and family as teenagers. It was a difficult time for us as we felt homesick and really missed our loved ones. Although we had each other, staying in the same boarding school in Bishan, we were lonely and even felt abandoned by our family. I missed my own room, my grandma’s delicious cooking, my parents, and younger brother and sister; all these I had taken for granted when I was in KB. At that time I really wanted to take back my words “Why must I come back to the same old home each day?” Tears just rolled down my cheeks each time I remembered my home. It was indeed a sad and difficult time for me being away from my family.

While in Singapore, we attended the ‘Fisherman of Christ’ Fellowship at Geylang. Each Sunday morning we had to take a train from Bishan to City Hall interchange and then change to another train to Aljunied station near the church. Soon we felt that the journey was too tiresome for us and without motivation, our laziness overtook us and we began to skip Sunday worship whenever we could arrange activities with our friends on Sunday mornings. Eventually we stopped going to church altogether for more than half a year!

Our Sunday school teacher would call us on Saturday evenings to remind us to go to church on Sunday and even ask for our prayer needs. He persistently did that each Saturday to our annoyance, so we asked our friends to take the calls on our behalf and to lie to him that we were out!

During that half year we skipped church, we would sleep in late on Sunday mornings and basically just waste away our time. At that time, I did have a sense of remorse and loneliness, even though I was busy participating in activities with my friends. I felt a lack of self-control and did not have the motivation to study. On hindsight, that period was a low point of my life and the worst experience I ever had. My anxiety was heightened when I thought of the approaching of GCE O-Level examination which was just less than 6 months away. The very thought caused my heart to pound very fast, and I felt weak with fear worrying that I might fail English Language which was my weakest subject!

It had been said that twins think alike. Without me knowing, Tung Ngie shared the same thoughts and fears that were bothering me at that time. Somehow, we both felt the need to stop asking our friends to help us to lie to our Sunday school teacher, so we resolved to answer his calls ourselves. Yes, after a long half year, we finally heard his voice over the phone. We bravely told him that we didn't want to go to church anymore and asked him to stop calling us. The truth was that his calls had created in us a guilty conscience and a sense of remorse that we had actually lied to him throughout the six months!

I thank God that in His mercy, He had not given up on us because His love will not let us go. He equipped our teacher with His word and through his encouraging words over the phone, I realised how wrong I was to have skipped church though I called myself a Christian and by so doing I had become a stumbling-block to Tung Ngie who was not a believer yet. I should have known that "God is our strength" and should have realised that I could have sought God’s strength to overcome my fear and laziness.

Responding finally to one of our teacher’s many phone calls, Tung Ngie and I decided to go back to church the very next day. We prayed and asked God for forgiveness that Saturday night. From then on, I no longer felt guilty and remorseful, but was filled with joy as if I had been set free from jail. We went to church that Sunday morning and our teacher gave us more encouragement from God’s Word.

Shortly after we went back to church my brother’s heart was opened by the Lord and he too received Christ as his Savior. From then on we learnt to put our trust in God. I thank Him that I no longer felt my heart pounding fast and weak because of the approaching GCE O-Level examinations for I had entrusted all things to God. As I reflected on the past, I realised how the Almighty had in His wisdom, placed me in a neighbourhood school instead of one of the “top 30” schools which I had coveted. He knew my limitations and prevented me from being stressed out. He knew my capability more than I do myself for He is the Lord of all! When I reflected upon my life, I soon realized that all things are in God's plan – He led Tung Ngie and I to Singapore to study, leaving our family and casual life in KB behind so that we may grow spiritually and learn to lean on Him in times of need. I realized that I had taken all things for granted, but now I treasure every trip I take when I go back to KB for holidays.

God has changed my heart throughout the years and I am convicted that I must let God sit on the throne of my heart and not in my head only. Many areas of my life have been changed, especially my attitude towards my family members. I do not bear grudges toward my brothers anymore, and I no longer envy Tung Ngie because of his better academic performance than mine. For all these will come to naught and only the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ matters to me now. As Paul the apostle says in Philippines 1:21, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." I really thank God for my life’s experiences and that He brought me back on the right path. I thank God that whenever I am tempted to skip Sunday worship service the Holy Spirit would convict me of my sin and I pray that I will continue to be sensitive to His tender guidance to do His will all my life.

Tang Tung Leh is a member of the ‘Fisherman of Christ’ Fellowship. He was baptised with his twin brother Tung Ngie on 24 May 2009.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Realize how sinful King Saul is

This is imported from my MSN Live Space.

King Saul was the first king of Israel, anointed by God's prophet Samuel. Before he was anointed as king, he was a humble man. Saul answered, "But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? 1 Samuel 9:21. Once he became the king, he led the Israelites to their victory over their enemy, the Philistines. However, it is the Lord who has given their enemy into their hands. Not too long, King Saul has defied God's command by doing his own sacrificing instead of waiting for Samuel to come.

1 Samuel 13:2-14 records this event:
Saul chose three thousand men from Israel; two thousand were with him at Micmash and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent back to their homes. Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost at Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul had the trumpet blown throughout the land and said, "Let the Hebrews hear!" So all Israel heard the news: "Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel has become a stench to the Philistines." And the people were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal.

The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Micmash, east of Beth Aven. When the men of Israel saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns. Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.

Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul's men began to scatter. So he said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings." And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

"What have you done?" asked Samuel. Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, I thought, 'Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD's favor.' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering."

"You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."

Although Samuel was late in this incident, King Saul should still wait for Samuel. He didn't trust the Almighty God enough. This is not the only time King Saul has sinned against the Lord. King Saul sinned against the Lord's command directly.

1 Samuel 15:1-23 records this event:

Samuel said to Saul, "I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD. This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.' "

So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men from Judah. Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. Then he said to the Kenites, "Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.

Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.

Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: "I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.

Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, "Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal."

When Samuel reached him, Saul said, "The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD's instructions."

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

Saul answered, "The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest."

"Stop!" Samuel said to Saul. "Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night." "Tell me," Saul replied.

Samuel said, "Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, 'Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.' Why did you not obey the LORD ? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD ?"

"But I did obey the LORD," Saul said. "I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal."

But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."

King Saul had violated God's command in this case and he still thought he has fulfilled the orders, but he actually accomplished only half of what he ought to. After Samuel rebuked him again, he then shifted the blame to his soldiers. Come on, he was the leader of the soldiers. If he said no, his soldiers will not take any of the plunders.

Next, let us see what King Saul had done when he was chasing after the life of David, the one God has planned to replace him as king. The Lord's spirit have left King Saul and evil spirit came to him, that tortured him day and night.

Let me give you some intro, David was serving under the service of King Saul. However, King Saul was jealous of David's victory in battle. Because of that, he wanted to kill David. So David ran away from King Saul. He reached Nob and ask the priest Ahimelech for food and weapon.

1 Samuel 21:1-9 records this event.

David went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he met him, and asked, "Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?" David answered Ahimelech the priest, "The king charged me with a certain matter and said to me, 'No one is to know anything about your mission and your instructions.' As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find."

But the priest answered David, "I don't have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women." David replied, "Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men's things are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!" So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the LORD and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

Now one of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the LORD; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul's head shepherd. David asked Ahimelech, "Don't you have a spear or a sword here? I haven't brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king's business was urgent." The priest replied, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one." David said, "There is none like it; give it to me."

After David has left Nob, King Saul captured Ahimelech and his father's family. Guess what he did. He commanded his soldiers to kill the priest of the Lord.

1 Samuel 22:6-19 records this terrible event.

Now Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. And Saul, spear in hand, was seated under the tamarisk tree on the hill at Gibeah, with all his officials standing around him. Saul said to them, "Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds? Is that why you have all conspired against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is concerned about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today."

But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul's officials, said, "I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelech son of Ahitub at Nob. Ahimelech inquired of the LORD for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine."

Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub and his father's whole family, who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king. Saul said, "Listen now, son of Ahitub." "Yes, my lord," he answered. Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?"

Ahimelech answered the king, "Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king's son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household? Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father's family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair."

But the king said, "You will surely die, Ahimelech, you and your father's whole family." Then the king ordered the guards at his side: "Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me." But the king's officials were not willing to raise a hand to strike the priests of the LORD. The king then ordered Doeg, "You turn and strike down the priests." So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod. He also put to the sword Nob, the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.

Compare this incident with the previous one that King Saul had defied Lord's command. King Saul "put to the sword Nob, the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep." This is absolutely cruel. He did what the Lord asked him to do, "totally destroy everything that belongs to them" on an Israelite town, Nob. More to it, it is a town of priest! It is one of the land that the Lord has given to the priests. Where is Lord in King Saul's eyes? He even gave orders to kill the priest of Lord. He killed him just because he thought Ahimelech had helped David, who he hated, to escape. How sinful King Saul is. He rather destroy everything that belongs to his own people than to destroy everything that belongs to his enemy, the Amalekites.

Let us not learn from King Saul on what he has done to his own people and eventually sinned against the Almighty God. If you continue to read, you will see that God's wrath is on him. Let us remind ourselves that we shall not go in the same step as King Saul, who had been complacent after he became the king and won his first battle. He saw himself, being a king, greater than God. He didn't remember that it is the Lord who has chosen him.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Back to normal

Finally blogspot is backed to normal on my laptop... (in case some people may not face the same problem as me), so now I have two places where I can blog, Blogspot or MSN Space. Hehe... anyway, I am those seldom-blog type of person, so I will blog whichever I want to then. Haha... if I post on my MSN Space, then my blogroll here will be able to signal there's new update over there. Haha... so no problem I guess, hehe... that's all...