Sauls Prophetic Parody

And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 1 Samuel 10:11 KJV

A parody is described as a ” a humorous or mocking imitation of something, using the same form as the original. To parody a poem, you have to write another poem. A parody is a form of humor that spoofs — or satirizes — something using the same form”. The intention of a parody is to expose the fake. In today’s passage, Saul’s prophecy was a confirmation of Samuel’s word. Later, when Saul prophesied again and triggered the same observation, it was a total parody of the prophetic(1 Samuel 16:22–23). The first confirmed his anointing as King, the second exposed his sins. He prophesied throughout a whole day as confession of his sins. Mathew Henry calls our attention to something more than just the gift of prophecy. “Many have great gifts and yet no grace, prophesy in Christ’s name and yet are disowned by him.” A scholar adds, ”Saul prophesied, though his heart was set against the Lord. It is possible to do great things for the church and yet be unconverted. We must trust in Christ for salvation, not in what we do in His name”. While the prophetic is a great gift, it must be exercised in alignment with God’s character on the vessels. Saul prophesied but died miserably with this prophetic gift. Don’t be the next.

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