Gender Roles In The Old Testament

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Though the New Testament is essential to developing one’s Christian faith, the Old Testament is full of godly men and women whose examples Christians should follow, as well as not-so-obedient individuals who serve as warnings of what not to do. Among the most famous of Old Testament characters are Joshua, son of Nun, and Saul, the first king of Israel. Both men were chosen by God to lead His people and succeeded godly leaders, Moses and Samuel, respectively. Yet where one man fell so far from God that his kingdom was taken away from him, the other provided such excellent leadership that Israel followed God his entire life and was able to seize the Promised Land.
Even before Joshua is mentioned as one of the twelve spies sent to scope out Canaan,
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Saul was commanded to obliterate the Amalekites, yet he spared not only the best livestock, but even the king, Agag. Adding further insult to injury, upon being confronted by Samuel, Saul placed the blame on his soldiers rather than owning up to his own disobedience. Even after Samuel informed Saul that he would lose his kingdom, Saul continued to shift blame: “I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them” (15:24). He also sought to redeem himself in the eyes of Israel by asking that Samuel “honor [him] before the elders of [his] people and before Israel” (15:3). After this incident, Saul and Samuel parted ways forever.
Though perhaps not completely confirmable by Scripture, another evidence of God leaving Saul and vice versa is Saul’s being tormented by a demon. “...The One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them” (1 John 5:18) refers, obviously, to Christ protecting the hearts of believers, though does it not make sense that God would protect those who sought after Him prior to Jesus’ life and death? In light of this verse, it seems, sadly, Saul had fallen so far from God’s light that he was open to demonic torment. His later request of a witch to summon Samuel only further supports this
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