Often, when it comes to God’s commandments, man will use “What If’s” in order to circumvent the will of the Lord. How often you will hear, “What If” a person was on the way to be baptized and they died, in order to circumvent baptism. Others use “What If” there were no men to worship with, in order to circumvent God’s prohibition for women to teach or take on any leadership role.
God verily gives us such an illustration in 1 Samuel 13. King Saul was all prepared for battle chose him three thousand men of Israel. Jonathan had smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. The Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, 30 thousand chariots, and 6 thousand horsemen, and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven. Knowing they were in major trouble, Israel’s soldiers hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in high places, and in pits. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. He waited 7 days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
In desperation Saul offered the burnt offering. Suddenly, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came, and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him. Samuel said, What have you done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you came not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore I said, Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
Samuel said to Saul, YOU HAVE DONE FOOLISHLY: YOU HAVE NOT KEPT THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD YOUR GOD. Now would the Lord have established your kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now your kingdom shall not continue: the Lord has sought him a man after his own heart, (David – Acts 13:22) and the Lord has commanded him to be captain over his people, because you have not kept that which the Lord commanded you.
Our circumstances do not alter the commandments of God. Only Samuel was allowed to make that sacrifice. Saul had a good excuse, but it profited him nothing. He lost his kingdom for his assumption. Some today think they can alter God commandments by making up unique circumstances. Even if one died on the way to being baptized, this does not negate Jesus’ commandment to believe and be baptized. Mk 16:16 Even if there were no women present at the assembly, this doesn’t negate God prohibition for women to remain silent in the churches. 1 Cor 14:33-40 As King Saul learned, we can’t please God by breaking one commandment in order to keep another. Saul learned this the hard way. Will you?