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September 16, 2023

“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22


This story happened before Sejin was born. When Hyemi and Sebin returned back from their trip to Korea, Sebin brought new toys that her grandparents bought for her. Half of the luggage was toys. One of the new toys that she brought was a very fish tank where you can put in toy fish. You fill the small tank with water. After that, you can turn the switch on. When you press a button, music will come on with bubbles in the little tank, and the toy fish will move around. Sebin loved it. 


Well, Sebin insisted that she put the little aquarium right in front of the television. I am already freaked out because you know what babies can do. I didn’t want the small tank to knock over, spill water, and cause trouble with the television! You just can’t predict what the baby will do! So I would tell her that we’ll move the tank to somewhere safe, but for some reason, Sebin had to put it there.


Thankfully, Sebin never knocked it over and ruin the television, at least for few days. I was ironing my shirt by the television, and Sebin was playing around me. Suddenly Sebin became quiet. When babies get silent, it’s a sign that they are up to something. I looked up. Sebin said proudly, ‘Daddy I am cleaning the TV!” She put her hands in the small tank to wet her hand and she was wiping the television screen! I shouted, “No!!!!!!!!!!!” 


Oh, Sebin had good intentions. She wanted to help daddy. But the method was wrong. I wonder if that’s the mistake Saul had made. He clearly disobeyed God’s instructions. When Saul was to attack Amalek, he was not to spare any life. Yet, when Saul won the battle, he spared the life of the king and the best of the animals. Then he made a sacrifice to the Lord. Making sacrifices seems to be good, after all. Intentions seemed to be good in his own eyes. But he clearly disobeyed God.


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