Thursday 21 February, 2013

1 Samuel 9:27-10:8

27 As they were on their way down to the edge of town, Samuel spoke to Saul. He said, “Tell the servant to go ahead of us.” So the servant went on ahead. Then Samuel continued, “Stay here awhile. I’ll give you a message from God.” 1 Then Samuel took a bottle of olive oil. He poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him. He said, “The Lord has anointed you to be the leader of his people. 2 When you leave me today, you will meet two men. They will be near Rachel’s tomb at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They’ll say to you, ‘The donkeys you have been looking for have been found. Now your father has stopped thinking about them. Instead, he’s worried about you. He’s asking, “What can I do to find my son?”’ 3 “You will go on from Zelzah until you come to the large tree at Tabor. Three men will meet you there. They’ll be on their way up to Bethel to worship God. One of them will be carrying three young goats. Another will be carrying three loaves of bread. A third will be carrying a bottle of wine. It will be a bottle that is made out of animal skin. 4 The men will greet you. They’ll offer you two loaves of bread. You will accept the loaves from them. 5 “After that, you will go to Gibeah of God. Some Philistine soldiers are stationed there. As you approach the town, you will meet a group of prophets. They’ll be coming down from the high place where they worship. People will be playing lyres, tambourines, flutes and harps at the head of the group. The prophets will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the Lord will come on you with power. Then you will prophesy along with them. You will become a different person. 7 “All of those things will happen. Then do what you want to do. God is with you. 8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. You can be sure that I’ll come down to you there. I’ll come and sacrifice burnt offerings and friendship offerings. But you must wait there for seven days until I come to you. Then I’ll tell you what to do.”

Samuel knows that Saul is the one that God has appointed to be King, but Saul does not! So Samuel sits Saul down, after Saul had stayed the night with him, to “give him a message from God”, in secret.

The first thing Samuel does is anoint Saul with oil, telling him that he has been anointed by God to be the ruler of Israel. I can imagine Saul’s reaction!  ‘But I just came to you looking for my donkeys”! I am sure that he questioned Samuel’s words. But Samuel then goes on to give Saul a list of quite specific events that were going to occur and what he was meant to do in each of the situations.

I think that these events (which came to pass) were there to confirm to Saul that Samuel’s words really were from God – Saul really had been anointed by God to be King over Israel. And even if no one else except for Samuel and Saul were aware of this, it didn’t matter – God had

spoken.

I know there have been times in the past where God has whispered something ‘in secret” to me. And whilst I have been open to the things of God, I may have been unconvinced that things could really come about.  And then I have watched how God has orchestrated events such that it is obvious that what He spoke to me about was cialis for real. I just needed to remain open to what He was doing prednisone medicine and obedient to whatever He called me to do – even if I was a little dubious at the time!

Lord, may I always remain open and obedient to your moving.

Written by Ps. Jen Irving

 

 

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