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April 15, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 16 (ESV)

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” Samuel did what the Lordcommanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice......Continue Reading

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  1. 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8

  2. So the accounting of David’s anointing where the lesser becomes the greater and God reveals that He looks at the heart and not the outward appearance. But first notice the strategy God gives Samuel as he fears reprisals from Saul if Saul hears about what is going on. Interesting that God does not simply say don’t be afraid or I’ll take care of that but rather He provides a decoy. And it works and in it one of the dearest stories in Scripture. No it is not the strong, or the tall or the beautiful or the gifted or the intelligent that God wants. It is those who have a heart after Him. Those who are willing to believe, be humble, to seek God’s person and His will, to submit. And that is what God sees in David. And He sees it when no one else does and so the most unlikely candidate is anointed king.

    But another interesting and instructive part of this story is that David is anointed king but doesn’t become king for some time afterwards. It shows that often God declares and then He prepares and then He promotes. It shows that the time of preparation is essential to God. He is about process and not just about results. Think about the Son of man being on earth 33 years but only ministers publically for 3. That was on purpose and it says something about God.

    And don’t be troubled by the evil spirit from the Lord. They are under His authority and can be used for His ends, whether they know it or not. Saul has charted a course away from God and he is bearing the implication for it. We are either living for God and being empowered by Him or we are living for the kingdom of darkness and empowered by evil forces. And God allows that to happen and sometimes he fosters it. But all the while making available turning to Him and if the greatness of darkness makes our need for Him more evident, then that is why God would send an evil spirit.

    But it also brings the shepherd boy into the royal house and allows David to be exposed to the kingly court and protocol and he is also able to shine brighter because of his connection to God while Saul shines darker because of his connection to…well not God….

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