Archive for March 10th, 2015

1 Samuel 16

1 Samuel 16 has God changing horses when it comes to the king of His people.  Saul has lost that right, and God tells Samuel to make a change.  Samuel is fearful for his life.  But God tells him “I have provided for myself a king among his sons”. So Samuel is told to get over his fear and head to Bethlehem to offer a sacrifice and anoint the new king.  Samuel is tentative but God says “I will show you what you shall do”.  So Samuel obediently takes off to do what God tells him.

He arrives and asks Jesse to come to the sacrificial ceremony.  God tells him to take a look at who the new king will be, a son of Jesse.  But God also reminds him that “the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”.  God is not worried about what we might look like on the outside.  He cares for how we are on the inside.  One by one Jesse’s sons come before Samuel but he tells Jesse “The Lord has not chosen these”.

It appears that Jesse has run out of sons, but when Samuel asks if there are more, Jesse says one more young son out with the sheep.  So Samuel asks him to bring him in and God says David is the one. The Lord tells Samuel to “Arise, anoint him, for this is he”.  God has picked out the next king.  And when that happens and Samuel anointed him in the midst of his brothers, “the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward”.  God is making a change in who will be king.

But not only did God anoint David with His Spirit, “the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him”.  It seemed that music would calm Saul down, so he asks his guys to find someone who could help him.  They know of David who is skilled with the lyre, and Saul requests that he come.  “David came to Saul and entered his service….Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer”.  This is quite an irony as the man God has anointed to replace Saul is now caring for him as he battles evil spirits.

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