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LOOKING FOR A LEADER
I Samuel 16:1-13
The anointing of David as King of Israel is an exciting
episode in Holy Writ. In choosing this unknown, unlikely lad
and providing the power of His spirit in David, God gives us
a flesh and blood example of what He meant in saying: "Not
by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith the Lord God
of hosts." (Zechariah 4:6)
AN UNNECESSARY OPPORTUNITY
The sad irony in this episode is that the search for a
new king should not have been necessary. Had Saul been
faithful in fulfilling his responsibility, both he and his
country would have been powerful and prosperous for years to
come. In I Samuel 13:13-14 Saul's fate is declared by Samuel:
"You have acted foolishly, you have not kept the Commandments
of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, for the Lord
would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But
now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out
for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has
appointed him ruler over His people because you have not kept
what the Lord commanded you."
Like so many in every organization in all of life, whether
business, church, or family, Saul eliminated himself. This
is a constant threat for each of us. Saul of Tarsus, later
to be called "the Apostle Paul," was named for king Saul.
Paul wrote in I Corinthians 9:27:
But I buffet my body and make it my slave,
lest possibly, after I have preached to others,
I myself should be disqualified."
He may have been thinking of the tall, handsome, intelligent
king, for whom he was named, who died in dishonor because he
Would you take note of this: King Saul's disqualification
had nothing to do with how much he knew about being king.
His problem was in his character, not his professional
I've been studying reports concerning this matter. As you
know, reports filed by experts are often hard to understand.
There was a governmen ...
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