April 06, 2012

97 - Whose hearts God had touched

Samuel Blesses Saul
Gustave Dore
Chareen's Thoughts
  • Samuel continued to cry out to God as the Philistines approached and he offered a sacrifice to the Lord on Israels behalf.  The Lord then drove the Philistines out. For as long as Samuel lived there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
  • Samuel judged Israel.
  • Abdon was the 14th judge of Israel and he judged for 8 years.
  • Two of Samuel's sons were corrupt they turned towards dishonest gain, took bribes and perverted justice.
  • Israel approached Samuel and asked him for a king.  The Lord comforted Samuel and said they can have a king. Israel wanted to be like everyone else who had a king.
  • Samuel warned them what would happen if they had a king. Israel still wanted a king.
  • Now Saul had been sent to find his fathers missing donkeys and could not find them.  So his servant said lets go see the man of God and ask him where they are. 
  • The Lord told Samuel he would bring a man before him to rule the people.  When Saul approached Samuel the Lord told him this is the man to rule over Israel.
  • They had a banquet and then Samuel anointed Saul to be king of Israel. God gave Saul and the people a sign that Saul was his chosen instrument.  He took control of Saul and let him prophesy.
  • Then Samuel announced to Israel that Saul was to be their king.
  • Samuel wrote out the rights of kingship.
  • Saul went home with those the Lord had anointed to be with him.

Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of valiant men whose hearts God had touched. 1 Samuel 10:26 (Amplified Bible)
A really interesting verse.  God had touched the hearts of valiant men and they went with Saul.  When I read these words I thought of how we are among the body and supported in our walk as Christians.  This is the Lords way He knows it is difficult for us to walk on our own.
Think of the valiant people supporting you whom God has touched.  Let's give Him thanks for those He has placed around us to support and encourage us

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