Oh My! I enjoyed these two books so much. I probably could do a year long series of blog posted on what I thought about, what I read, what I felt...
Let me tell you a few highlights:
samuel was one of the most godly men I have read about in the Bible, he was always honest, and his heart was for the Lord. One thing that stood out was this:
Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
Now, you would think that having lived at the temple with since he was a bitty boy, Samuel would know the Lord, but it was in God's timing that the word /WORD was revealed to him. I sometimes wonder, and know it to be true in my own life, that when we are raised in a Christian home,we seem to take the Lord for granted, but in HIS timing He is revealed to us.. the knowledge travels from the head... to the heart.
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead[b] us, such as all the other nations have.”
~sigh ~ they asked for a king...teh Lord's guidance just wasn't enough for them....
..but that is how we are today... we ask for a king... and I don't mean on a political level, how many folks place a pastor int he pulpit... expecting him to spoon feed them their Bible's with out reading it themselves, the pastor is to solve all the problems, make everything right, we pay him money to do that right? Fix things... he IS the pastor... There are a place for pastors int he body of Christ, but not kings... the pastor is no more important then the old lady in the back pew wiht words of encouragement or a smile for everyone... churches have made these kings... out of laziness mostly I believe, because we are ALL called to labor....read the books of Samuel, the king thing... didn't really work so well for Israel.
David: same David that killed Goliath, same David that played the harp, shepherd, murder, adulter, liar, a bit self centered...........Yet, the Book of Samuel chapter 13 tells us " He was a man after God's own heart",
... If you read about David, silly David, emotional David, loyal David, clumsy David the common thread through his life we see he was willing to do what ever the Lord asked of him. Always....
..in today's churches David would probably not be allowed to teach a Sunday school class, but we see the shining image of God's grace shine through in forgiveness for this King David...who lead , who overcame... but his heart was for the Lord, and that was what God saw.... and that is what He sees in us... our hearts....
Yes, read the Samuels, and concentrate on your reading these things
1. who do we wnat our King to be
2. God sees our heart
3. God forgives sins
4. God reveals himself to us in his time
5.We need to drop the sin of " pride" and look as God does .." to the heart"
My dear "Preacher" who is sitting on the wall with the saints use to say " well, I'm gonna quit", but then there was at least 10 more minutes of sermon to be had....
But I'm really gonna quit....
So have a fine day.... all day long!