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No Offense   2 comments

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By Lori Rodeheaver

David has just won the great victory over Goliath.  Now, what?

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. 53 And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. 54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. ~1 Samuel 17:50-54

Before this victory, God’s people had spent a long time timidly on the defense.  They had been fearful, frozen, and impotent to stand up to the enemy and defend themselves and God’s glory.  They couldn’t even begin to think about acting offensively or pursuing their enemies.  They had little defense and no offense.  

One battle, one man, one victory was all it took to embolden the entire army of God.  Now, they were fearless.  An army who had been stuck standing still, frozen in fear, could now chase their worst enemy!  The enemies were now trying to run away from them!  They confiscated all the worldly advantages their enemies had over them previously.  The tables were turned and they no longer stood timidly on the defense, but courageously and confidently on the offense.  All this, with their champion holding the head of BDMOC – big dead man on campus.

But wait…weren’t the Philistines supposed to surrender and be Israel’s servants now that Goliath was dead?  Remember the deal?

  If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” ~1 Samuel 17:9

But…they fled instead (1 Samuel 17:51).  There’s no honor among thieves.  That’s why you never make deals with the devil.

Finally, after the victory, after the plundering, after the fact, old King Reject begins to inquire about the lowly shepherd who did what he, and everyone in his army, couldn’t do.

 As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?” And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.” 56 And the king said, “Inquire whose son the boy is.” 57 And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.” ~1 Samuel 17:55-58

Saul asks who David is.

Um…isn’t this the same guy who’s been playing the music for you and your troublesome spirits, Saul?  Isn’t this the one you yourself sent for?  Didn’t David’s own father, Jesse, send you bread, wine, and even a goat as gifts with this very man?  You know who David is!  Yet, when you meet him face to face after his victory, you pretend not to.  You ask him who he is.  And, graciously, he tells you what you darn well already know.

Perhaps it’s because you don’t want him to be known.  Maybe you don’t want to know him.  Could you be jealous?  Fearful of his ambition?  Insecure about your rejected kingly position?  Once again, Saul, pride stands in the way of your victory.  Get ready to fall.

Saul represents those who act as lord and king over a people whom God never intended them to rule – including, especially self.  Worldly, earthly kings, that is, who deny the true identity of this world’s One True King – Jesus.  These are the jealous ones.  The insecure ones.  The prideful ones, who, though they know Him, deny Christ’s ultimate authority over themselves and others.

Jesus is the one man whose one victory emboldens God’s people.  Likewise, when we, as Christian soldiers, obtain victory through him, we cease to be impotent cowards standing timidly on the defense.  Instead, we begin to pursue our enemies valiantly.

Don’t be a reject.  Be offensive.  Confess the True King today.

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Posted January 3, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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When Ministry Comes to an End   2 comments

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By Lori Rodeheaver

Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35 And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel. ~1 Samuel 15:34-35

Here, we find that the prophet Samuel is finished dealing with Saul – at least on a human level.  They part ways and never again does Samuel go to advise or restore  him to the truth.  Never.  Why?

It seems kind of harsh, doesn’t it?  I mean, clearly, from the wise old prophet’s standpoint, Saul was still in desperate need of his help.  But Samuel offered no more help.  He offered no more advise.  He gave no more instructions to this man – ever.  Yet, he still grieved over Saul.  He still mourned over Saul’s condition.  Doubtless, Samuel still longed for reconciliation and salvation to come to Saul and continued to pray for him.

The reason we find no more interaction between the prophet and Saul is not because Samuel is angry over Saul’s rebellion and stupidity.  It’s not because he is grudge-holding or sinner-snubbing.  It’s because Saul himself had made it overwhelmingly clear that he neither valued nor heeded any of Samuel’s wise advice previously.

Mercy upon mercy had been given to Saul by Samuel.  Directive upon directive had been carefully laid out like a young child’s schoolteacher would offer them – precept upon precept.  Kindness upon kindness.  Prayer upon prayer.  Instruction upon instruction.  But Saul wholly rejected all of it.  He treated every grace given to him as garbage.  None of it mattered to Saul’s proud and selfish heart.  He did his own thing his own way every single day of his life – with or without Samuel’s lectures sounding in his ears.  That wasn’t about to change now. So really, who rejected who?

How does this account square with Christ’s example of reaching out to those in need of spiritual help?  His example to be a friend of sinners?  Especially self-righteous, religious sinners who think they’ve no spiritual lack to need help with?

The truth is that we must always reach out to people in love, as the Lord gives opportunity.  However, the continuation of our extension of God’s wisdom and mercy toward them is really dependent upon their reception of it.  Either they will repeatedly receive the wise counsel of His Word and grow, or they will repeatedly reject it and grow cold.  Clearly, though, there does come a point when we must shake the dust and move on from those who repeatedly reject the truth and insist upon doing their own thing their own way every day.  As much as it grieves us to depart from those hardened in their sinful state (and it should grieve us), there are times when we must ask ourselves whether we are best using the time God gave us on this earth.  Honestly, how many times can we have the same conversation with someone before we begin to infringe upon their human dignity and right to make their own bad decisions in life?

Just because we part ways with an unrepentant friend, it doesn’t mean we have stopped loving them.  It doesn’t mean we don’t mourn over them.  It just means that we’ve accepted their repeated rejection of truth.  It means we respect them enough as a person to stop preaching a gospel they damn themselves by trampling.

As Matthew Henry said, “We must mourn for the rejection of sinners, though we withdraw from them and dare not converse familiarly with them, and, though they do not mourn for themselves.”

Samuel wasn’t harsh.  He was broken.  He knew nothing he could do or say would change the hardened mind of this unbeliever.  He knew because he had already done and said everything he possibly could have that should have produced change.  He chalked this one up to the sovereignty of God and left it at that.

Sometimes its wise to preach the gospel.  Sometimes it’s just as wise not to.

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A couple of comments of mine:

This is excellent. We aren’t here to beat a dead horse.

Back in 1990, I gave a testimony to the Assembly of God in Ames, Iowa. This was the SECOND time that I gave this testimony in six months. I said something like, “I would like to thank the Lord for casting hundreds of demons out of my body.” That testimony was rejected by Pastor Gary Pilcher and probably half the congregation. Immediately, the Lord told me to take off my shoes and shake the dust from my shoes in the sight of that congregation. I didn’t do it because I felt sorry for Pastor Pilcher.

Later, as I walked out of that church, Pastor Pilcher told me that my testimony glorified Satan. When Pastor Pilcher said that, he blasphemed the Holy Ghost. Pastor Pilcher will never get saved–he reminds me of King Saul. Pastor Pilcher is now the assistant superintendent for the Assemblies of God in central Iowa (Des Moines). Birds of a feather flock together.

I went to that church for two more Sundays and then never went back. The last Sunday I was in that church I was literally shaking in my boots because I thought the Lord was going to kill me–because it was SIN for me to be in that church.

If church people want to reject the power of the Holy Ghost, they are free to do so–but I won’t be there with them.

“Come out from among them and be ye separate.”

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Lori: Here is a Scripture that confirms what you said in your post about Samuel never returning to Saul to give him Godly counsel:

“If you return, then I will bring you back; you shall stand before Me; if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them” –Jeremiah 15: 19

“Thus Saith the Lord? by John Bevere”
http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2011/02/thus-saith-lord.html

Machetes and the Messiah   6 comments

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By Lori Rodeheaver

The self-righteous king, Saul, has finally made an honest confession.  The prophet, Samuel, in turn, showed mercy and prayed for him.  The very next thing Samuel does is quite shocking.  It’s brave, it’s bloody, and it’s barely believable.

Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.” 33 And Samuel said,“As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord in Gilgal. ~1 Samuel 15:33-34

Samuel calls for King Agag.  King Agag was the leader of the enemies which Saul was commanded, but failed to, destroy completely.

Notice how the enemy responds to Samuel’s invitation.  Agag came “cheerfully.”  So sure and confident that he is going to be fully accepted and met with a good ‘ol boy friendship by those who had spared his life for self-interests.

Agag ain’t scared of these easily deceived followers of God.  He knows if they’re anything like King Saul, they’ll let him slither away unscathed.  Apparently, King Agag doesn’t know the prophet Samuel.  That, or he doubts an old man of peace (Samuel) will harm him any more than a young man of war (Saul) did.

Agag was wrong.  Dead wrong, in fact.  As soon as he arrives, Samuel reminds him of his guilt and then busts out his machete.

What is with this guy?!  Always telling people they’re guilty and dealing God’s wrath!  I guess we all have our gifts…

Anyway, he “hacked Agag to pieces.”  Sounds like somebody’s got anger management and revenge issues, huh?

Not quite.  Here, in this bloody affair, we find Our Savior.

Who prays for we reprobates when we finally come to the end of our excuse making self-justification and offer an honest confession?  Who turns back in mercy after us when we actually admit our wretched guilt?  Who interceded for we scoundrels before bravely calling the king of our enemies to the carpet?   Who hacked that enemy to pieces in a bloody affair by his own two hands?  Who succeeded in killing what we so often disobey God to keep alive?

And the answer is:  JESUS!  Jesus did these things!  He offered mercy when we didn’t deserve it.  He interceded for us and called the enemy out.  He showed up and destroyed what we were unable and unwilling to destroy alone – sin.  He won the bloody war single-handedly but is known as the Prince of Peace.  We use peace-keeping as an excuse not to fight the Enemy but are  so obviously men of  self-preserving war.

Samuel’s wasn’t a hatemonger.  His machete foreshadowed the cross…where Christ was willing to be hacked to pieces for the sake of fulfilling God’s righteous commands…because he knew we weren’t willing and that we wouldn’t fulfill them.

What a Savior.

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Posted December 14, 2012 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Overnight Overkill   Leave a comment

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By Lori Rodeheaver

In 1 Samuel 14, we find that God’s people had just won a battle against their enemy.  Saul’s army was so faint from fighting and lack of food that immediately after they won, they sinned against God by eating meat with the blood still in it.  Now, their leader expects them to carry on fighting, plundering, and pursing the enemy all night.

Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them until the morning light; let us not leave a man of them.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” But the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.” 37 And Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day. ~1 Samuel 14:36-37

Any fool could see that these men needed rest as much as they had needed food.  Yet this leader was blind to the needs of his own people.  There is but one concern in Saul’s heart – self.

As he seeks to pursue an already defeated enemy with an already defeated army, a conflict arises between this leader and his spiritual authority.  Saul wants to use his ready-to-flat-line subjects to collect his booty, but his priest urges him to wait and pray.

Note, where foolish, unspiritual leaders selfishly disregard the needs of God’s people, spiritual leaders will step up to challenge them.  Our weakness often leads to sin when and if we become severe and desperate enough in our infirmities.  When the health and safety of God’s people is at stake, God’s glory is also at stake.

So, for fear of men and to avoid looking bad, Saul prays to see whether he ought to carry out his plan or not.  But God did not answer.  Saul knows that sin is at the root of this silent treatment.  What he fails to recognize is that it’s his sin, not the sin of his people.

Of course, the lot falls to Jonathan,  his son, and Jonathan was indeed the one guilty of breaking Saul’s oath of fasting…but Jonathan was not even informed about the oath.  He was ignorant of his father’s foolish directive when he ate.  He was not rebellious or disobedient.  If charged with any crime, it might only be hunger.

 Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” And Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the tip of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am; I will die.” ~1 Samuel 14:43

Even still, Jonathan accepts his own guilt.  He does not justify himself.  He pleads neither his case nor his innocence.

Oh!  If Saul would have just been examining his heart!  If Saul had been doing what Jonathan did here all along, God’s people wouldn’t be in this mess.  If he had been examining his own heart for wickedness, he would have saved his kin from guilt.

Instead, Saul heartlessly and disaffectionately charges his very own son with the death penalty.  How willing he is to sacrifice anyone and anything to stay in charge and be in the right – even his very own son!  But, as Matthew Henry said, “Justice is debased when it is administered with wrath and bitterness.”

But Saul’s son was beloved among the people.  He was their hero; their savior; their deliverer.  He was a young man full of courage, honor, and integrity.  There was no way they were going to let him die for a nicety.

This is amazing.  These people were willing to starve.  They were willing to obey when corrected.  They were willing to fight all night if so instructed by their leader.  But there was one thing they were wholly unwilling to do.  There was one thing for which they stood up and said, “NO!”  That thing was selling out their friend – their rescuer who had so valiantly fought for them.

Jonathan was a type of Christ.  When conflict arises, we must never allow man’s religion to put to death our Savior.  Yet, “they did not rescue him by violence, but by reason and resolution.” ~Matthew Henry

Note, any time we see gross injustice among God’s people, we must not resort to violence, hostility, anger, or force in order to correct it.  Instead, we must pursue peace through reason, truth, prayer, and the scriptures.

Then Saul went up from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place. ~1 Samuel 14:46

Finally, what we find as a result of all this in-house conflict is the enemy getting away.  The enemy escaped.  No heaping spoils of war after this victory.  Just a bunch of exhausted, post-traumatic stress suffering soldiers in desperate need of rest and recovery.

That’s what foolish, unspiritual leaders produce.  Be careful who you follow.

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Rejects   4 comments

Lori and her dad in Tiananmen Square, 1991

Here is a post by Lori Rodeheaver from the blog Everyday Encounters with the Creator:

In grade school, if you had looked up the term, “reject” in the dictionary, you’d likely have found my picture.  My dad was kind of hippie-like and my mom, well, my mom was just different I guess.  So, I was kind of a loner.  And I was quite happy being me until about the fifth grade…when the other kids starting taking notice of my funny clothes and lack of friends at recess.  Up until then, being me didn’t really bother me.  I liked being alone in Loriland, reading books and navigating monkey-bars by myself.  I liked my funny clothes.  Come to think of it, I still do.

Anyway, I’m glad I had a chance to grow into who I was instead of who my peers told me to be.  Because when you don’t have any friends, it’s much easier not to put too much stake in their ideas.  The flip-side is that you kind of learn not to put too much stake in anyone else’s ideas.  Our strengths are our weaknesses I guess.

Well, as I read 1 Samuel 14, I found a couple rejects of my own.  Only these guys weren’t rejected by their peers.  They were rejected by their God.  Ironically, when we strive to not be rejected by man, we often put ourselves in a place where we will both reject, and, be rejected by, God.  Let’s investigate this passage…

One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah in the pomegranate cave at Migron. The people who were with him were about six hundred men, including Ahijah the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the Lord in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone. Within the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistine garrison, there was a rocky crag on the one side and a rocky crag on the other side. The name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. The one crag rose on the north in front of Michmash, and the other on the south in front of Geba. ~1 Samuel 14:1-5

In just the short time since becoming king, Saul had already made some pretty severe mistakes.  So severe, in fact, that God had already rejected him as king.

He had sent home troops he needed for battle out of pride and self-sufficiency.  After he attacked his fiercest enemy, he stood around trumpet-blowing and trying to gather them back.  He lacked courage and leadership when the army he did have became fearful and started deserting.  He usurped both God and the prophet Samuel’s authority by being impatient and offering sacrifices he wasn’t fit to offer.  Saul was chock-full of pride and self-reliance.

For this reason, God had already rejected Saul as his king.  It seems that others had done the same.  Now, of the 3,000 soldiers he had chosen, only 600 remained.  Worse yet, even his own son, Jonathan, exhibits great distrust and lack of confidence in his leadership.  1 Samuel 14 gives us some insight as to when it is appropriate to stop following a foolish leader.

One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. ~1 Samuel 14:1

Why would Jonathan embark upon a risky and dangerous military expedition without informing his father…who just so happened to be his commander-in-chief?  Was he being prideful and self-reliant like his father?  Was this another case of usurping of proper authority?  Or was it something else?

Likely, it was because God was Jonathan’s commander-in-chief.  Jonathan had seen and experienced first-hand quite enough of his father’s foolishness.  Jonathan was brave and he trusted in God’s promises, calling the enemies “uncircumcised.” (v6)  He knew his advantage was in God, not man.  Therefore, he thought it wise not to consult his man-fearing father before the battle.  And he was right.

Go figure.  Daddy is foolish for usurping authority and little Jonny is wise when he does the same thing…because it isn’t the same thing.  The circumstances are vastly different.  It’s the difference between homicidal killing and soldier combat killing.  This kind of contrast proves how extremely important discernment is when following God.

Meanwhile, we find his father, King Saul, spoken of as having Ahijah among him, who was wearing an ephod.

Ahijah was a descendant of Eli.  Eli’s house had been rejected by God because of sin and disobedience, remember?  Yet Saul has one of Eli’s descendants, who is dressed in priestly garments, hanging around to help him determine the Lord’s will.  That’s what ephod’s were used for, after all.

All this, after he had disregarded the instructions of both God and his true prophet, Samuel.  Not to mention the fact that the true prophet had also been wholly rejected by the people following him.

Oh!  How the ungodly love to gather false prophets and smooth talkers around their tables and trust in external shows of religion!  They reject the hard, plain words of the true ministers of God and listen only to those who tickle their ears with and easy and cost-less message!

So it’s no surprise to find Saul and Ahijah hanging out together, is it?  The rejected king and the rejected priest have so deceived themselves in pride and self-sufficiency that they continue to honor one another instead of God and His Word.

Jonathan did the right thing by trusting in God rather than his man-fearing father…even though his man-fearing father was his earthly authority.  When the rubber meets the road and we have to make a decision between obeying our earthly authorities vs. obeying Our Heavenly Authority, we had better make certain we choose the latter.  True blessing and victory cannot come from the former if they are in opposition to the Lord’s will.

Next, we’ll see how God blesses Jonathan for his courage and wisdom.  For now, let’s consider how we might honor God by rejecting leaders who have rejected him and His Word.  If God has rejected someone as a leader, let’s recognize that we would do well to stop following them.  Let’s cease to worry about being rejected by men and focus only upon pleasing God.

It’s really not bad here in Loriland, anyway.  Sometimes lonely, but always an adventure.

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Posted November 22, 2012 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Don’t Be An Ass   Leave a comment

Here is a post by Lori Rodeheaver from the blog Everyday Encounters with the Creator:

Read 1 Samuel 9.

The people of God have demanded a king.  They have rejected both God and his true prophet.  Now, God gives them over to their own lusts.  He is about to deliver just the kind of guy they were asking for.

Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. ~1 Samuel 9:1-3

We are introduced to Saul by his external qualities alone.  He is tall, handsome, wealthy, and of good estate.  This guy is an absolute feast for the superficial eyes of the rebellious Israelites.  If they had one, this would be their poster child.

But what of wisdom?  Faith?  Inner strength?

Because the people did not concern themselves with such things, neither would God when selecting a king fitted to their lusts.

Funny, Saul comes looking for a bunch of asses.  Look no further, Saul, Samuel’s got a whole tabernacle full for ya.

And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us.And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way. ~1 Samuel 9:5-8

Although it is commendable that Saul has concern for his father, as well as his father’s donkeys, it is shameful that he had no concern for the things of God.  He didn’t even know that there was a very well-known man of God in the city where he was.  Neither did he know that true prophets did not take money in exchange for their true words.  While he had a genuine concern for his own family, he seemed to have no concern for the family of God.

Tomorrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer’s house is. ~1 Samuel 9:15-18

Samuel already knew Saul was coming.  So sensitive to God’s Word, Samuel had heard the Lord speak the day before Saul arrived and, again, just as Saul approached.

Notice how Samuel did not have to arrange the details of this meeting.  He didn’t have to go out looking for a king or schedule any duels among the fittest men.  He needed only to pray.  God alone providentially ordained this meeting and this man.

And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me today, and tomorrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father’s house?21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me? ~1 Samuel 9:19-21

The first thing Samuel does is reassure Saul about his father’s lost donkeys.  He gives Saul a spoiler about what is about to take place.  Humbled, Saul begins to question what the meaning of this could possibly be.

This had to be quite a trip for Saul.  One minute he’s out looking for donkeys, the next he’s eating a choice meal and a prophet is reading his thoughts!

And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God. ~1 Samuel 9:27

Samuel tells Saul to stop.  He bids him wait.  There is much more to tell.  The Word of God must be revealed to him thoroughly.

Don’t be an ass.  Seek leaders based on internal qualities, not external.  Be sensitive to God’s voice and leading in the process.  Remember that He ordains all men who rise to leadership – good or bad.  Urge those within your sphere of influence to stop and wait.  Reveal God’s Word thoroughly and make Him known among the nations.

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