The New King

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

1 Samuel 8—10

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The kingship has very shaking beginnings. Due to the corruption of the sons of Samuel appointed by their father to be judges over Israel, God moves to “Plan B.” The original plan had God alone as king. However, in the face of the desire of the Israelites to be like all the other nations, God complies with the people’s wishes.

Chapter 10 cites the first use of oil to anoint a king, previously used only for the sanctuary and for priests. Saul receives the inrush of the Spirit and begins to prophesy. He is indeed transformed, but not enough; watch for a stronghold of sin that remains which becomes tragedy as the rest of the book unfolds.

The final verse of the reading touches on the evil of jealousy. The question of the rebels …how like the question Satan must have asked when he looked ahead to Jesus! Is there prideful questioning going on in your life?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
You alone, King of the world 8:7
May I never forsake You 8:8
Rising to follow Your way 9:26
Holding my peace when despised 10:27

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2 thoughts on “The New King

  1. Samuel warns what kings will do. In the 7 verses from verse 8:11, the phrase “He will take” occurs 6 times. If God alone were king, all the “taking” would be “giving.”


  2. While walking our dog Bongo this morning, I considered a shift in the Bible Breath on 10:27. Here is the verse:

    27 But some worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?”
    They despised him [Saul] and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

    Perhaps we are rarely despised, but are doubtless the object of complaining…and the subject making complaints as well. How would this, then, be for a more suitable Bible Breath on that verse?

    In complaints, holding my peace.


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