1 Samuel 14—16
Samuel recedes to the background while the exploits of Saul and Jonathan against the enemies of God’s people come to the fore. The rash oath that Saul inflicts upon his people and his hoarding of the spoils of war instead of dedicating them to the Lord, prompts God to intervene again in the night to Samuel. Contrasted with the first nightly visit of the Lord to Samuel as a boy, this encounter brings anguish to the heart of Samuel and to God; God repents of having chosen Saul to be King. Listen in on the words of Samuel to Saul in 15:22-23; they are addressed to you and to me.
As the peace that comes out after a hurricane, so is chapter 16 with the beginning of the story of David. Samuel must have found some of that early joy as a boy return, as he sees God doing something similar to David as was done to him many years before. Return in prayer to the times when God spoke to your heart when you were a child.
What are these?
Obeying—not sacrifice 15:22
Yielding to Your will, O God 15:23
You looking, Lord, on the heart 16:7
May Your Spirit rush on me. 16:13
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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