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1 Samuel 15:16-23
Saul, Saul, Saul this guy is in BIG trouble and so are the people he is king over. God appointed and anointed Saul as the people’s choice he wasn’t God’s choice. (13 Now see the king whom you have chosen and for whom you have asked; behold, the Lord has set a king over you.1 Sam 12). I believe you take on the character and attributes of the one you submit yourself to and Samuel had warned the folks what to expect. We must remember that God said their rejection of Samuel and his son’s to rule over them, their desire for a king, was not a rejection of Samuel but a rejection of God’s sovereignty over their lives.

The exchange Saul and Samuel had over whether or not Saul had done the will of God, was really a debate over whose reality was the truth, God’s or Saul’s. I believe Saul believed in his own deception, just like we do. Saul was stubborn in holding on to what he wanted to be true but if it ain’t the Word of God it’s not truth.

When Samuel is sent to anoint one of Jessie’s sons, he knows three things, 1) God has removed the anointing from Saul and 2) Saul’s insecurity would cause Saul to try to take him out (I wonder if we seriously stop and take a look at insecure people will we find enraged individuals trying to do or wishing harm on the people they think are the problem? Instead of trying to work on their own shortcomings, they try to eliminate the threat. Just something to think about), and 3) God had already picked the one He wanted (1 Sam 13:13-14).

I love the story of how David was picked because it shows us that God wants our hearts not our bodies, whether we are fat, short, tall, skinny etc. That tells me then that the essence of who we are is not in our outside appearance, it is in our hearts. Thatis what God wants David wasn’t even considered worthy enough by his own family to be called into the house when Samuel shows up. He was the son and brother no one wanted to recognize.

11 Then Samuel asked, "Are these all the sons you have?"
"There is still the youngest," Jesse replied. "But he's out in the fields watching the sheep."

Samuel had asked Jessie to call all of his sons into the house not just the ones he recognized.

John 8:1-21

Most of us know very well the story of the Woman Caught in Adultery, even unbelievers know this one. This is the story that is usually thrown up in “believers” faces along with the words, “Don’t judge me. Even Jesus didn’t judge the Woman caught in Adultery.” Yes that is true but Jesus sent her away telling her to, “…Go and sin no more.”

The verses following the story of the woman and her accusers are difficult verses for those who say that Jesus was only a prophet or just a good man and never called Himself God. The Book of John is a marvelous book. John had to truly write this book under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit because it does reach out and grab you and force you to make a decision about who Jesus really is.

If Jesus was only a prophet or just a nice man verses twelve through nineteen would mean Jesus was a crazy nice man who did good and by the way, was also a prophet. I don’t think we usually go down to our mental institutions looking for the Son of God.

Jesus who was and is He? The choice to decide has been given to us.
Psalm 110: 1-7

Ah, this Psalm, and the last verse (But he himself will be refreshed from brooks along the way. He will be victorious) brought to my remembrance a refrain from Psalm 24 that gives an image of the triumphant King Jesus,

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in.

8 Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.


Proverbs 15:8-10

8 The LORD hates the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.

A semi-translation of the eighth verse as per Ramona, Wicked people can sacrifice all they want, but all they are doing is having a barbeque.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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