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1 Samuel 10-11-15

Today’s Old Testament reading made me very sad and I’m not really sure why. I think it may have something to do with the people rejecting God as their king and thinking that a “man” can give them what they want. Don’t we do the same thing today? We put our hopes and desires in spouses, children, politicians and vain philosophies. The arm of man will fail us and has failed us yet we continue to look for a “man” who is “head and shoulders” above everyone else to guide us instead of looking toward the Creator of heaven and earth. Israel exchanged her God for one of flesh and blood. She desired to look to toward one who was created instead of the Creator, how said.

John 6:43-71

A sad, sad, sad state of affairs, the crowd that followed Jesus because He fed them is now turning from Him because He tells them that the food and drink they need to take in is not the fare they are looking for.

In reading through Jesus’ discourses with the crowd and his disciples, it appears to me that very few came out and said to him, “Look Master, please break it down for us, we don’t understand what you are saying.” Most of the time those in the crowds, His disciples included, just tried to guess and reason in their own minds what He meant. I think pride keeps us from asking Jesus questions; from asking God, “What does this mean?” especially when we are in a crowd. We don’t want others to think we are stupid.

I think this very thing is happening with us today regarding Jesus. The key to getting understanding is seeking, knocking and asking continually, but we either grow weary or we try to “Fake it ‘till we make it,” trying to impress the throngs around us. God knows we don’t impress Him with our fake knowledge.

On another note there is something very interesting in Peter’s response to Jesus when He asks the twelve, “Are you going to leave, too?” (Verse 67). This question requires one of two one-word sentences, “Yes” or “No.” Peter gives a story in his response,

68 …Lord, to whom would we go? You alone have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe them, and we know you are the Holy One of God."

Peter’s response tells us that he was surly thinking of “booking out” (leaving) on Jesus. Be careful how you respond to questions that require one-word answers, you will tell on yourself.

Psalm 107
This is a “Testimony” Psalm. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Rev. 12:11) Truly this song is one that should be read when we are down in the dumps and think God has abandoned us.

Proverbs 15:1-3
2 The wise person makes learning a joy; fools spout only foolishness.

This little Proverb should be studied and adhered to by everyone who wants to be a teacher, in my humble opinion.

Grace and peace,

1 Samuel 10: 15-16, 22

15 Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.”

16 Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.

22 So they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?”

And the LORD said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”

I just wonder why Saul did not tell his uncle that Samuel anointed him king of Israel. These two verses together with verse 22, revealed that Saul might not be so 'used to' being the king of Israel. As Mike suggests, being humble or 'shy' is a good thing. At least you know that you can't do anything (especially a king) without God.

1 Samuel 11:7

7 He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, “This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel.” Then the terror of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out together as one.

Saul asked the Israeli to follow him and Samuel. At this point of time, Saul was still putting his spiritual adviser together with him (a political king). I believe this is important as Saul, the first king of Israel, fought and won because God was with him. Without God, he was doomed to failure.

John 6:53

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

God clearly prohibited in the OT (e.g. Leviticus 7:26-27)and the NT (e.g. Acts 15:20) that we should not eat blood for life is in blood. But here in John 6:53, Jesus asked us to drink his blood. I am thinking if it is because drinking Jesus' blood, we are connected to his eternal life. What are your views?

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