|1 Samuel 16 |
1 And the LORD said to Samuel, "Seeing that I have rejected Saul from reigning over Israel, how long will you mourn for Saul? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite because I have selected a king for myself among his sons."
2 And Samuel said, "How can I go? When Saul hears that, he will kill me." And the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'
3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you will do; you will anoint for me the one that I name to you."
4 And Samuel did what the LORD spoke, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, "Do you come peaceably?"
5 And Samuel said, "I have come in peace to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.
6 And it came to pass, when they had come, that Samuel looked on [Jesse's son] Eliab, and said, "Surely the LORD's anointed is standing before him."
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look not on his appearance or on the height of his stature because I have refused him. The LORD does not see as men see because men look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks in the heart."
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab [another son] and made him pass before Samuel. And Samuel said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."
9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And Samuel said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."
10 Repeatedly, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And each time Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen this one."
11 And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your children here?" And Jesse said, "There still remains the youngest one, David, and he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send for him and bring him for we will not sit down until he comes here."
12 So Jesse sent for him and brought him in. Now he had a ruddy complexion, with a beautiful appearance, and he was handsome looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him, for this is him."
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed David in the presence of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15 Saul's servants said to him, "Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubles you.
16 Let our lord now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man, who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon you, that he shall play with his hand, and you will be well."
17 Saul said to his servants, "Provide me now a man that can play well and bring him to me."
18 Then one of the servants answered and said, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is skilled in playing, a mighty valiant man, a man of war, prudent in matters, a pleasant person, and the LORD is with him."
19 Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me David your son, who is with the sheep."
20 Jesse took an ass laden with bread, a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them with David his son to Saul.
21 David came to Saul, and served him. Saul became greatly fond of David, and David became his armor bearer.1
22 Saul sent a message to Jesse, saying, "Let David, I pray you, stand before me for he has found favor in my sight."
23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand; so that Saul was refreshed, was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
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1 Do you think it is coincidence that David, secretly anointed as King of Israel, is sent for by Saul, and made his armor bearer? In the next chapter, Saul appoints him head of his army. Then David wins the favor of all the people, and they began to think more highly of David than Saul. Is this an amazing set of coincidences, or does God order all life around his chosen and beloved? For those who have dedicated their lives to finding and pleasing God, there are no coincidences; all things work together for good for those who love God (or as argued, God loves) and are called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28.
While we are seeking, the creator of the universe is watching over us, protecting us, planning for us, moving the world to our benefit, and always there for us. With this assurance, we know that everything that comes our way is his will for us; and whatever happens, even if it appears to be a problem at the time, we know as it is written, all things work together for good, for those who love God and are called according to his purpose, Rom 8:28; and because we keep his commands, he knows we love him, John 14:23. So we know that everything that happens to us has been willed by God, to help us grow, and we have a peace that is based on the love of God to us. We can cast all of our worries and fears upon him, 1 Peter 5:7, and depend on him to work everything out to our benefit. We have confidence that he is working for us, even when we can't see how it is happening; we know he controls the whole universe, and to work our life to his union, is effortless for him.
When you are committed to following the Lord, hearing Him as you wait on Him, everything that happens to you is permitted by the Lord to bring you to perfection. He will let those around you abuse you in order to teach you to give up anger, resentment, and wanting revenge; and instead to forgive them, just as He forgave those who beat and crucified Him. We must suffer with Him in order to reign with Him. 2 Tim 2:11-12. We have to trust that everything is from Him, which trust is faith; the just shall live by faith, Hab 2:4.
From the Word of the Lord within: "live in the fortress of faith where it doesn't matter if someone gives you a kiss or hits you with a baseball bat," knowing everything that happens to a true seeker is used to help him grow spiritually. So if I get hit with a baseball bat, He expects me to learn the necessity of forgiving: to ignore it, despite the pain suffered and wrongness of the person wielding the bat. Your life is an obstacle course, designed by God, for you to crawl over and through, learning to forgive and love despite the pain and injustice. This life is a boot camp to produce a soldier of love, whose weapon is the sword of the Spirit, the living word of God. When you realize it is God who has allowed, (permitted, not caused or motivated), that person to be rude, ugly, and painful to you, you can easily forgive them because they are just an obstacle of potential resentment, whose offense is to be overlooked, (or if not overlooked, to produce the pain of resentment), thus being used by God to help you spiritually progress.
The price for growing love is total absence of force and coercion from God; this total absence of control from God results in suffering, diseases, wars, famines, etc. Everyone on the planet gets to choose between good and evil, and learn thereby; freedom to choose wrong exists so that love can be created and grow in total freedom, the necessary soil for nourishment. Every man and woman has their day of visitation where the Spirit of God reasons with them to alter their ways. If we heed the advice of the Spirit or Light within us, we get more counsel. If we ignore the advice, God ignores us until we decide to seek his counsel and direction.
Based on his knowing those who will never give up until union occurs, God chooses those to be his first fruits — he draws them to himself, but in a way that is without fear or compulsion — so they can choose to seek Him out of love. To seek God and find him, (to see him within), is the whole purpose of life. He [God] has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in you all.
..Seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deu 4:29
Those chosen by God are protected by Him while they complete their seeking course; as is written, "all things work together for good for those who love God (or as argued, God loves) and are called according to his purpose." He told me, "All other people, destined for reconciliation after this life, live without protection," and are therefore subject to accidental death, disease, war, etc. Once when I was contemplating on God's will for the people on this earth, I started thinking about the 6,000,000 Jews put to death by the Nazis; wondering how this could be. I heard Him say to me, "don't you dare ascribe the Holocaust to me." I also listen with great sadness when a preacher tells one of his congregation (living in the false hope) who just tragically lost a child, "it is God's will; he wanted them home with him." It is not God's will that such tragedies happen. Tragedies are the result of the world's free will and are not willed by God to happen. All life is precious to Him, and the tragedies are sadness for Him too — but the price of man's free will, necessary to grow love.
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