Tuesday, July 17, 2012
1 Samuel 16
King James Version (KJV)
1And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.
3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.
4 And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?
5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto 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 were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him.
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.
9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.
10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these.
11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: 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 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him.
19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.
20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.
21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
I know this is a long piece of scripture but I wanted ya'll to read it as a whole. Reading it this morning I noticed something completely new to me and then shared it with the girls during devotions.
Samuel was sent to anoint David, basically announcing to David that he was the next king of Israel. And what did David do??? He went back to the sheep. David didn't move to the city, didn't enroll in law school (figuratively speaking).He didn't go knocking on the palace door, neither did he gather an army to challenge Saul. David was young, we don't know how young, but probably a teenager. Yet we don't see a youthful arrogance or a desire to rule the world. David returned to the sheep. He wasn't impatient, he didn't take matters into his own hands. David continued faithfully with what the Lord had given him to do. Verse 18 says, "Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him". God taught David everything he needed for the palace while tending to his father's sheep. God provided a way for David to get to the palace without David's help. While David was faithfully doing his 'little' job God prepared him to lead a nation.
Every day is an opportunity for us to learn, grow, and become who the Lord has called us to be. We don't have to be on the fast-track. We don't have to pine and worry about how we are going to do great things for God. Do what He has given you to do TODAY. If you are willing He will gladly take care of the rest. If God used long days and nights in the fields with stinky sheep (sorry Cher) to prepare David for kingship then He can use stinky diapers, boring jobs, lonely nights, and dusty roads to prepare us for His purpose.
So don't be discouraged if you feel like there is a mountain in between you and whatever it is that God has promised you. God makes ordinary extraordinary, the secret is the Holy Spirit. Verse 13, "And the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward".
All is well here at Rancho Maranatha!! We have had some rain so everything has turned green!!! Unfortunately the grasshoppers and gnats have arrived as well :(
The bible studies in the many different villages continue. I just returned from the ladies study in Osobampo. This study always blesses me so much!!! The ladies are so hungry for the word and desire to grow :)
This afternoon we will be heading to Tesia, then tomorrow to Torocoba and San Antonio.
I don't like the heat...........I don't think it likes me very much either, haahahaha.
Blessings to all. Please keep us in your prayers (especially our vehicles)!!!