March 16, 2020

1 Samuel 16:1-13

“The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’” vs.1

One thing is sure! We’ve been grieving about political matters for a long time, though it does seem like the process of choosing a new ruler was a good deal less cumbersome in the days of Samuel. Some might wish that there was a prophet now, with horn and oil in hand, to choose a leader from the myriad of clamoring candidates. It would be easier, they say, than listening to the onslaught of lies and exaggerations that are typical in a modern campaign. Of course it wasn’t easy for Samuel to choose either. He was told by the Lord to pay no attention to the external appearances of the sons of Jesse so he rejected them all. And then when the last son was hauled away from the sheep and finally stood before him, he chose him–because he had beautiful eyes and was handsome! So much for following the Lord’s instructions! As it turned out David was not a bad choice–though ultimately Israel learned that kings make poor messiahs. By this fall we’ll have figured out our choice, and we’ll probably make our decision based on appearance too. It’s hard to do otherwise. Whatever the pick, none of them will be our messiah! And that’s okay! We’ve already got Jesus, and he’s the best!

Thought for the Day: How will I make my choice this fall?

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