I Samuel 10

1. Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance?

Now that they are alone together on the outskirts of the city where none can overhear, Samuel delivers the LORD’s message to Saul. First, he performs a significant ritual act. He takes a flask of oil and pours it on his head. There was doubtless nothing special about this flask of oil. Men of that day in that part of the world appear to have used oil much like we use soap, perfume, or deodorant today. It is very likely that any traveling man like Samuel would constantly have a flask of oil in his possession. Therefore, there was nothing special in this flask, nor in the act of pouring it over a man’s head. When cleaning himself, Saul had probably done something similar many times. Yet in this case, this very ordinary action had very extraordinary implications. This little ritual was a symbolic act, signifying the fact that the LORD had chosen Saul to be the next king.

Now the important part of this ritual was not the pouring of the oil itself, for that was only symbolic. As I said, Saul himself might have poured oil over his own head many times before this. What was important here was the choice the LORD had made of Saul as king, and the fact that Samuel had the authority to communicate that choice to Saul. In other words, there was a ritual here of anointing, but what it pointed to was the reality of Saul’s anointing. The real anointing of Saul was when the LORD chose him to be king. The ritual was significant only in that it communicated that reality.

Once he has anointed Saul with oil, Samuel kisses him, and tells him plainly that the LORD has anointed him to be the king. We usually think of an inheritance as being something you receive from someone when he dies. Yet the reality is that to have an inheritance is to enjoy a portion. The inheritance here refers to the portion of the LORD, which was the people He had chosen. Saul was now commander over that portion, even the twelve tribes of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

I would like to remind my readers that I am a regular column contributor to the Word of Truth Ministry’s Bulletin. This last Bulletin, my article was on “Restoring Acts Period Conditions,” discussing the fact that many are trying to model their churches on what they believe the “Acts period church” was like. Yet is it really possible to restore the Acts period “church,” and is this even what we should be doing? Read this article at:

http://www.seedandbread.org/images/stories/bulletins/Mar14Bulletin.pdf

I Samuel 9

1. There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.

Now we are introduced to a new character, a man of the tribe of Benjamin. Benjamin meant “Son of My Right Hand.” He was the son of Israel by his intended wife Rachel, and the younger brother of Joseph, the firstborn. Benjamin, while he had been a favorite of Jacob, had fallen on hard times since Israel had become a nation. In the book of Judges, we read of some wicked men in Benjamin whom the Benjamites refused to give up to the wrathful armies of the rest of the tribes of Israel. The result was that Benjamin was all but wiped out by the other tribes, and still in the days of Samuel remained a much smaller and less powerful tribe than the others. Due to their proximity to the large and mighty tribe of Judah, Benjamin seemed like little more than a minor sidekick to their much more important neighbor. Yet now, the LORD has made choice of one from Benjamin, and their power as a tribe will from this time on be greatly increased.

The man from the tribe of Benjamin whom we are introduced to is named Kish, which means “Bent.” He does not seem to have been a man with a very good reputation, so perhaps it was his character that was bent. He is the son of a man named Abiel, which means “El (God) is my Father.” His grandfather is Zeror, which can mean “Bundle,” “Bag,” or “Little Stone.” Zeror’s father was Bechorath, which means “Firstborn,” and Bechorath’s father was Aphiah, which means “I Will Rekindle,” “I Will Refresh,” or “I Will Make to Breath.” Kish was a Benjamite, we read again, and a powerful man in that tribe, though of course his power was nothing like that which a king would have. Remember too that to be powerful in Benjamin, a small and less influential tribe, would not have counted for as much as to be powerful in one of the bigger and more powerful tribes. Read the rest of this entry »

king02I Samuel 8

1. Now it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel.

Samuel had judged Israel for many years now, and perhaps he started thinking of retirement, or at least who was going to take over the work when he died. He was probably nearing sixty years old at this time. He decides to prepare his sons to take over his task and to make them judges over Israel. This was the way families typically worked, with the sons following in their father’s footsteps to take over his family business. This was not the way the judgeship worked, however, and this attempt by Samuel is no more successful than when others tried the same thing. The judges of Israel were to be chosen by God. Those chosen by Samuel simply did not work out.

2. The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.

Samuel gave his boys Godly names. His firstborn he called Joel, which means “Jehovah is God.” The second he named Abijah, which means “Jehovah is father.” He set them up to judge in the far south, in the town of Beersheba. Beersheba means “Well of the Oath,” and was so named because this was where Abraham and Abimelech, father-king of the Philistines, had made an oath together. Abimelech feared Abraham because of his great power and wealth that God had given him, so he asked Abraham to swear not to deal falsely with him or his posterity. Abimelech’s servants, however, had stolen this well from Abraham, who had digged it, so Abraham also swore to Abimelech that he had dug the well. From then on, this well became known as the Well of the Oath, and the town that grew up there was named after the well. Read the rest of this entry »

dove02I received the following question:

God uses the clearest words when HE reveals the most important thing which is the identity of God

Please from the Old Testamant ONLY
Show me a very clear verse saying the holy spirit is God.
Please show me a very clear verse from the Hebrew old testamant saying that the holy spirit is also God
regards

Why are you asking me these questions? You are not my college professor. Are you trying to get me to do your homework for you?

The fact that the Holy Spirit is God is not demonstrated by a clear verse saying that the Holy Spirit is also God, but by verses wherein His actions are said to be the actions of God, or wherein He is stated to be equal to God. As such, Isaiah 48:16 is one such passage: Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following questions from a person who obviously was seeking to “trap” me by my answers:

There is evidence in the bible which says that paul and saul are the same person
and
There is evidence in the bible which says that peter and simon are the same person
 
My first question
 
Matthew chapter ten verses from one to four
and acts chapter one verse thirteen
 
Names of the twelve disciples of Jesus
 
Show me one verse in the entire bible which says that Judas the son of James is also called
Thaddaeus
If there is NO verse in the entire bible which says that Judas the son of James is also
called Thaddaeus,then this is a contradiction
 
Question number two
If you have seen me,you have seen the father
Trace this verse back to Jesus Read the rest of this entry »

wed02I received the following question:

If you would have time to chat about “marriage” if you have time this next few days. Yes for me, cause I am struggling with what God says about it in some areas and what you said in one of your comments on your Precepts Blog.
 
One of your comments of when you marry it is in front of God, family and friends, I just cannot wrap My head around this in this day and age. Are you talking the Wedding Ceremony here?
 
You have some very good things to say and I am “struggling” in the sense of studying the Word to know all what the Bible says about the subject, and obviously would love to have an enjoyable marriage.
 
Thank you for sharing the word, you do challenge me to think allot and my brain is hurting on this subject of marriage, and exactly what it is in all its details.
 
As you say…..”Keep studying the Word”!

I agree that marriage is a difficult issue, and I am not in any way certified as a marriage counselor! But I could offer you my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I am beginning to understand Hebrews a little better. Why were there so many warnings, over and over? For example in Hebrews 2:3,3:12,13,15-19  they were warned not to become like the O.T.Israelites who embittered God.

I think the many warnings in Hebrews reflects the fact that Silas is writing to them because of his fear (probably shared by Paul) that the Hebrews (whom I believe were the Thessalonians) would not stand fast in the things they had taught them. This fear was largely because of how abbreviated their ministry in Thessalonica had been. They had been unable to spend more than three Sabbath days sharing the truth with these new believers. Therefore, though some had believed, it seemed questionable as to whether or not they would remain standing strong. For one thing, they were facing persecution from the Jews who did not believe, and who so openly and vociferously opposed Paul’s proclamation, forcing him and his company to flee from the city. These Jews would not have stopped causing trouble just because Paul was gone, but would have switched the focus of their hatred to those Jews who believed Paul and were following Jesus Christ after hearing his message. Would these new believers prove true, or would they be like the seed sown on stony ground in Mark 4:17, who, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble“? Read the rest of this entry »

rock02I Samuel 7

1. Then the men of Kirjath Jearim came and took the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.

The men of Kirjath-jearim accept the task of keeping the ark of the LORD. They come to Beth Shemesh and take it, bringing it back to their city. They put it in the house of a man named Abinadab, which means “Noble Father.” His house was on the hill in Kirjath Jearim. They take his son Eleazar, which means “God Has Helped,” and set him apart to “keep” or guard the ark.

2. So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

The ark remains there a long time. It was not just there twenty years either, as this seems to indicate. It was there twenty years, until the events we are now going to read about took place. Then, it was there all during Samuel’s tenure as judge. Then, it was there during the forty years of Saul’s reign as king. Finally, it was there during the first part of David’s reign, until he brought it up from there. If we add all this time together, we will see that the ark was in this place for the better part of a century.

Twenty years pass, and the house of Israel finally laments after Jehovah. They had to be oppressed by the Philistines a long time before they finally turned back to their God! Read the rest of this entry »

cow02I Samuel 6

1. Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.

So for seven months the Philistines try to keep the ark of the LORD, but they are plagued the whole time. As we said before, the Philistines were not ready to dwell in the presence of the holy God.

2. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us how we should send it to its place.”

At last, the Philistines realize that they are beaten. They have no choice but to send the ark of Jehovah back to Israel where it belongs. However, the question now arises how they are to do this. What if by sending it back in the wrong way they anger Jehovah even further? So they call for those they feel are expert at such things, their own priests and diviners, and ask them how they should go about doing this. Read the rest of this entry »

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