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Judgment on Saul - by Michael Phillips
The Life of Samuel - Part 9 of 11
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1 Samuel 13:1-15:35
Aug 26, 2007 am - Some men are born for dirty jobs. They don't like them any more than the rest of us do, but they're willing to do them. Because they need doing. Samuel was one of these men. The first thing God called him to do was to announce His judgment on Eli and his family. This would have been hard for anyone, but doubly so for Samuel because he was a mere child at the time, and because Eli was like a father to him. But he did the dirty job. Because it needed doing. Most of his life was spent doing dirty jobs, but none affected him more personally than the one he was called to do in today's story. Twice-as a matter of fact-he had to do it. And he did. Because it needed doing. And because the servant of God is not called on to think about his duty or to discuss it; he's called to do it. What Samuel said many years before, he was still saying- Speak, Lord, For Your servant hears. INTRODUCTION Today's story comes in two parts with the middle left out. In chapter 13, God rejects Saul in a relatively private way; in chapter 15, He rejects him in public for all to see. In chapter 14, the king is not rejected, but we see why he deserves to be. THE SETTING The scene is set in the first four verses ... More >>>


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