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The Lord's Anointed - by Michael Phillips
The Life of Samuel - Part 10 of 11
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1 Samuel 16:1-13
Sep 16, 2007 am - There comes a time in a man's life when it occurs to him, 'I didn't do what I hoped to do, and now, it's too late to do it'. Cautious men-like myself-are especially prone to feel this way. Shying from hard and risky things, we live to wish we hadn't. But we're not alone in our regrets: bold and ambitious men are subject to the same frustration. In middle age (and later), they wonder why they didn't do more with their lives, and why things didn't turn out better. Samuel was one of these men. Few have lived a fuller and more active life than he did. As a boy, he was called to announce God's judgment on the leaders of Israel. When they fell under it, it was he-now a young man-who assumed the leadership and ruled the people for decades. His work was varied and very hard. He was a priest, offering sacrifices to God and prayers for His people (while keeping a sharp eye on the Tabernacle). He was a prophet, preaching the Word of God, mostly to people who didn't want to hear it. He was a judge, applying the Law in three courts, and he was the commander-in-chief, mustering armies and leading the charge against God's enemies. While nothing in this world is perfect, Samuel's career was the ... More >>>

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