Tuesday: January 21, 2020

Reference: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 Samuel 16:2 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.

Samuel may have been a prophet of God, whose words always came to pass, but he was not one to ignore the reality of issues. Even he knew that a decision to anoint another king when one was still sat on the throne would be treason. It was a clear coup d’etat that would most likely result in the death of anyone involved when uncovered.

In this case, not only would Samuel have been killed, but the family of whoever was to be anointed King were likely to face a similar end as that would have been seen as a necessary elimination of ‘possible and imminent’ threat to the throne. Therefore, Samuel really meant it and showed genuine apprehension when he spoke these words to God: ‘You know I will certainly lose my life if Saul hears about this plan’. He thought he might become the collateral damage in a God’s plan, but God provided an alternative.

This alternative factored in the possible reaction of Saul with a proposition to Samuel that was a win-win for All- say you have come to offer a sacrifice. This proposal would preserve the lives of Samuel as well as David and his household and in addition, spare Saul from having to end the life of a companion and prophet of God, however genuine his reasons would have been.

Sweetheart, God had a plan to anoint a new king, but wasn’t going to ‘use’ the life of His prophet to achieve this. There are times when it may seem a good deal to ‘use’ something or someone to gain another, but just so you do not become afraid to walk with God, hear this,

‘God will not ‘sacrifice’ you for the execution of His plan because you are his partner.


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