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Saturday, March 29 2014

1 Samuel 12: Samuel's Farewell

"So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel"

The era of the Judges lasted for over two centuries (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges), from the passing of Joshua (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua) to the time of Samuel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Samuel). The people demanded a king, not because Samuel was unacceptable to them, but because his sons, who would have succeeded him, were liberals who did not honor the responsibility that the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) had given to those who serve Him (see also Exodus 13: Liberation, Not Liberal-ation).

"8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 8:2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations." (1 Samuel 8:1-5 KJV)

Samuel's formal farewell began with a question: Have I ever wronged you? Their answer, for the timeless record, "Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand."

Samuel at Ramah

"12:1 And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. 12:2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day [see 1 Samuel 1: Hannah's Dedication Of Samuel and 1 Samuel 3: The Calling Of Samuel]. 12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.

12:4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand." (1 Samuel 12:1-4 KJV)

Samuel then reminded them that all who "led" Israel were appointed by the LORD - their King. Their choice of a human king would produce a new political environment for them - a hard lesson that they would experience for centuries afterward. Samuel's farewell ended with a sign: "So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel."

"12:5 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand.

And they answered, He is witness.

12:6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron [see The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron], and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. 12:7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.

12:8 When Jacob was come into Egypt [see Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel], and your fathers cried unto the LORD [see Deuteronomy 24: How Long Were They Slaves?], then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.

12:9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. 12:10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. 12:11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.

12:12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king. 12:13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. 12:14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: 12:15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.

12:16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes. 12:17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.

12:18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

12:19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

12:20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; 12:21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. 12:25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king."

Fact Finder: What does "king" actually mean? How did the word "patriotism" originate from the word "king"?
See 1 Samuel 8: Our King May Judge Us


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This Day In History, March 29

87 BC: Emperor Wu of Han of China died at age 69.

502: Burgundian King Gundobad proclaimed a new legal code (Lex Burgundionum) at Lyon. It unified the laws of the Gallo-Romans and the Burgundians.

1430: The Ottoman Empire under Murad II captured the Byzantine city of Thessalonica (the city is known in the Bible from two epistles of the apostle Paul; see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition).

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1461: The bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses occurred near York. 35,000 Yorkists battled 40,000 Lancastrians to secure the English throne for Yorkist Edward IV.

1638: The first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established by Swedish Lutherans.

1778: English explorer James Cook landed at Vancouver Island. A year later, Cook was killed (and some reports say eaten) by natives in the islands of Hawaii, which Cook originally named the Sandwich Islands (after the Earl of Sandwich, a supporter of Cook's voyages).

1798: The Helvetic Republic, a government set up by the French directory in Switzerland from the ten cantons, was proclaimed.

1792: King Gustavus III of Sweden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin 2 weeks earlier.

1809: In Sweden, Gustavus IV was forced to abdicate after a number of military defeats against Denmark. He was succeeded by Charles XIII.

1848: For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.

1867: The British North America Act established the Dominion of Canada comprising Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

1871: In London, Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband Prince Albert.

1867: The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.

1936: Adolf Hitler received 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany's reoccupation of the Rhineland (see Law-Abiding Criminals)

1939: The Spanish Civil War ended in victory for Francisco Franco. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had aided Franco.

1941: During the Second World War, British warships sank 5 Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in The Mediterranean Sea.

1945: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the last day of the Nazi V-1 "flying bombs" (i.e. rockets) struck on England. After the war, many of the Nazi rocket scientists were welcomed into the U.S., including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). The war criminal Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.

1962: Cuba opened the trial of the "Bay of Pigs" invaders.

1971: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison for his ordering the massacre of over 500 Vietnamese civilians (unarmed old men, women and babies) in their village of My Lai in March 1968. Although convicted of the heinous war crimes, Calley was quietly released from custody not long afterward.

1975: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal.

1982: The Canada Act of 1982 received Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, thereby leading to Canada's new Constitution of 1982.

2002: In response to the "Passover Massacre" two days before, Israel launched "Operation Defensive Shield" against Palestinian terrorists in the "West Bank" - the largest since the 1967 Six-Day War (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).

2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.





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