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Tuesday, March 7 2017

The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Lesson Of Saul, David And Solomon

"Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward"

Samuel became the last of the Judges (see The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Spirit Of The Judges) because the Israelites demanded to have a king "like all the nations." Samuel had been a wise and righteous leader, inspired by the Holy Spirit, but his sons, even though they had the same opportunity for righteousness by means of the Holy Spirit, made themselves corrupt, carnal men. As we will read, the Holy Spirit is the means of righteousness, but it can be lost if it is rejected by a mind of rebellion.

"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)

Jerusalem

The LORD was already their King, but the Israelites demanded to be subject merely to one of their own peers ("King" is from an Anglo-Saxon word that means father of the kin; "patriotism" means faithful to the father; see The Patriotism Prophecy and The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive). Rather than true Patriotism to the LORD, they demanded, in effect, "frat-riotism" - allegiance to the nation in the name of one of their brothers. They became headless (see What Happens To A Nation When God's Law Is Forsaken?).

The LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) permitted their demand, as a means of delivering a painful political lesson to them (1 Samuel 8:10-18 KJV).

"8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8:8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 8:9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them." (1 Samuel 8:6-9 KJV)

From the basis of that rejection of the LORD, Saul became Israel's first human king. The LORD nevertheless provided Saul with great measure of the Holy Spirit. Saul had every opportunity to be a great leader.

Samuel and Saul

"10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 10:7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

10:8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.

10:9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. 10:10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. 10:11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?" (1 Samuel 10:6-11 KJV)

Saul nevertheless was removed as Israel's leader (see Saul's Impeachment) because he became self-righteous and arrogant. He began to think that the greatness that the LORD had given him to use as a leader was his greatness. Saul became an unstable, egotistical fool. He rejected the Holy Spirit that he had available to him. Saul also demonstrated a common trait of anyone who rejects the Holy Spirit - their character becomes worse than it was before they had the Holy Spirit in great measure.

"15:26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel." (1 Samuel 15:26 KJV)

David was then chosen to replace Saul as king of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below). David had many troubles for the rest of his life, but David never rejected the Holy Spirit that the LORD provided to him ("Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward"; see the Fact Finder question below). David remained "a man after His own heart" (see also David's View From The Cross).

"13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee." (1 Samuel 13:13-14 KJV)

As was the case with Samuel, the father's righteousness is no guarantee of righteousness in his children. As adults, everyone must choose to accept the Spirit of Righteousness or to reject it. King Solomon began with natural wisdom, and was then given great Wisdom by the Holy Spirit, but Solomon, like Saul, later squandered it with arrogance and egotism.

Solomon's righteous beginning as Israel's leader:

Solomon's Harem

"3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

3:10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

3:11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee." (1 Kings 3:9-12 KJV)

Solomon's despicable end as Israel's leader:

"11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.

11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 11:8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.

11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant." (1 Kings 11:4-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: What connection is there between "anointing" and the Holy Spirit?
See The Anointing Of David


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This Day In History, March 7

322 BC: The Greek philosopher Aristotle died. He was a teacher of Alexander the Great (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat; see also What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).

161: Emperor Antoninus Pius died and was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.

321: The inventor of today's "Sunday": Emperor Constantine I decreed that the Babylonian/Roman Dies Solis Invicti ("Sun day") was to be the official day of rest of the Roman Empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?; also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

Constantine with Sol Invictus

1080: Pope Gregory VII deposed King Henry IV of Germany in a dispute over the selection of bishops (see Emperors and Popes and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1793: France declared war on Spain.

1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa in "Palestine" (see also Where Is Palestine? and The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter).

1814: Napoleon, with 37,000 troops, defeated 90,000 Prussians the Battle of Craonne in France.

1821: The Austrians with a force of 80,000, trying to restore Ferdinand IV to the throne of Naples, heavily defeated a force of 12,000 Neapolitans under Pepe at the Battle of Rieti.

1876: Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), received a patent for his telephone. Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, invented the telephone (as he officially stated for the historic record) in Brantford, Ontario, Canada (the "Bell Homestead" is now a National Historic Site of Canada) after immigrating there from Scotland, and is buried in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia (Latin for New Scotland) near his retirement home there.

Alexander Graham Bell
1906: Finland became the first democratic country to give women the right to vote.

1912: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen announced the discovery of the South Pole.

South Pole
1912: French aviator Henri Seimet flew non-stop from London to Paris in 3 hours (see Who Was The First To Fly?).

1918: The Bolsheviks renamed themselves as the Russian Communist Party.

1926: The first transatlantic telephone call, London to New York.

1935: The Saar region was incorporated into Germany.

1936: Nazi Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles by reoccupying the Rhineland (on borders of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and France). Under the treaty, the region was to remain under control of the allied nations for 5 to 15 years after the end of the First World War (1914-1918), with Germany forbidden to militarize the area, but the last allied troops, the French, withdrew in 1930 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1942: The British evacuated Rangoon, after completing all essential demolition. The Japanese entered the city the next day.

1965: Police in Selma, Alabama used clubs and whips against 600 civil rights demonstrators.

1979: Voyager 1 arrived at Jupiter.

1986: Divers located the mostly-intact crew cabin of the Challenger space shuttle on the ocean floor.

Challenger
1989: Iran broke off diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's novel "Satanic Verses."

2007: The British House of Commons voted to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, fully elected.



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