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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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:
"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?
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.
Fact Finder: What connection is there between "anointing" and the Holy Spirit?
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).
1793: France declared war on Spain.
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.
1912: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen announced the discovery of the South Pole.
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.
2007: The British House of Commons voted to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, fully elected.