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April 23, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

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1 Samuel 10 (ESV)

Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the Lord anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you to be prince over his heritage. When you depart from me today, you will meet two men by Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah, and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys that you went to seek are found, and now your father has ceased to care about the donkeys and is anxious about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’ Then you shall go on from there farther and come to the oak of Tabor. Three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine. And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from their hand. After that you shall come to Gibeath-elohim, where there is a garrison of the Philistines. And there, as soon as you come to the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. Now when these signs meet you, do what your hand finds to do, for God is with you. Then go down before me to Gilgal. And behold, I am coming down to you to offer burnt offerings and to sacrifice peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, until I come to you and show you what you shall do.”

When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them. 11 And when all who knew him previously saw how he prophesied with the prophets, the people said to one another, “What has come over the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” 12 And a man of the place answered, “And who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb, “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.

14 Saul’s uncle said to him and to his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said, “To seek the donkeys. And when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15 And Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.”16 And Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel had spoken, he did not tell him anything.

17 Now Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah. 18 And he said to the people of Israel, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’ 19 But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’ Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your thousands.”

20 Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its clans, and the clan of the Matrites was taken by lot; and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found. 22 So they inquired again of the Lord, “Is there a man still to come?” and the Lord said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 23 Then they ran and took him from there. And when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 24 And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”

25 Then Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his home. 26 Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched. 27 But some worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?” And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

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  1. The Spirit of the Lord Will Rush Upon You

    In my sermon from Sunday morning,  I said, "The resurrection of Jesus will join us with Him for eternity and also gives us His Spirit internally."

    Romans 8:11 says, "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you."

    The Holy Spirit dwells in Christians, empowering us to overcome sin, convicting us when we do sin, enabling us to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow him and producing the fruit of the Spirit in us and the fruits of righteousness and godliness. 

    Without the resurrection, we would not have the Holy Spirit in us. 

    Jesus said in John 16:7, "Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

    The transforming work of the Holy Spirit is only possible because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

    In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would come upon people for a time and for a specific purpose but He did not take up residence in the bodies of those who followed God. Those of us who are born again are born of the Spirit. Before Christ, believers experienced the Spirit but after Christ, we have Christ's Spirit living in us. 

    1 Samuel 10:6 says, "Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man."

    Then 1 Samuel 10:10 says, "When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them."

    In his commentary on 1 Samuel, David Tsumura writes, "It is noteworthy that the phrase the spirit of the Lord (rûaḥ YHWH; also 16:13, 14; 19:9; 2 Sam. 23:2) appears in 1–2 Samuel only in connection with Yahweh’s anointed, that is, Saul or David (16:13). Likewise, later it departed from Saul (1 Sam. 16:14), and, in its place, the spirit of Yahweh for disaster came upon him (19:9). Thus, the spirit of Yahweh was given to His anointed that they might fulfill their responsibility as the representative of the people Israel and as the vice-regent of God.

    "The verb 'to rush' (*ṣlḥ) + spirit (rûaḥ) appears only in the stories of Samson (Judg. 14:6, 19; 15:14), Saul (10:6, 10; 11:6; 18:10), and David (16:13). The expression does not appear after 18:10. While the onrush of God’s spirit usually invigorated the hero’s martial spirits—'the hero experiences the spirit as an explosive surge of strength'—the present passage is concerned with endowing the power of 'prophecy'. Unlike the normal Canaanite practices, the phenomenon is not artificially manipulated; the spirit of the Lord will rush upon Saul of itself—predicted but not manipulated. Here, the spirit of the Lord functions as the means by which he takes ordinary people and makes them fit for his service. The onrush of the spirit of the Lord was necessary to dispel any doubts Saul might have of his choice and as a public demonstration that he was now the “prince.” The precise nature of Saul’s “prophesying” is not specified.

    Tsumura, D. (2007). The First Book of Samuel (pp. 287–288). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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