Sunday Service, 19th Dec 10.30am
The people of Israel wanted a King like the other countries around them. God granted them a king, Saul, a man head and shoulders taller than others. The prophet Samuel was called to anoint him with oil and he was made King. Unfortunately, the new King allowed his pride to blind him, and he disobeyed God's commands. 1 Samuel 15: 11 says that the Lord grieved that he had made Saul King over Israel. In the next chapter the Lord says to Samuel 'I have rejected Saul as King. Fill your horn with oil and be on your way to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be King'.
Samuel went as commanded. His power was such that when he arrived in Bethlehem the elders of the town trembled when they met him and asked, 'Do you come in peace?' Samuel replied, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.’ At the sacrifice Samuel saw Jesse with his eldest son, Eliab, and thought surely this is the one. God said to Samuel 'Do not consider appearance or height, the Lord looks on the heart'. Jesse called each of his sons to pass in front of Samuel. None was given the nod until Samuel asked, ‘are these all the sons you have?'
Jesse replied, 'There is the youngest tending the sheep’. They were waiting to sit to eat the banquet set before the great man. Samuel said we will not sit until he comes. The Lord said to Samuel when the youngest, David, arrives, 'Rise and anoint him with oil; he is the one.'' The Lord had chosen David and Bethlehem.