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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

After God’s Own Heart

         Remember Jerusalem  June, 1967 

 As Samuel mourned Saul’s plight, God spoke to the prophet, “. . . How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?  Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite.  For I have provided Myself a king among his sons” (I Samuel 16:1).  It is interesting that Saul lost the kingdom and continued to hold the position of king for a time afterward; and, David was anointed king and remained a commoner for that same period of time.  How sad it is when a leader attempts to lead without the anointing and the driving current of the Holy Spirit.
            Peter speaks before the Jerusalem council, “So God who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us. . .”(Acts 15:8).  Says Matthew Henry of this chapter, “May we have the faith which the great Searcher of hearts approves, and attests by the seal of the Holy Spirit.  Then our hearts and consciences will be purified from the guilt of sin, and we shall be freed. . .” (Henry, MHCCOTWB, Page 1043).  What King Saul lacked in integrity Paul valued as his only hope.  Paul declares in II Corinthians 3:3, “Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tables of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

Henry, Matthew. Concise Commentary On The Whole Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson       
         Publishers, 1997.

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