Monday, January 16, 2012

Make Known The Word of God

1 Samuel 9:27-10:8 (NRSV)

Samuel anoints Saul king

As they were going down to the outskirts of the town, Samuel said to Saul,

"Tell the boy to go on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here

yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God."

Samuel took a vial of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him; he said,

"The Lord has anointed you ruler over his people Israel. You shall reign over

the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their enemies

all around. Now this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you

ruler 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; they will say to

you, 'The donkeys that you went to seek are found, and now your father has

stopped worrying about them and is worrying about you, saying: What shall

I do about my son?' Then you shall go on from there further and come to the

oak of Tabor; three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there, one

carrying three kids, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carry-

ing a skin of wine. They will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which

you shall accept from them. After that you shall come to Gibeath elohim, at the

place where the Philistine garrison is; there, as you come to the town, you will

meet a band of prophets coming down from the shrine with harp, tambourine,

flute, and lyre playing in front of them; they will be in a prophetic frenzy. Then

the spirit of the Lord will possess you, and you will be in a prophetic frenzy

along with them and be turned into a different person. Now when these signs

meet you, do whatever you see fit to do, for God is with you. And you shall

go down to Gilgal ahead of me; then I will come down to you to present burnt

offerings and offer sacrifices of well being. Seven days you shall wait, until

I come to you and show you what you shall do."

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