Reflection on 1 Samuel 9:1-27

Scripture

In those days if people wanted a message from God, they would say, “Let’s go and ask the seer,” for prophets used to be called seers.

Observation

A wealthy and influential man named Kish finds that his donkeys have strayed. He sends his son Saul with a servant to find them.

After many days of searching, they cannot find them, so they go to ask Samuel for directions from the Lord.

The previous day the Lord had told Samuel that he would send a man whom Samuel was to anoint as King. When they meet, the Lord tell Samuel that this is the man.

Samuel invites Saul and the servant to a feast and then has them stay the night at his house. The next morning, Samuel sends the servant away while he shares a message from the Lord for Saul.

Application

In the Old Testament era, very few people had the Holy Spirit. The Spirit was given for specific offices – king, prophet, and priest.

While it was always God’s intention that people lived in close relationship with Him, this was not common in Israel. As a result, people would seek the advice of a seer or prophet if they needed a word from the Lord.

In the New Covenant. all believers have access to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit dwells in each one of us. We all have the opportunity to hear the voice of the Lord.

There may be times when we might need a special word from a prophet or other godly person, but any disciple who is walking with the Lord should be able to discern God’s will most of the time.

We should not be too eager to “get a word” from a prophet. This is a misuse of the New Covenant gift of prophecy.

Prayer

Thank you Holy Spirit for being my Counsellor and Advocate. Please help me to listen for your voice. Amen

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