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Daily Manna 08th Apr 2020

Dear Subscriber,
Here is todays daily manna from Peter Pollock:

APRIL 8        
THE PEOPLE WANT A KING

Bible in a year:  1 Sam 10, 11, 12   Luke  9: 37 – 62

Scripture: 1 Sam 10:  6: “ Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man”

The story of Saul is challenging, to say the least.  Samuel, like Eli, had a couple of evil sons. They took bribes and perverted justice and certainly did not walk in the ways of their father, who was much admired and respected as the judge of Israel. He was getting old and the people were not interested in having these rebellious sons fill his shoes. “We want a king”- they demanded. Samuel was most put out until God put it all in perspective. “It is not you they are rejecting, but Me” explained God.  “They are doing to you the same as they did to Me all those years when I brought them up out of Egypt. They worship other Gods and have forsaken Me” said God.  Maybe this would have appeased Samuel a little but God commanded that he grant them their wish and God had already got someone lined up to do the job!  But Samuel did explain to them all the impositions that they would suffer when they installed a king. Kings are very demanding, was the essence of his warning! But the people would not budge. They wanted to travel this route, like all the nations around them.

God’s choice was Saul, a tall, handsome man and God lined up a whole lot of checks and balances as the process of installation got under way. Finally Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and Saul was promised that the Spirit of the Lord would come upon him and you will “prophesy and be turned into a new man”. God would be with Saul and he would be given another heart. Indeed Saul changed radically and it astounded the onlookers. He was amongst the prophets. Here was a changed man, prophesying and even displaying divine anger! Little doubt that this was God’s hand as Saul displayed true leadership qualities. Leadership is a gift, not an acquired asset. Sure you can learn to become a better leader than you are, but true leadership is God-ordained, highly recognizable and people follow. All was set up including a timely warning from Samuel to fear God and serve the truth “with all your heart”. If they did not obey then irrespective of gifts and birthrights, they would all be swept away, including the king!  Saul had been prepared but the future was in his hands, as it is with every single one of us!