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March 30 - Morning

"The Lord said to Samuel, 'How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.'
But Samuel said, 'How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.'
The Lord said, ' Take a heifer with you and say, "I have come to sacrifice to the Lord."  Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.'
Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, 'Do you come in peace?'
Samuel replied, 'Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.'
Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice."

- First Samuel 16:1-5

Samuel Anoints a New King

Samuel continued to morn the failure of the monarchy and his rebuke of Saul long after the Lord had rejected Saul as king. Samuel may have thought all was lost since as a child, he had grown up in a dark and apostate nation, announced the rejection of the priesthood and had seen the destruction of the Tabernacle. Now, after years of service, teaching, counseling and leading Israel into an age of restored understanding and faith, Samuel had anointed, installed and instructed the king who was to lead the people of God. But, in the end, after all he had seen and done, Samuel had to reject the very man the Lord has chosen to lead Israel as a king. Now, the Lord speaks to Samuel to tell him all was not lost, because the Lord’s plan was moving forward.

God rebukes his prophet for being out of touch with what the Lord is doing and tells Samuel to refill his flask of oil and go anoint the next king. When Samuel is told to go to Bethlehem he rightfully fears Saul’s response if his intentions of anointing a new king are discovered. So, Samuel uses the semblance of officiating a local sacrifice as a cover for visiting one of the leading families of Bethlehem of Judah. Likewise, Samuel himself, the legendary prophet who has been the instrument of judgment on priests, kings, armies, communities and nations, causes the elders of Bethlehem to tremble when they meet him.

Samuel relieves the fear of the elders and the suspicion of Saul by announcing he had come in peace to sacrifice to the Lord. The elders are invited to consecrate themselves while Samuel himself oversees the consecration of Jesse and his sons. One of the sons of Jesse will be anointed as the next king of Israel. But, in such an age of darkness and fear it will not be an easy time to be king.
Chayah (Hb) – Live (Eng) – chayah is the Hebrew word that means “to live” or “to preserve alive.” In Deuteronomy 8:3 chayah is used to refer to living beyond physical survival or natural existence when chayah is compared to bread and the Word of God.
Do I live in such a way that honors God and brings glory to his Word?
I will act and speak in such a way that brings honor to the God I claim to serve.

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Increase spiritual hunger
Cape Verde Island
Cayman Islands

Hazor excavation site in 2012 under the leadership of Amnon Ben Tor.
A general outline of Ephesians chapter one.

Someone to Quote

"In Faith and Hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity."
- Alexander Pope

Something to Ponder

The staurogram was used by the early church when they wrote the Greek letter rho over the Greek letter tau. The tau is the "t" sound and looks like a cross or T. The rho is the "r" sound and is written like a P. When the P (rho) is written over a T (tau) the image is that of a man on a cross.
This pictograph representing a crucified man on a cross appeared in Greek manuscripts beginning in 150 AD in words like "crucify" and "cross."
(Details here; Image)

Here’s a Fact

Paul traveled from Philippi to Thessalonica by passing Amphipolis and Apollonia (Acts 17:1). The reason for Paul’s lack of evangelistic work in these cities may have been due to the fact that they lacked a significant synagogue and Jewish population. In fact, Luke says concerning their arrival in Thessalonica that “they came to Thessalonica where there was a synagogue of the Jews (Acts 17:1). Visiting Jewish synagogues upon his arrival into a community was Paul’s practice (Acts 16:13; 17:1, 10, 17; 18:4; 19:8; Romans 1:16)


"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up: a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat, a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress."
- Proverbs 30:21-23

Coach’s Corner

Emotions can be passed around. So, pass on joy and hope instead of anger and despair.

Deuteronomy 8:3
New International Version (NIV)
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Numbers 24
New International Version (NIV)
24 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times, but turned his face toward the wilderness. When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him and he spoke his message:
“The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor,     the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,

the prophecy of one who hears the words of God,     who sees a vision from the Almighty,     who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

“How beautiful are your tents, Jacob,     your dwelling places, Israel!

“Like valleys they spread out,     like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the Lord,     like cedars beside the waters.

Water will flow from their buckets;     their seed will have abundant water.
“Their king will be greater than Agag;
    their kingdom will be exalted.

“God brought them out of Egypt;     they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations     and break their bones in pieces;     with their arrows they pierce them.

Like a lion they crouch and lie down,     like a lioness—who dares to rouse them?
“May those who bless you be blessed
    and those who curse you be cursed!”
10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times. 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the Lord has kept you from being rewarded.”
12 Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell the messengers you sent me, 13 ‘Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the Lord—and I must say only what the Lord says’? 14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come.”
Balaam’s Fourth Message
15 Then he spoke his message:
“The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor,     the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
the prophecy of one who hears the words of God,     who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty,     who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:
“I see him, but not now;     I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob;     a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab,     the skulls of all the people of Sheth.
Edom will be conquered;     Seir, his enemy, will be conquered,     but Israel will grow strong.
A ruler will come out of Jacob     and destroy the survivors of the city.”
Balaam’s Fifth Message
20 Then Balaam saw Amalek and spoke his message:
“Amalek was first among the nations,     but their end will be utter destruction.”
Balaam’s Sixth Message
21 Then he saw the Kenites and spoke his message:
“Your dwelling place is secure,     your nest is set in a rock;
yet you Kenites will be destroyed     when Ashur takes you captive.”
Balaam’s Seventh Message
23 Then he spoke his message:
“Alas! Who can live when God does this?
    Ships will come from the shores of Cyprus; they will subdue Ashur and Eber,     but they too will come to ruin.”
25 Then Balaam got up and returned home, and Balak went his own way.
1 Samuel 10
New International Version (NIV)
10 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance? When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’
“Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.
“After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.
“Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”
Saul Made King
As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. 10 When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. 11 When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”
12 A man who lived there answered, “And who is their father?” So it became a saying: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place.
14 Now Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, “Where have you been?”
“Looking for the donkeys,” he said. “But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.”
15 Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.”
16 Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.
17 Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah 18 and said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.’ 19 But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.’ So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”
20 When Samuel had all Israel come forward by tribes, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. 22 So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”
And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”
23 They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others. 24 Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.”
Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!”
25 Samuel explained to the people the rights and duties of kingship. He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the Lord. Then Samuel dismissed the people to go to their own homes.
26 Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched. 27 But some scoundrels said, “How can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent.
Judges 1
New International Version (NIV)
Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?”
The Lord answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”
The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them.
When Judah attacked, the Lord gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek. It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites. Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.
Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.
The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.
After that, Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev and the western foothills. 10 They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath Arba) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai. 11 From there they advanced against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).
12 And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 13 Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.
14 One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”
15 She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.
16 The descendants of Moses’ father-in-law, the Kenite, went up from the City of Palms with the people of Judah to live among the inhabitants of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad.
17 Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonites their fellow Israelites and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyed the city. Therefore it was called Hormah. 18 Judah also took Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron—each city with its territory.
19 The Lord was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron. 20 As Moses had promised, Hebron was given to Caleb, who drove from it the three sons of Anak. 21 The Benjamites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites.
22 Now the tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel, and the Lord was with them. 23 When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz), 24 the spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Show us how to get into the city and we will see that you are treated well.” 25 So he showed them, and they put the city to the sword but spared the man and his whole family. 26 He then went to the land of the Hittites, where he built a city and called it Luz, which is its name to this day.
27 But Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land. 28 When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely. 29 Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer, but the Canaanites continued to live there among them. 30 Neither did Zebulun drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron or Nahalol, so these Canaanites lived among them, but Zebulun did subject them to forced labor. 31 Nor did Asher drive out those living in Akko or Sidon or Ahlab or Akzib or Helbah or Aphek or Rehob. 32 The Asherites lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land because they did not drive them out. 33 Neither did Naphtali drive out those living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath; but the Naphtalites too lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, and those living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath became forced laborers for them. 34 The Amorites confined the Danites to the hill country, not allowing them to come down into the plain. 35 And the Amorites were determined also to hold out in Mount Heres, Aijalon and Shaalbim, but when the power of the tribes of Joseph increased, they too were pressed into forced labor. 36 The boundary of the Amorites was from Scorpion Pass to Sela and beyond.

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