Today’s post is part one of two and will be shorter than normal in order to keep our journey with Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel from being too long. As each book of the Bible points us to Christ, revealing His character, authority, or office, 1 & 2 Samuel continues His revelation through Samuel and David. Today we look at Samuel.
He held the offices of prophet, priest, and judge. In this he is considered a figure of Christ who also is the Prophet, our Great High Priest, and our Judge.
“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto the, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him…Deut. 18:18;
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias, cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he…John 4:25,26;
Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.” John 6:14.
Jesus is that Prophet, revealing the glory of the Father and showing us all things that are to shortly come to pass.
“No man hath seen god at any time; the only begotten son, which is inthe bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John;” Rev. 1;1.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Heb. 4:14,15.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 4:16.
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son…John 5:22; And commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.” Acts 10:42.
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ…Rom 14:10; And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Rev. 22:12.
Jesus Christ is all the prophets declared him to be or He is none of it. Which of those mentioned in today’s blog do you cling to the most? Which would you be tempted to dismiss?
David also prefigures Christ as prophet, priest, and the anointed king. Not only did David and Christ share these roles but also the role of shepherd. Was it as a young shepherd he penned The Shepherd’s Psalm, or was it as an aged king looking over his life with the faithful Shepherd of his soul? This we will examine next time.