The Lord God chose Israel for his own possession to be a light to the world, manifesting His glory among them, and blessing them with His goodness and love.
“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” Deut. 7:6,7.
From the moment the Hebrew children left Egypt, through the almost conquest of the promised land, and followed by 350 years of judges, they rebelled against their privilege, their blessing, their God and King. The book of 1 Samuel introduces us to a period of transition for the Israelites, in the which, they reject God as their King and choose men to reign over them.
“And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith thy have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do thy also unto thee.” 1Sam.8:7,8.
Samuel did as the Lord commanded in telling the people what it would mean to have a king other than God.
“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.” 1Sam. 8:19.
As I read this verse, I wondered at how soon they had forgotten their identity and all the times the Lord fought for them delivering them from their enemies, proving himself a worthy King. But then I stopped. How soon do we forget who we are and who our King is?
We, as followers of Christ, are a chosen people, special unto the Lord.
“But ye are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood,
an holy nation,
a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”1Peter 2:9,10.
As God did not choose Israel because of her numbers or strength, nor have we been called because of our own wisdom, strength, or goodness.
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called…
That no flesh should glory in his presence.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord…1Cor. 1:26,29-31;
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Eph. 2:8.
But how soon do we forget our privilege and blessing of being a child of the King of kings to follow the prince of darkness?
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the diving nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance;
and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness;
and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”2Peter. 1:4-9.
God’s choosing a people for himself does not exclude others. For His invitation goes out to all.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
You are special to God the Father. So special, He gave His only begotten Son to give you the opportunity to know the privilege and blessing of being His own. Two questions remain.
Have you taken advantage of your opportunity?
Who reigns in your life, the King of kings or the prince of darkness?
There are three main characters in First and Second Samuel. I plan to look into their lives next time, and hope you will join me as we continue walking with Jesus through the Bible. Thank you for stopping by and always feel free to leave comments or questions. May the King of Peace rule in your heart.