“How long will you mourn for Saul, the rejected king? Fill your horn with oil and go to Jesse in Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons as Saul’s replacement.”
Samuel was usually surprised when he heard God’s voice. Never was he so glad to receive a message as he was now. But…”how can I go there? If Saul finds out what I’m doing he’ll kill me.”
“Take a heifer to sacrifice. That will appease anyone who asks.”
Samuel obeyed God’s directive and went to Bethlehem.
The elders of the town came to him as he approached. “Do you come peacefully?”
“Yes, I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Invite everybody to attend, especially Jesse and his sons.”
Everyone carried stones and wood to build an altar for the sacrifice.
Once the carcass was consumed by fire Samuel turned to Jesse. “Have your sons come before me. God has a special purpose for one of them.”
Jesse stared at Samuel, then looked at the elders. He motioned for his eldest son to approach the man of God.
Samuel watched the young man walk tall. A finer specimen of a man he’d never find. “Surely this is God’s choice.”
“Don’t look at his externals. I seek a pure heart. He’s not the one.”
Samuel lowered his eyebrows and tilted his head as the voice only he could hear echoed in his brain.
Samuel motioned for the next son of Jesse to come to him. God’s silence led him to see the next of the men until all seven in attendance had a chance to be seen by the prophet.
Samuel looked at Jesse. “I clearly heard God say one of your sons would be chosen. Is this all of them?”
Jesse cleared his throat. “Well, there is the youngest one, David. But, he’s out tending the sheep. He couldn’t be reached for this.”
Samuel sat down. “Send for him. I’m not leaving until I see all of your sons.”
Jesse turned to one of the hired men who watched the sheep occasionally. “Run, and send David here as soon as possible.”
The young man nodded and flew out the door.
Jesse and his sons mulled around the main room of the house until the front door opened. They parted from the middle of the room so Samuel could see David enter.
Samuel leaned on his staff as he stood. God’s voice was clear. “Behold, the next king of Israel.”
Samuel leaned his staff against the wall. He took his horn of oil and pulled the stopper off. He walked behind David. “Look up for your source of help and strength.”
When David tipped his head back Samuel anointed him with all of the oil from the flask.
Not a mouth was closed of all the witnesses in the room.
Okay, a show of hands, who else loves this story in the Bible?
That’s what I thought. It’s one of my favorite ones, too.
Any full-blooded Jew of that day wouldn’t have chosen David as a king of their nation. He was only three generations removed from a woman from the nation of Moab, Ruth; and four generations away from the prostitute from Jericho, Rahab.
The eldest son of a family was garnered most of the privileges. The eighth son would have nearly nothing left of the family estate.
Why would anyone think he’d be chosen to be a king? What made him stand out of all the people in the country and all the sons in that family?
Apparently Jesse and his wife put out quite a good-looking group of young men into the gene pool of Israel. Either one of them would have made it onto a magazine cover of that day. What was so special about this kid who was still a teenager at this time?
God explained it to Samuel when He rejected the eldest son. God looked at the heart of the individual as the most important trait He could use for such an important role.
So, let me ask you, where’s your heart at? What thoughts lead you into it’s next beat? What desires drive you to reach for the next skip of excitement?
Would you qualify for God’s person to lead a nation based on your heart?
He’s still looking, you know.
That’s right. It’s not too late to become a king or queen for God. He’s preparing a kingdom filled with leaders. Jesus will be the supreme ruler of this kingdom, of course. But, there’ll be more roles for rulers in this kingdom, too.
The most important trait of one of these leaders is you have to be a member of God’s family. An adopted member holds as much sway as a birth member. Jesus covered the cost of that adoption at the cross.
Another important aspect of one of these leaders is purity. I don’t mean you have to have been kept pure from your birth until you reach that kingdom. Purity of heart is what God sees. You can’t change the past. You can focus your attention on pleasing God with your life this moment, and the next one.
Are you seeking to make God happy that you’re one of His children, or, are you still seeking your own happiness? I’ve discovered that when a person seeks God’s happiness their own happiness is filled, too.
Faithfulness is another attribute of a godly leader. Is the foundation of your life firmly planted on the rock of the Bible’s teachings? Are you acquainted with it enough to know when someone is stretching it’s meanings the wrong way. Make a habit of studying it to guide your heart.
A leader without genuine love is merely a blow-hard. The greatest qualification we carry into this kingdom is the love we show and carry in our hearts. Does your heart break when you hear of an injustice?
I don’t know if I qualify as one of God’s rulers.
I do want to be in Jesus’ kingdom. How about you?
I’ll see you later. Wade