There’s heaviness to the speech Samuel makes to the Israelites. He speaks of God’s gifts and gains that they had forgotten about. He weaves back the stories of His faithfulness and their wandering and forever wanting. Worst of all to this point in time, they asked for a king, and that essentially told God that they don’t trust Him to deliver.
We need to trust that God has and will take care of us and don’t start looking for our own kings, our quick fixes, our idols of worry. Be true.
God lets them feel the weight of that decision, but reminds them He was ALWAYS faithful for when they called out to Him “. and he delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around you, so that you lived in safety.”
The fiercest of warnings was then issued and Samuel showed them that even when the Lord has power in punishment, He is never going to turn away from loving them. Samuel says: “yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.”
Samuel reminds: “For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.”
Samuel would always pray, as we should, for the Lord’s people: “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”
Samuel weaves history into lessons. The wool of sheep is warm and can be woven for others to wear. We can see and take the warmth of the love of God and weave it back into His flock to SHARE THIS GODLY LOVE. Feel the weight of the wool as thick enough, strong enough, real enough to carry the people in life. KNOW the texture to apply to the situation. We can be weavers of lessons yes, but mostly we should share this weight of LOVE. Love is heavy, not always easy, but love anyway and have the burden be carried by the Lord. He was pleased to make us His own. He will clothe us in love. He will bring us home.
Let’s weave GOD’S LOVE today.
Samuel’s Farewell Speech (Chapter 12)
Samuel said to all Israel, “I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you. Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day. Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right.”
“You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied. “You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.” Samuel said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.”
“He is witness,” they said. Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the Lord who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your ancestors up out of Egypt. Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the Lord as to all the righteous acts performed by the Lord for you and your ancestors. “After Jacob entered Egypt, they cried to the Lord for help, and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your ancestors out of Egypt and settled them in this place.
“But they forgot the Lord their God; so he sold them into the hand of Sisera, the commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hands of the Philistines and the king of Moab, who fought against them. They cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned; we have forsaken the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths. But now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve you.’ Then the Lord sent Jerub-Baal, Barak, Jephthah and Samuel, and he delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around you, so that you lived in safety.
“But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, ‘No, we want a king to rule over us’—even though the Lord your God was your king. Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the Lord has set a king over you. If you fear the Lord and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God—good! But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.
“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes! Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call on the Lord to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the Lord when you asked for a king.”
Then Samuel called on the Lord, and that same day the Lord sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the Lord and of Samuel. The people all said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king.”
“Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.”