“The Lord Is Witness”

January 17, 2018

“The Lord Is Witness”

Blessings folk!

Saul was now king.
The people had what they wanted.

Now, Samuel was going to recount some things to the people.
But first, he wanted the people to consider how he had lived before them.

1Sa 12:1-7
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.

Samuel was at the end of his life, old and grey.

He gave the people opportunity to testify against him.
Was there any way that he had harmed any of them?
If so, he would make it right.

The people declared that he had not cheated nor oppressed them.
He had not taken anything from them.

Therefore, Samuel would now confront (interesting word) them with evidence before the Lord as to the righteous acts the Lord had done for them and their ancestors.

We will continue later.

For today, may we live before one another as Samuel did.