Friday, February 28, 2014
Turning back to the topic at hand, we find the Holy Spirit in 1st Samuel 19. A vengeful and demonically possessed Saul is seeking David to kill him. He has servants track David to Naioth in Ramah. The servants come upon a group of prophets led by an elderly Samuel, only to have the Holy Spirit come upon them and they prophesy rather than catch David, 1st Samuel 19:20.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Moving ahead, we reach the book of 1st Samuel. Samuel is an old man, and his sons turned out to be wicked. Because of this, and due to their constant disobedience toward God, the people demanded a human king to be their leader, rejecting God. God chose Saul, son of Kish to be Israel’s first king, and we find the Holy Spirit’s activity in the lives of His saints at the onset of Saul’s career as king. “The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you (Saul), and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man,” 1st Samuel 10:6. And that was exactly how it happened; Samuel’s prophetic word to Saul was quickly fulfilled.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Finally our trip through Judges brings us to the person of Samson. Samson’s supernatural strength had nothing to do with the fitness of his body, but with his Nazarite vows and his faith in God. Of the latter, we know that Samson did indeed have a strong trust in the Lord despite the carnality of his lifestyle, Hebrews 11:32. Samson had the Holy Spirit come upon him “mightily” for exploits of heroism that defy human explanation, and are thusly ridiculed by humanistic, atheistic commentators.