Christian Stories by a Minister's Daughter
Humor & Lessons in the Book of Samuel
I suppose that Samuel is my favorite book of the Holy Bible, particularly Samuel 1. There are so many lessons to be learned - so many humorous stories to be read.
Samuel Hears God
Samuel was still very young & was sleeping in the temple when the lamp of God had went out, where the Ark of God was kept. Three times he heard someone calling him & of course, assumed it was Eli - the priest. Eli had erred in not correcting his sons over their sins related to service in the temple - so when the lamp of God fizzled, to me this was symbolic of Eli's decrease and Samuel's increase.
Eli - physically blind at this point, realized that the Lord was speaking to Samuel & instructed him to return to his bed & listen to the message. This reminds us that the Lord speaks to us at times, yet we don't always listen. Sadly, Samuel's sons did not walk in God's light - much like the sons of Eli.
Philistines Steal the Ark of God
They should have known better but they just couldn't help themselves.... They not only stole the Ark, they put it where their pagan idol Dagon was housed! The morning after, they found Dagon had fallen on his face - on the earth - before the Ark of the Lord. So what did these genius Philistines do? They stood their lifeless idol back into place. The following morning, God had reduced Dagon to a stump. Next, bad things happened to the Philistines - smitten by God with infirmities. This reminds us that 'we shouldn't abuse what belongs to God' - whether it involves treasure or abusing our fellow man.
Tall King Saul
Saul was a towering man who went from meek to over-confident. Although anointed by God, Saul was liken unto a faux king; he wasn't a king true to God or God's plan. In the beginning of Saul's journey, he was so meek that 'he hid among the stuff' when it was revealed to the people that he was to be king. And when the people fetched him, he towered over the shoulders of the other people. That someone so tall had 'hidden' is quite humorous.
Saul Plays Priest
Poor Saul, his ego became so inflated that he assumed the duties of Samuel - offering the burnt offering before battle. When Samuel inquired, "What hast thou done?" Saul blamed it on the people. The people would continue to be his excuse for his the errors of his way.
Amalek, Sheep & Oxen - The Booty
God had instructed Saul to slay Amalek & all they owned. Instead, Saul decided otherwise & saved the best of the livestock as booty. What unfolds is quite humorous in verses 13 & 14 of the KJV:
"And Samuel came to Saul; and Saul said to him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord.
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"
And of course, Saul again blamed his actions on the people. But it was Saul who took something that didn't belong to him - rather to God. Whether it was performed out of rebellion, greed, or innocence - it was not his to take.
True King David
God sent a 'boy' to do a man's job - and David did it well. There are numerous humorous notes in Samuel regarding brave King David - the suit of heavy armor, standing in front of King Saul holding the head of Goliath, the 'harvesting' of 200 foreskins, and his wife Michal [one of Saul's daughters] creating a 'sleeping dummy' to save David's life from her father. Saul ordered that the bed be brought to him with David in it - so that he could slay him. God thought otherwise....
One of the greatest words ever spoken by David was when he was speaking about Goliath: "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
But I suppose my favorite incident involving King David in the book of Samuel was with Achish, king of Gath. David became concerned with his fate & feigned himself mad. He 'scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard' so that the king thought he was quite mad.
Samuel is a wondrous book - full of life-lessons that can apply, even today.....
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