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March 27 - Morning

"They (Saul and his servant) went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.

Now the day before Saul came,
the Lord had revealed this to Samuel:
 'About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people,
for their cry has reached me.'

- First Samuel 9:14-16

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Lord Chooses His First King for Israel    

As Saul and his servant looked for the donkey's that had strayed from his father's property in the land of Benjamin, the Lord had already spoken to Samuel to inform him that the man chosen by the Lord for the kingship of Israel would arrive at High Place of Gibeah (which is just five mile north of Jerusalem). Although Samuel had appointed his sons to judge Israel, the Lord had chosen Saul to rule Israel as a king. Saul's search for the donkeys was God's method used to move Saul into position to approach the prophet in order to inquire about the donkeys. At this point the prophet Samuel would anoint Saul and reveal to him the Lord's plan to appoint him as king over Israel.

The Lord's intention for the kingship of Saul was to deliver the people from the oppression of the Philistines. The people had cried out to the Lord for help. It would appear Samuel's leadership, instruction and example had brought the people to a higher level of insight and understanding concerning the Lord and their relationship with him. Teaching and knowledge always lead to greater understanding and insight which deepens a relationship with the Lord.

There would still be a lot of theological ground for Israel to recover since the damage caused by the period of the judges has taken Israel deep into the darkness of the Canaanite culture. Samuel had begun to lead the people back into the light of the Lord's truth, and now Saul would manifest an earthly order and implementation of the Lord’s will in order to bless Israel with an opportunity to understand and apply more of the truth that would be restored to them.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"A woman rushed up to famed violinist Fritz Kreisler after a concert and cried: 'I'd give my life to play as beautifully as you do.' Kreisler replied, 'I did.' Even nature teaches us that results require long, hard, patient, careful work. The Christian life is no different."
Something to Ponder??
Some Important New Testament Manuscripts
John Ryland’s Manuscript
Bodmer Papyrus
Chester Beatty Papyri
Codex Vaticanus
Codex Sinaiticus
Codex Alexandrinus
Ephraemi Rescriptus
Oxyrhynchos Papyri
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Zaqen (Hb) – Elder (Eng) – zaqen is the Hebrew word that means “old man,” “old woman,” “elder.” Zaqen is used in Genesis 18:11; Genesis 19:4; Joshua 6:21; and Jeremiah 31:13.
Zaqen can also refer to an office of leadership in a religious group or in a community as in
Joshua 23:2, 1 Kings 12:8 and Ezekiel 8:1.


In 586 Ezekiel prophesied that the fortress of the island city of Tyre off the coast of Phoenicia would be attacked and destroyed. The next year Nebuchadnezzer began his fourteen year siege (585-572 BC) of Tyre. But, not until Alexander the Great had his troops pile up dirt, stone and debris to build a 200-300 yard wide and a half mile long causeway from the coast out to the island of Tyre. In 332 BC the prophecy came to pass when Alexander drove his chariots and marched his troops out to the island just like Ezekiel had said 260 years earlier when he wrote:

  • Destroy the wall
    of Tyre (26:4)
  • Pull down her
    towers (26:4)
  • Scrape away her rubble (26:4)
  • Make her a bare
    rock (26:4)
  • Become a place to spread fishnets (26:5)
  • Bring horses, chariots and siege ramps to the walls of Tyre (26:8-10)

(Details here, here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I seek the Lord and use his blessings of organization and leisure to advance my relationship
with him and my understanding of his Word and his ways?
I will use the blessings of the Lord to advance my spiritual growth, insight and production.
  "Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love."
- Proverbs 27:5
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Numbers 21 1 Samuel 4 Joshua 16-17
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

The Eastern Gate (or, Golden Gate) of Jerusalem that was built around 640-705 AD by the last Byzantine ruler, or possibly the first of the Muslim
rulers. This gate was sealed in the 700s to prevent Jewish zealots from creating and promoting a messiahlike political figure to rally around. The Crusaders kept the gate blocked, but twice each year they would
unblock and open it for Palm Sunday in the spring and for a fall festival called “Exaltation of the Cross.” This gate has not been unblocked since the Crusaders lost control of Jerusalem. Below this gate is an ancient gate that could date back to the time of Solomon, but it has never been excavated. (Details concerning the ancient gate under this gate are here and a photo is here and here. Details concerning the Eastern Gate here)
(click on image for larger size.)
Watch Galyn's video below that details the eight gates of Jerusalem:

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Details of the Aramean army that was blinded by Elisha
in 2 Kings 6:8-23 at Dothan. (click on image for larger size)
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