Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of February

Feb 11, 2019 by

Verses:

1 Sam. 1:11 “And she made a vow and said, O Jehovah of hosts, if You…give to Your female servant a male child, then I will give him to Jehovah for all the days of his life, and no razor will come upon his head.”

 

Excerpts:

Samuel knew that within God’s heart there was a desire for a kingdom. God wanted the kingdom to be brought in not through Samuel but through David. If you had been Samuel, would you have given any ground for someone to match you or be above you? Samuel was pure and single. He was a Nazarite according to his mother’s vow and was altogether not self-seeking. He never sought to gain anything for himself. He had no heart for anything besides God and God’s elect.

 

God loved Israel, and because God’s heart was duplicated in Samuel, Samuel did not care for his own interest or gain. In such a situation it was easy for God to bring in the kingdom. Samuel was absolutely for God. He was happy to go wherever God wanted him to go and to do whatever God wanted him to do. He was a man according to God, a man according to God’s heart. Therefore, he was a man whom God could use to carry out His economy. Many people have a high character, but they are just for themselves, their enterprise, and their kingdom. They are not for God’s kingdom. Samuel was not only high in character; he was high in the Nazarite vow.

 

A Nazarite does not need rushing power; rather, a Nazarite needs a heart that is a reflection of God’s heart. Although it was not easy for Samuel to stand for God in his particular environment, he cared for God’s interest and he turned the age. (Life-study of 1 & 2 Samuel, msg. 7)

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