SAMUEL - His role in the Greatest Story
Eli The Priest thought Hannah was drunk, 1Sam1:14, but she wasn't drunk "as he supposed". Like they weren't drunk on the
Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit arrived, and like perhaps Noah wasn't drunken as we have supposed when
he drank of the fermented wine after the Flood.
Hannah named him Samuel "because I have asked him of the LORD", 1Sam1:20. Similarly we find that
when Elisha wanted the double-portion of Elijah's spirit that it would only be IF he "saw him when he ascended
on high". 2K2:10. Until we SEE it in the Scripture for ourself, and ASK for the Holy Spirit, it won't be ours. The
Apostle Thomas wasn't present when Jesus showed the others the evidence of his hands and side, John20:20,
and he wouldn't believe their testimony, but declared he would have to see for himself. Precisely what I'm
thinking -- this is too important to just take somebody else's word for it -- I've got to see it in the Bible for myself!
Elisha stuck to Elijah and wouldn't let him out of his sight, though he knew Elijah would be departing. Surely if someone had a gift that we desired, we wouldn't go to someone else, would we?
Would you go to a synagogue or a mosque to find Salvation in Christ Jesus? How will you ever detect the counterfeit if you don't know the
document that they emulate?
Note that Samuel's lifetime divided the period between the
Judges and the Kings -- note also that his name is UNIQUE -- for
some strange or perverse reason none of the New Testament
children were given the notable names of Adam, Noah, Job, Samuel,
Ruth, etc. The repetitive names, like James or Joseph, stand in
contrast to this curious feature of Scripture. On a similar note, have a look at these Bible COGNITIVE names.
Just as Jesus is the Lamb of God and Son of God, as well as
the personification and exemplification of Truth, Life, the Word,
the Seed, etc., so Samuel is the personification and representation of the Holy Ghost. It's an Old Testament representation of a New
Testament reality! In the notable 'Witch of Endor' case, it is Samuel who
becomes "ghostlike" by being called up from the dead; making the case for this other name for the Holy Spirit.
The Book of Judges is pretty well categorized by the scripture"Every man did what was right in his own eyes",Judg17:6 and 21:25. It was like that during the Genesis (pre-Law) Period, and it's like today when people who haven't read or understood the Bible do whatever they think is right.
When it comes to the White Throne Judgement, they'll be judged for their behavior w/o the Wonderful Counsellor at their side!
After Samuel came on the scene, that all changed. He is the one who
introduces the anointing (think Christ) and period of the kings--and that's what happens in the New Testament too!
"There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death", Prov14:12, 16:25
(The name "Samson" may be thought of as "son of
Sam" [not a reference to the modern serial killer] in the
same way that Johnson, Davidson, Ericson, etc. are thought to
have been derived from a Scandinavian practice which took the
father's first name and added "son" to it. I include this
thought here because God knows the end from the beginning, Acts 15:18). SAMSON, meaning 'son of Samuel', is filled with the Spirit at various times.
The story of Samuel and how he came to be the one who
annointed the first two (2) kings of Israel begins in the Book of
1st Samuel. In order, he anointed Saul (1Sam10) and
then David (1Sam16:13). "By two it's established", Gen
"...He gave them Judges about the space of four
hundred and fifty years until Samuel the
Prophet. And afterward they desired a king: and
God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the Tribe of
Benjamin, by the space of FORTYYEARS."
Acts 13:20,21. (Saul's father's name is spelled
Kish in the O.T.) The New Testament confirms and authenticates
the Old Testament, and bases the logic (the defense) on what
happened back then. The New Testament explains what the O.T.
contains; orThe N.T. reveals
what the O.T. conceals.
See the pattern? Forty years for each of the three kings over
all-Israel -- forty for Saul, then the 40 year reign of David
(seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem; four verses
emphasize: 2Sam5:5, 1Kings2:11, 1Chr3:4, 29:27), and finally the
40 year reign of Solomon, 1Kings 11:42 -- just before the kingdom
divided into the two kingdoms: Israel or Ephraim to the North,
and Judah to the South.
Same pattern as in the life of Moses: 40
years in Egypt, 40 years in Midian, and 40
years leading Israsel. He died at the age of 120 (Deut34:7) and
didn't limit himself to the "threescore and ten" which
he wrote about for us in Psalms 90.
To get back to Samuel -- Saul had been rejected from being
king, but apparently didn't think Samuel had really heard from
the Lord, so he continued his reign and battled with David along
the way. Then, in 1Samuel28, after Samuel had died,
Saul went to consult with a woman who had a familiar spirit
(popularly known as the Witch of Endor), and persuaded her to
call up Samuel from the dead! Necromancy, is what Deut 18:11
calls it. The word "ghost" is not used, but incredibly
Samuel actually appears and confirms "from the dead"
that Saul's reign had been rejected in favor of David's.
His disobedience in failing to fully obey the LORD in the
matter of Agag, King of Amalek, and his not waiting on Samuel
concerning the burnt offering, are the reasons given for his
rejection as king. 1Sam28:18.
"The righteous perish and no man lay it to heart; merciful men are taken away,
NONE CONSIDERING THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE EVIL TO COME"- Isa57:1.
Folks (especially atheists) get horrified at a God who ordered the annihilation of the Amalekites, women and children
included, not understanding how the story is an allegory of ridding our lives of ALL sin. Remember these things are being
written "for our learning", and keep in mind that God's mercy endures forever and that "absent from the body is to be present
with the Lord". The natural man thinks "how horrible", but the believer understands how death may be preferable to living in a filthy,
nasty, perverted society! Even the swine knew enough to drown themselves when they were invaded by those wicked and ungodly spirits! Mt8:31.
Holy men of God spoke as
they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 1Pet 1:21
A. I wrote a book
about the kingdom.
Whatever the Holy Spirit hears, he
B. None of my words fall to the
The Comforter, which is the Holy
C. I respond to God's Word.
The Father gives the Holy Spirit to them
that ask. Lk11:13
D. My name means "Asked of
Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
E. To reject me is to reject
Holy Ghost baptizer. Matthew 3:11
F. I'm kinda ghostly.
Authority Mantle. 2K2:13
G. I wear a mantle.
Holy Ghost is a teacher. John 14:26
H. I'm a TEACHER.
We are Kings. Rev 1:6
K. I anoint kings.
Verses on the right, above, all refer to SAMUEL from the
Book of 1st Samuel.
We read with incredulity about Samuel hewing the Amalekite King Agag to pieces, 1Sam15:33, but the act fits the
logic and allegory of how Amalek is a type of Satan. All the little sins and demons that oppress us need elimination, and the final destruction of Satan is only a matter of time!
REPETITION: We hear the voice of God in calling "Moses, Moses", Ex3:4, and "Samuel, Samuel", 1Sam3:10, and in saying "Martha, Martha", Lk10:41, and "Saul, Saul" in Acts9:4. Repeating the name (Fig. of speech: repetition/redundancy for emphasis) found creatively in Scripture, plus the familiar "Eli, Eli" from Jesus on the cross. Mt27:46. Consider how this endorses the trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; because Eli was the priest to Samuel, and the New Covenant is the female (fruitful) covenant where the Holy Spirit operates.
Samuel first had to be weaned (growing beyond the milk of the Word). Then, when he heard the call, the priest Eli seemed to have a Word of Knowledge that
the call was from God, and told him to SPEAK (even w/o actually seeing anyone there). Now because of Acts2, Rom8, 1Cor12,14 and others, we learn how speaking
in tongues is the first evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Don't study what men have written about the Word -- read the Word for yourself!
Samuel's father had two (2) wives. Before Samuel was born, his mother Hannah, was called 'barren' (Similar to Sarah, Rachel, and the mother of John-the-Baptist), and was loved more than the other wife, 1Sam1:5. Curiously, it seems that Eli the Priest first met Hannah when he "marked her mouth" and thought she was drunk. No, it wasn't with lipstick, but it
did remind me of how they spoke in tongues on the Day of Pentecost and were accused of being drunk.
Scholars are fond of saying how the Bible was written by perhaps
forty different writers. Well, granted we have a lot of different
names to learn about, but Jesus is the Author,
Heb12:2, and since "Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the
Holy Ghost, I've come to understand that the real author of
Scripture is the HOLY GHOSTWRITER!
Necromancy (hearing from the dead) is spoken of as an abomination in Deut 18:10, yet the so-called
"witch of Endor" with a "familiar spirit" seems to lend authenticity to the phenomenon. Now even into the
21st century we find modern necromancers, fortune tellers, wizards, etc. who captivate the minds of those
who prefer man's lies and ignorance to God's Truth. Shysters and Charlatans and psychic devils!
Remember how Scripture says: Let US go down and confound their
language, and notice how the three members of the Godhead came down
in succession, and tie it to the verse in Deut25:6 concerning how
the firstborn would SUCCEED in the name of the dead brother. The Jews
now have been succeeded by those who are "firstborn of the spirit".
A study of the word "succeed", as used in scripture, will be rewarding.
The word "school" is not found in the Old Testament
though "college" is mentioned twice, and the group
called "sons of the prophets", 2Kings 2:3, are usually
considered to be from the school of Elisha and Samuel. Deut
31:10-13 refers. Verses on the right, above, are all from the
Book of 1st Samuel. Also, compare the verses 1Sam2:26
with Luke 2:40, being mindful of the triune godhead.
If, after all this, you still won't ASK for the Holy Ghost,
perhaps because you thought you didn't need to--that it came automatically
with the territory so to speak, you may die early (figuratively) along with
your own son, as Saul did. It was his disobedience in the matter
of Agag, King of the Amalekites, and not waiting on Samuel to be
there for the burnt offering, which led to his being rejected.
The word "ASK" is an acronym: Ask and keep on asking,
Seek and keep seeking, Knock until it opens for you! Matt7:7. Do NOT
run ahead on your own - - it's those who WAIT upon the Lord who will
rise up with wings as eagles. The disciples had been with Jesus for about three years when he told them
to "receive ye the Holy Ghost", without so much as a 'pretty-please' or 'if you feel so inclined'. Do we imagine that
we have more spiritual aptitude than they had??
Ask, Seek, Knock, is a type of english acrostic (acronym) in a 3,4,5 arrangement with each word ending in the
letter 'k'. A remarkable thing about 3, 4, 5 is that any multiple of those numbers produces a right triangle; useful in many types of design and construction.
The angle opposite the 3 is 30o and the angle opposite the 4 is 60o.