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January 17, 2017, 1:04 PM

Who Moved My Donkeys (From 1 Samuel Chapters 9 & 10)


1 Samuel 9:1 - 10:12  NAS Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.  2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.  3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, "Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys."  4 And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return, lest my father cease to be concerned about the donkeys and become anxious for us."  6 And he said to him, "Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out."  7 Then Saul said to his servant, "But behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread is gone from our sack and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?"  8 And the servant answered Saul again and said, "Behold, I have in my hand a fourth of a shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God and he will tell us our way."  9 (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he used to say, "Come, and let us go to the seer"; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.)  10 Then Saul said to his servant, "Well said; come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of God was.  11 As they went up the slope to the city, they found young women going out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?"  12 And they answered them and said, "He is; see, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come into the city today, for the people have a sacrifice on the high place today.  13 "As soon as you enter the city you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now therefore, go up for you will find him at once."  14 So they went up to the city. As they came into the city, behold, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the high place.  15 Now a day before Saul's coming, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel saying,  16 "About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he shall deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me."  17 When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, "Behold, the man of whom I spoke to you! This one shall rule over My people."  18 Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate, and said, "Please tell me where the seer's house is."  19 And Samuel answered Saul and said, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today; and in the morning I will let you go, and will tell you all that is on your mind.  20 "And as for your donkeys which were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father's household?"  21 And Saul answered and said, "Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?"  22 Then Samuel took Saul and his servant and brought them into the hall, and gave them a place at the head of those who were invited, who were about thirty men.  23 And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion that I gave you, concerning which I said to you, 'Set it aside.'"  24 Then the cook took up the leg with what was on it and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, "Here is what has been reserved! Set it before you and eat, because it has been kept for you until the appointed time, since I said I have invited the people." So Saul ate with Samuel that day.  25 When they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.  26 And they arose early; and it came about at daybreak that Samuel called to Saul on the roof, saying, "Get up, that I may send you away." So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.  27 As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Say to the servant that he might go ahead of us and pass on, but you remain standing now, that I may proclaim the word of God to you."  NAS 1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, "Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?  2 "When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, 'The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your father has ceased to be concerned about the donkeys and is anxious for you, saying, "What shall I do about my son?'"  3 "Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three kids, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a jug of wine;  4 and they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from their hand.  5 "Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying.  6 "Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.  7 "And it shall be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires; for God is with you.  8 "And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you should do."  9 Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.  10 When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them.  11 And it came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, "What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"  12 And a man there answered and said, "Now, who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb: "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

 

WHO MOVED MY DONKEYS? (Written By: Loraine Taylor  January 2017)

When your donkeys have gone and hid,

Seek the Lord, don’t flip your lid.

Perhaps It was God who bid them “go”

His way and plan we may not know.

 As you seek your donkey to find,                                                                                                    

this one thing please keep in mind.                                                                                               

Perhaps it was God who started this thing,

that in your loss, you may start to sing.

For who knows what he has in mind,

more than donkeys, he’ll help you find.

For it’s his ways to hid somethings,

so you’ll accept the treasures he brings.

Both big and little are in his hands,

No man knows all his plans.

Listen and learn when things go wrong.

Seek his face and learn his song.

Things don’t come as you think they should,

they may be hiding among the wood.

So look and listen, ask and seek,

Knowledge will come to all the meek.

For in times of distress, he’s always near,

He’s speaking to you, be still and hear.

The things he says are riddles you see,

Not always plain to you and me.

Pause and stop, kneel and look,

the donkeys you find near the brook.

I put them there so you would find,

the things I had on my mind.

To tell you there would make no sense,

You would deny and become all tense.

So I brought you away, your donkeys to find,

That I could tell you what’s on my mind.

Go get those beast and return to your home,

It’s not their fault they needed to roam,

My hand still rules from up on high,

to show my people that I am neigh.

To hear their prayers and needs supply.

It’s not may will that they should die.

The death of one who doesn’t know,

the love of God in open show.

Of little things, like donkeys found,

Returned home in health, safe and sound.                                                                              

So rest your case on me and find,                                             

I’m your God, I’m always kind.

 

 



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02-15-2017 at 9:17 AM
Tonya
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