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The Lord often chooses those whom we do not expect to be His servants. Think of Saul (Paul), Matthew (a tax collector), Peter (a fisherman)— and you.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 Samuel 16:1–13 (Listen)

David Anointed King

16:1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest,1 but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

Footnotes

[1] 16:11 Or smallest

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     1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. 2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD. 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. 4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

     6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 483 :
God of the Prophets

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1. God of the prophets, bless the prophet’s sons; 
Elijah’s mantle o’er Elisha cast. 
Each age its solemn task may claim but once; 
Make each one nobler, stronger, than the last. 

2. Annoint them prophets. Make their ears attent 
To Thy divinest speech, their hearts awake 
To human need, their lips make eloquent 
To gird the right and every evil break. 

3. Annoint them priests. Strong intercessors, they, 
For pardon and for charity and peace. 
Ah, if with them the world might, now astray, 
Find in our Lord from all its woes release! 

4. Annoint them kings; aye, kingly kings, O Lord. 
Annoint them with the Spirit of Thy Son. 
Theirs not a jeweled crown, a blood-stained sword; 
Theirs, by sweet love, for Christ a kingdom won. 

5. Make them apostles, heralds of Thy Cross; 
Forth may they go to tell all realms Thy grace. 
Inspired of Thee, may they count all but loss 
And stand at last with joy before Thy face. 


Hymn: LSB 682 :
God of the Prophets, Bless the Prophets’ Sons

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1. God of the prophets, bless the prophet’s sons; 
Elijah’s mantle o’er Elisha cast. 
Each age its solemn task may claim but once; 
Make each one nobler, stronger than the last. 

2. Anoint them prophets, men who are intent 
To be Your witnesses in word and deed, 
Their hearts aflame, their lips make eloquent, 
Their eyes awake to ev’ry human need. 

3. Anoint them priests, strong intercessors they, 
For pardon and for love and hope and peace, 
That, through their pleading, guilty sinners may 
Find Jesus’ mercy and from sin release. 

4. Anoint them kings, yes, kingly kings, O Lord. 
Anoint them with the Spirit of Your Son. 
Theirs not a jeweled crown, a blood-stained sword; 
Theirs, by sweet love, for Christ a kingdom won. 

5. Make them apostles, heralds of Your cross; 
Forth let them go to tell the world of grace. 
Inspired by You, may they count all but loss 
And stand at last with joy before Your face.