History does seem to rhyme. At the beginning of the week, we learned that Eli’s sons were taking advantage of the people. Now we discover Samuel’s sons are taking bribes from the people. The people rightly surmise that Samuel’s sons will not be their next leaders. In the past, God has appointed certain people to lead the Israelites. When the people obey God and listen to God through His chosen leaders the Israelites fare well. When they turn away from God disaster results. Today, rather than waiting for God they come to Samuel and ask him to appoint a king. They feel they need a hero. Samuel points out that when man chooses his heroes not only will that man fail, but he will take many things from them. Many of our heroes today fall into this category. A question to ask yourself, what kind of hero are you?
Yes, everyone has heroic qualities within them. There are many would be heroes, but they tend to be egotistical and self-centered relying only upon their meager abilities. Just as in Samuel’s time, the hero to be found will be David. A man who desires to serve the Lord and obey God’s law. Of course, we know David will fail occasionally, but we also know he turns back to God to seek forgiveness because of a humble heart. A humble heart is a person who seeks the best for others, even it means lowering a friend on a mat through the hole in the roof to seek help from Jesus.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen