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The Words of Our Elders: C Christopher Smith

“In Western culture, we are also profoundly shaped by the ethics of individualism. We learn early on to follow our own stories wherever they may lead us. We hear a lot these days about capital-S Story, about the power of story, about crafting more exciting and more meaningful life stories, and so on. The metaphor of story is a resonant one, but there are some pitfalls to be aware of too. The first potential pitfall is that we can judge ourselves too harshly when things don’t go as planned. There is so much we can’t anticipate about the arc of our lives that we necessarily spend a lot of time and energy responding to fate rather than mastering it, being shaped by life rather than shaping it. Instead, we need to learn to hold loosely to our scripts because we’re not the sole authors of our stories.”

~ C Christopher Smith

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

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Spiritual Intelligence: The Strength Of Israel Will Not Lie Nor Relent!

But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”

And as Samuel turned around to go away, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore.

So Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.

And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.”

The plan of God for humanity cannot be delayed or held to ransom by man, governments, institutions or spiritual forces. Hence He boldly declared through the prophet Samuel at a time when it seemed like all was over; “the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.” Although these words were directed to king Saul, ultimately dear friends, it was an edict to the kingdom of darkness at a time when the devil thought he had scored vital points against God. At a time when the host of hell thought they had succeeded in derailing the plan of God for our redemption!

Good morning friends. In the spirit of types, shadows, metaphors and symbols, our opening passage prophetically points to the rejection of our lord Jesus by His own, and the new covenant with non Jews (Gentiles). In the writings of John, Jesus is described as the word that was made flesh, that dwelt among men. With this in mind we have a better understanding of Samuel’s statement;

I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.

So John continued in the spirit of prophecy and revelation;

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And in the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving, I join the host of heaven in worship singing a new song ;

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

Amen.

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~ Sabali