Re:Verse passage – 1 Samuel 16:5-13 (day three)

“[Samuel] said, ‘In peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’”

There’s a reason Samuel took time to speak of peace when he arrived in Bethlehem. Saul had turned the nation into an extension of his paranoid patterns of thinking and acting. Surveilling the populace, using informants, exterminating people on trumped up charges of disloyalty – these tactics had given rise to an ethos of suspicion and distrust that blanketed Israel with fear. Into that dark night came Samuel with the sober, steady promise of a new day – one which would prove hard-fought, but which would nonetheless provide Israel with a glimpse of what a Savior would one day do for a world cloaked in fear. David would become a metaphor by which believers would understand the Christ’s office of King of kings. The peace of Samuel anticipated the Prince of peace.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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