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Beneath the Surface

Do you have a tendency to judge people on their outward appearance? Is it easy to come to conclusions about a new person you have just met before really getting to know them? This is something we all do some of the time, even without thinking. What would be a principle to follow to help you to eliminate this kind of judging? Jesus was discussing with a crowd of Jews about the fact that they violate the letter of the law concerning the Sabbath. They would circumcise a child on the eighth day even if it was the Sabbath although it was considered work. He asked them the question, if you are doing this kind of violation because it is a good thing, "why should you be angry with me for healing a man on the Sabbath?"  Wouldn't that be considered a good thing? (John 7: 23) He wanted them to see how ridiculous it was to be picking out certain things that they considered work on the Sabbath that benefited them but not allowing other things that would benefit another on the Sabbath. …

Who Am I?

Israel had been asking Samuel to give them a king. They were tired of this judge's thing and so God told Samuel to respond to their request and anoint a person king. But the Israelites were spread over a large territory and there was no national register of names from which to choose. So, how could this happen? Saul was asked by his father, Kish, to "take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys." (1 Samuel 9:1) Saul did this without delay and searched a huge amount of territory before ending up at a city where Samuel was worshipping with the people. Saul went to Samuel seeking the location of his donkeys but God was using Samuel to anoint Saul as the first King of Israel. When Samuel told Saul who he was to become, Saul said, "I am only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe!" (9:21) Saul viewed himself as insignificant and unimportant but God saw him as the right m…