To Be Like Others

In the yore-laden days of old
Israel was led by prophets bold
Divine mouthpieces they were
The Word came to them crisply clear
These prophets had only one rule
God’s will was their governing tool
Israel was deeply unhappy with this
Being ruled by Divine Decree was not bliss
Neighbours were better-heathen kings wiser
With their smart kings and cunning courtiers
So began the murmuring campaign of doubters
To depose Samuel the prophet and be like others
Samuel wept on the altar of his integrity
For he had led and directed with gravity
God said it was Him Israel had rejected
Could they not see He was their King
With Samuel acting as His life Regent?
What a reason to dethrone God for?
And spark a revolution against His authority
Emulation’s vice overthrew God’s Viceroy
For the trifle of aping other nations
Church means called out from the World
Copying heathen proves you are not called
Be not conformed to carnal uniformity
Follow Him that separated Light from darkness
And you will be part of the Word-Bride Unity

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David Anointed

After Saul’s debacle when he stumbled at presumption’s obstacle
God rejected him as king and found another under his wing
A man whose heart will follow Him like a hart panting for water

God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and anoint a king
Samuel feared for his life, if Saul discovered-this would be treasonable strife
God gave him an artifice-for an alibi he called for a sacrifice
And invited Jesse’s sons to discover the one to be anointed
The new king-elect of Israel for he will wait till Saul’s crown falls down

When Samuel approached Bethlehem, townsmen trembled
Such was the aura of prophets, had he come to bless or curse?
Was there sin in the camp that would bring judgement, ruin and loss?
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Saul’s Debacle

Saul fought many battles and for the most part he sought
The will of God at the start lest the military campaign be a dud
Yet he was patently presumptuous-a fact that becomes clear to us
This proved to be his Achilles heel, his spiritual banana peel

Israel was at war with the philistines whose enmity had no remedy
Saul mobilized his forces-plenty footmen but hardly any horses
The troops were to wait in Gilgal for seven days
For then Samuel would arrive and pray for the warriors to thrive
This schedule was agreed with Saul who saw no need to argue

The people waited loyally till the seventh day and began to melt away
Saul fearing desertion decided to usurp Samuel’s function
He would offer sacrifices and prayers to kick start the battle
This he did with relish-till Samuel appeared

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Saul’s Ascension

The son of Kish was selected to be the king of Israel
He was to be the first monarch and he towered over the rest
Head and shoulders above in height, a giant from a family slight
In fame and reckoning-for he was only a Benjaminite

Saul’s father lost his asses and sent Saul and servants to find them
For days they travelled through twisting turns and winding ways
And found them not-all their striving was for naught
Then they decided to inquire from the prophet
It was Israel’s custom-the ‘hard to fathom’ was referred
To Samuel, the mighty seer that had the ear of God

God was working on other side of the line too
He told Samuel to expect to see the man to be anointed King
And told him his mission and the tidings he would bring
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Samuel: A Prophet Rejected

Samuel’s sons were wild and wayward souls
He appointed them judges but they were lucre’s stooges
Perverting justice for the bounty of bribes
They soon earned the scorn of all Israel’s tribes

Israel wanted a new administration to lead her
No more of the prophet and his dubious seed
They wanted a king like neighbouring nations
A hereditary monarch might lack the knack for lucre

It was a bad excuse and a lame one to use
For kings and princes can be lit by avarice’s fuse
For administrative misdeeds she rejected Divine leadership
Turned aside from God’s Provided way because a few made hay
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Samuel’s Revival

One day the child-prophet heard God’s voice
It came as he began to sleep and stars started to peep
He thought it was the call of Eli who was the only one nigh
Thrice he went, by the third Eli realized the call was from on high
And told him to reverently respond for it was God’s voice

The voice of God was scarce in those days
Visions were few and there was no major prophet to rue
The evil deeds of people or minister to their spiritual needs
The merciful God gave that age a guiding light
Samuel was called to save Israel from her blind plight

He grew and flourished in the prophetic ministry
Teaching the laws of God and judging matters with the Word
He was a circuit preacher, toiling for God-not to be richer
His annual prophetic tour was to four cities in Israel
Samuel’s court was sought after in Bethel, Gilgal, Mizpeh and Ramah
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Hannah: Sows In Shiloh, Reaps In Ramah

The woman from Ramah was praying in silent anguish
Tears flowed down rapidly at first then slowed
Around her lips, grounded by a wordy stream
From her heart that poured out from the body part
Called the mouth in noiseless, rippling prayer

Eli the priest was seated in the Shiloh Tabernacle
Diligent at his duty post as the keeper of Divine Oracles
He saw the woman mouthing inaudible nothings
What! Another phoney first from the Hophni generation?
A drunken reveler babbling in the place of consecration?

He approached Hannah with a sarcastic admonition
Hannah did not erupt at the false accusation
She demurred and explained her childless situation
For her humility Eli blessed her with supernatural possibility
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