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A New Light Dawns!
Why I, Dr. Bob Holt, MD, believe this to be a true story, and that God, or his Holy Spirit, can and does speak audibly to people, even now, over 3000 years later!
While I was in Jamaica with Eulis Jack Cates in 1984 and afterwards I got used to quite noisy church services in which people often prayed all together, and sometimes some of them were not speaking any known human language at all but some type of gibberish that no one present, including themselves, could understand. I had been taught in Adventist Church Schools that indeed such worship services were occurring in other churches outside Adventism, but that we Bible students, who knew the "Truth" and had the "Truth" should not participate in such activities. --- if we did -----
Devils would get into our minds and steal our souls, and it would become difficult, if not impossible for the Jesus and angels who we were certain daily visited our quiet, neat, and orderly schools and churches to save us. This was proved to us by teachers who were teaching us to memorize certain Bible texts that proved that WE, and no other religions in the world, had all the "Truth" that any of us needed to know. Sad to say, there are lots of other Bible texts that Pentecostal school kids are reading and memorizing that seem to prove to them that THEY, not Adventists, are much better off than we, because they, not we, have the Holy Ghost to teach them everything they need to know.
Well, as I think back now on the events of the mid-1980s it may be that what these Pentecostal school children were learning from their Bibles was just as valid as what we Adventist kids were learning! And just as valid as what young Samuel of Bible times was about to learn as he started to pay attention to what was happening to a youthful farm lad who lived in that corner of the land of Judah that once belonged to the Tribe of Benjamin. A tall awkward farm lad named Saul who met, and was conquered by
the Holy Ghost!
| 1 Samuel 9:1 "Now
there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel,
the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a
mighty man of power."
2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly; and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people."
3 And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses."
The story-line that keeps us as Bible readers interested and occupied for 1 Samuel 9:3 through 1 Samuel 10:27 is the search for, and finding of the asses of a Benjamite named Kish, a map of this search being displayed above, but as a part of this story Saul and Kish's servant find the house in which Samuel the Prophet is living. Samuel demonstrates for them that the Holy Ghost is aware of everything that is going on connected with their search for the lost asses, and also knows what will happen to Saul for the next few days in the future as the people will accept him as their new king.
1 Samuel 9:5 "And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was come with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us. 6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass; now let us go thither; paradventure he can shew us our way that we should go."
7 "Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God; what have we? 8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God to tell us our way."
9 "(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer:)
Samuel the "Seer"
not only knew they were coming, but also told Saul and his friend what would happen in great detail after they left his mansion on the hill."
1 Samuel 10:2 "When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachal's sepulcre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they shall say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?"
3 "Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet three men going up to God in Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: 4 They will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands."
5 "After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of PROPHETS coming down from the HIGH PLACE with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them, and they shall prophesy:
6 "And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man."
9 "And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all these signs came to pass that day. 10 "And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met them; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them."
1 Samuel 10:11 to 27 Continues on with the story of the public choosing of Saul the Benjamite, the son of Kish, the searcher for lost asses, to be the first king of Israel. When it came to be time for him to appear and accept this honor, he could not be found according to verse 21.
22 "Therefore, they enquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither. And the Lord answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff. 23 And they ran and fetched him thence; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward."
NEW TESTAMENT PARALLELS
BECAUSE LUKE IN ACTS 2 HAS CHOSEN TO USE "TONGUES OF FIRE" (AN "ELIJAH" PARALLEL) AND "SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES" AS ANOTHER EXAMPLE (NOT PROPHESYING) WE HAVE MISSED OTHER VERY IMPORTANT PARALLELS THAT HE, LUKE, AND THE OTHER GOSPEL WRITERS HAVE USED BASED MOSTLY ON KING SAUL'S
HOLY GHOST EXPERIENCE!
Having discovered, here in one place, 1 Samuel chapter 10, a regular "gold-mine" of parallel texts that all of the Gospel Writers other than Luke have apparently used as models to construct stories about Jesus, I looked once more at Luke, and found another! An even more impressive example!
But wait, we're not through here yet, because there's one bit of parallelism with 1 Samuel that all of the Gospel writers have adopted and used, that of God, clearly through his Holy Spirit not invisible this time, but appearing as a dove, Who spoke out loud and clearly, as this same divine entity spoke out loud and clearly to Samuel as a child in 1 Samuel 3.
FILLING IN THE BLANKS OF THE ACTS 2 PENTECOST
USING 1 SAMUEL 10
The 1 Samuel 19
HOLY GHOST PROPHETS CLUB!
As we read on past 1 Samuel 3, in which Samuel first hears the Holy Ghost calling him by name, and learns that he must show his willingness to listen to hear any more --
And past 1 Samuel 9 and 10, in which Saul, the son of Kish the Benjamite, is called by the Holy Ghost through Samuel to lead Israel as that country's very first king --
We come to 1 Samuel 11, in which Saul demonstrates his ability to rescue the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead from the threat of Nahash the Ammonite, and afterwards was truly accepted as king.
By 1 Samuel chapter 14, Saul's son Jonathan, who has become an expert archer, able to shoot arrows more effectively than any Isrealite of his generation, becomes the hero.
And by chapter 15, Samuel commands Saul to destroy Agag the king of the Amelekites along with his soldiers in the city of Amelek, which Saul was able to do with the Lord's help.
But Saul disobeys the Lord's instructions, as relayed by Samuel --
1 Samuel15:9 "And Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them; but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly." Samuel, after crying all night before the Lord, personally hacked the captive King Agag to death as Saul and his army watched. Then Samuel left Saul never again to meet with him in public. (1 Samuel 15:35) But Saul did later meet with a group of prophets, the companions and followers of Samuel, under very unusual circumstances, as we will discover in chapter 19.
1 Samuel 16 -- Samuel secretly annoints David to replace Saul as king of Israel. David introduced as an expert songwriter and harp-player. In an odd, out of sync story, he is chosen to be Saul's harpist, because Saul is afflicted by an evil spirit from God.
1 Samuel 17 -- The wonderful (an possibly dishonest) story of David slaying Goliath of Gath with a few small stones and a slingshot.
1 Samuel 18 -- The friendship of David and Jonathan begins, and David marries Saul's daughter Michal, paying Saul with 200 Philistine foreskins as dowry (Saul had only asked for 100).
As chapter 19 begins, Saul has decided to kill David outright, many attempts to kill him with a javalin having failed. Michal, David's new wife, warns David and persuades David to flee for his life, while fooling her father by putting an image in David's bed, and saying her husband was sick, and unable to move. She let David down by a rope out of her bedroom window. David fled then to be with Samuel in Ramah, and both Samuel and David move on to a place called Najoth.
the Holy Ghost makes
or re-makes yet another man!
Naked, as in the beginning!
|As with all these Bible stories, you, the reader, have the option to believe they are literal or symbolic, or indeed, not to believe them at all! Those readers who have never been overpowered by the Holy Ghost and been told later what they actually did or said while in this temporary condition may disbelieve that Saul was totally naked and saying and doing things he couldn't remember afterwards. Those who have had such experiences will have no problem believing this story. Literally! Dr. Bob Holt, MD|
| For almost
2000 years, the Holy Ghost, angels, and other Divine Beings have left
our Western World pretty much
alone, and turned it over to Constantine the Great, and his chosen
proxies, the Roman Catholic Church and her Protestant "daughters" to
administer and control. Anyone showing signs of contact with
Divine Beings or even worse, being controlled by Divine Beings, was
either quarantined and made a "Saint" or tried by the Inquisition and
possibly burned at the stake. By the 1800s most Christians had
forgotten, if they ever knew, what such experiences and people were
Such stories as King Saul's nakedness at Naioth
and King David dancing almost naked before the Ark of the Covenant, and thousands of his countrymen (and women and young girls) are in the Bible to remind those used to 2000 years of religious censorship and intolerance what used to be in Bible times, and can be once again!
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