A Job Well Done

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“God does not honor shoddy workmanship, so do it well and do it right the first time”~TB

Half Baked

Do not expect to pass your tests with half-baked efforts. God isn’t fooled and He knows that you’re capable of quality workmanship. When you seek half-truths to justify your laziness, you fall prey to fellow shoddy workers looking to steal from honest people, claiming their work is up to snuff. Friends, don’t be lazy. If you have God-given talents, work to the best of your ability. When you don’t, you become stuck in a cycle of dishonesty and turbulence, as you cling desperately to the lies you tell yourself to comfort your existence. God will not bless mediocrity. Get to work.

Repeat Offenders

Examine your life regularly. In doing so, you begin to see the patterns of your life. The honest worker can trace the fruits of their labors and will rest peacefully each night knowing they did a job well done. The lazy worker has to toss and turn in unrest, searching for excuse after excuse to justify their pitiful offerings. If your life is someone else’s fault, it’s time to examine your heart, efforts, and relationship with Christ. When you have an honest relationship with the Lord, He will gently reveal the inequities in your life. Do the work and reap the wonderful relationship with our Father in Heaven.

Today’s Question

Are you doing a job well done or are the lies you spin well done?

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Psalm 98

1 Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! 
2 The LORD has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation! 
3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel. The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. 
4 Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! 
5 Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, 
6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King! 
7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the earth and all living things join in. 
8 Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy 
9before the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.

Serve

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It is the highest honor to serve God’s people. Jesus did so even in His last breath.”~TB

Weak

To the foolish, turning the other cheek, and helping others are seen as weak and pointless. Oh, but what a joy it is to serve the Lord! It is better to suffer the opinions of the dumb and be a delight to God. Or do you not remember what Jesus did for His disciples before the Last Supper?

Strong

The wise understand that submission and service are the pearls of God.  Friends, it takes discipline to be obedient. It is not for the faint of heart. So be joyful in your labor for the Lord as you know where your true reward lies. The foolish have their own reward, so do not copy them.

Today’s Question

Are you willing to rise to the occasion of serving the Lord and His people?

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Psalm 82

1 God presides over heaven’s court; he pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings: 
2 “How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favoring the wicked? Interlude 
3 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. 
4 Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. 
5 But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! They wander about in darkness, while the whole world is shaken to the core. 
6 I say, ‘You are gods; you are all children of the Most High. 
7 But you will die like mere mortals and fall like every other ruler.’” 
8 Rise up, O God, and judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you.

Hear

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“People hear what they want to hear to satisfy their aching, itchy ears for lies, loopholes, and worldly ideas of seduction to abdicate themselves from God’s throne of righteousness.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Seduction

We tend to listen with all of our senses shut down so that our minds can trick our hearts into believing other solutions that are wrong and not of God.  The lust of our eyes will salivate our taste buds to drip like a dog in heat, ready to take what is not ours to have.  Our minds can shut down all functions, like the government, to prove a personal, passionate point, with the silence of God’s thoughts and fullness of wickedness.  What’s your excuse?

Abduction

When you allow the devil to shut down your central nervous system, there is no way to feel the pain of being disobedient to God and His Loving Commandments that are designed to protect you.  Drunken in your own selfish, super, stoop-per, stupidity becomes your best friend.  The abduction is complete and you are not fully deaf, dumb, and blind to God’s Truth.

Abdication

In God, you are a member of the royal family and you must not give up your responsibility to do your duty in carrying out God’s commandments with honor, justice, truth, and love.  Your faith means nothing, with your voluntary, contradictory behavior that is the opposite of God’s laws. Perhaps you didn’t hear what I heard, see what I saw, or fell what I felt, or know what you should have known.
Today’s Question
Did you give up your position in God with no possibility of getting it back, like many who will follow the devil to hell?
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Psalm 20 

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
    May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
May he send you help from his sanctuary
    and strengthen you from Jerusalem.[a]
May he remember all your gifts
    and look favorably on your burnt offerings. Interlude
May he grant your heart’s desires
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
    and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers.
Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king.
    He will answer him from his holy heaven
    and rescue him by his great power.
Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
    but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
Those nations will fall down and collapse,
    but we will rise up and stand firm.
Give victory to our king, O Lord!
    Answer our cry for help.
Love,
 
Jonathan

Context

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“People say things that are true but out of context to prove or bully a fake point that is not real and the untruth of their assertions are riddled with the contempt of lying lips, false prophets, fake motives, and their false profits.” ~  Jon Barnes

Statements

Truthful statements in the mouth of a liar hold no value since their motives are used for ill-gotten gain, ignorance, and corruption. But God uses the stupidity of evil and their story to show the full scope of His Glory.  We can clearly see The Good based on evil facts and stories of old and our understanding is turned into Godly wisdom from the scriptures of History.

Scriptures

The devil knows that he and all the evil people are going to hell and he continues to play with the minds of fake Christians, who are evil pretending to be good.  The wicked are on the same team.  They memorize scriptures but attach fake meanings to them in their hearts, minds, and actions. As we all grow together, God will separate the few true believes from the many fake hypocritical ones.

Understanding

God gives us understanding by allowing us to see, hear, read, and experience the trial and closing arguments of both sides in the open court of the Bible.  As Supreme Judge, God knows the Truth and Fate of all parties, from the beginning of time and forever.  It is in this context we all play our parts, make our beds, and lying in them.
Today’s Question
Are you lying in bed, lying to God, in the Supreme Court of His Universe and how do you plan to escape from The Wrath of God?
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Job 19 

Job’s Sixth Speech: A Response to Bildad

19 Then Job spoke again:
“How long will you torture me?
    How long will you try to crush me with your words?
You have already insulted me ten times.
    You should be ashamed of treating me so badly.
Even if I have sinned,
    that is my concern, not yours.
You think you’re better than I am,
    using my humiliation as evidence of my sin.
But it is God who has wronged me,
    capturing me in his net.[a]
“I cry out, ‘Help!’ but no one answers me.
    I protest, but there is no justice.
God has blocked my way so I cannot move.
    He has plunged my path into darkness.
He has stripped me of my honor
    and removed the crown from my head.
10 He has demolished me on every side, and I am finished.
    He has uprooted my hope like a fallen tree.
11 His fury burns against me;
    he counts me as an enemy.
12 His troops advance.
    They build up roads to attack me.
    They camp all around my tent.
13 “My relatives stay far away,
    and my friends have turned against me.
14 My family is gone,
    and my close friends have forgotten me.
15 My servants and maids consider me a stranger.
    I am like a foreigner to them.
16 When I call my servant, he doesn’t come;
    I have to plead with him!
17 My breath is repulsive to my wife.
    I am rejected by my own family.
18 Even young children despise me.
    When I stand to speak, they turn their backs on me.
19 My close friends detest me.
    Those I loved have turned against me.
20 I have been reduced to skin and bones
    and have escaped death by the skin of my teeth.
21 “Have mercy on me, my friends, have mercy,
    for the hand of God has struck me.
22 Must you also persecute me, like God does?
    Haven’t you chewed me up enough?
23 “Oh, that my words could be recorded.
    Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,
24 carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead,
    engraved forever in the rock.
25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and he will stand upon the earth at last.
26 And after my body has decayed,
    yet in my body I will see God![b]
27 I will see him for myself.
    Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
    I am overwhelmed at the thought!
28 “How dare you go on persecuting me,
    saying, ‘It’s his own fault’?
29 You should fear punishment yourselves,
    for your attitude deserves punishment.
    Then you will know that there is indeed a judgment.”
 
Love,
 
Jonathan

Challenge

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Balancing protocols and walls can be challenging in your life when God is trying to move you in a new direction to improve your focus.” ~ Jon Barnes

Let

Letting God do something new in you life takes a risk of being uncomfortable, wrong, open, and uncertain, since tradition brings comfort, access, and identity.  New directions from God happens everyday when we follow Him in the path He sets. Obedience is still required by faith and it is new every morning.  Let God’s new love work just like His old love of yesterday, which is still the same today.

Changes

Methods, styles, emotions, and perceptions are subject to changes but the facts of God’s Love and His Commandments remain the same. Creativity has room for growth, investigation, and study, but the standards can be used as creative tools for improvement, explanation, insight, and depth. God’s standard content will never change along with His Love for His children and message of salvation.

Improve

Let challenges improve your life with God by maintaining motives of love as a focus of correction and advancement. Your service to God is honored by humility, long-suffering, kindness, gentleness, patience, meekness, joy, and love. We can all appreciate acts of love and kindness, as we obey what God wants us to do, but correction can bring long-suffering in the learning process. Let love guide you through the required maintenance of the day.
Today’s Question
Did you know maintenance comes at a cost?
 
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1 Samuel 20 

Jonathan Helps David

20 David now fled from Naioth in Ramah and found Jonathan. “What have I done?” he exclaimed. “What is my crime? How have I offended your father that he is so determined to kill me?”
“That’s not true!” Jonathan protested. “You’re not going to die. He always tells me everything he’s going to do, even the little things. I know my father wouldn’t hide something like this from me. It just isn’t so!”
Then David took an oath before Jonathan and said, “Your father knows perfectly well about our friendship, so he has said to himself, ‘I won’t tell Jonathan—why should I hurt him?’ But I swear to you that I am only a step away from death! I swear it by the Lord and by your own soul!”
“Tell me what I can do to help you,” Jonathan exclaimed.
David replied, “Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival. I’ve always eaten with the king on this occasion, but tomorrow I’ll hide in the field and stay there until the evening of the third day. If your father asks where I am, tell him I asked permission to go home to Bethlehem for an annual family sacrifice. If he says, ‘Fine!’ you will know all is well. But if he is angry and loses his temper, you will know he is determined to kill me. Show me this loyalty as my sworn friend—for we made a solemn pact before the Lord—or kill me yourself if I have sinned against your father. But please don’t betray me to him!”
“Never!” Jonathan exclaimed. “You know that if I had the slightest notion my father was planning to kill you, I would tell you at once.”
10 Then David asked, “How will I know whether or not your father is angry?”
11 “Come out to the field with me,” Jonathan replied. And they went out there together.12 Then Jonathan told David, “I promise by the Lord, the God of Israel, that by this time tomorrow, or the next day at the latest, I will talk to my father and let you know at once how he feels about you. If he speaks favorably about you, I will let you know. 13 But if he is angry and wants you killed, may the Lord strike me and even kill me if I don’t warn you so you can escape and live. May the Lord be with you as he used to be with my father. 14 And may you treat me with the faithful love of the Lord as long as I live. But if I die, 15 treat my family with this faithful love, even when the Lord destroys all your enemies from the face of the earth.”
16 So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David,[a] saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!” 17 And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.
18 Then Jonathan said, “Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival. You will be missed when your place at the table is empty. 19 The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid before, and wait there by the stone pile.[b] 20 I will come out and shoot three arrows to the side of the stone pile as though I were shooting at a target. 21 Then I will send a boy to bring the arrows back. If you hear me tell him, ‘They’re on this side,’ then you will know, as surely as the Lord lives, that all is well, and there is no trouble. 22 But if I tell him, ‘Go farther—the arrows are still ahead of you,’ then it will mean that you must leave immediately, for the Lord is sending you away. 23 And may the Lord make us keep our promises to each other, for he has witnessed them.”
24 So David hid himself in the field, and when the new moon festival began, the king sat down to eat. 25 He sat at his usual place against the wall, with Jonathan sitting opposite him[c] and Abner beside him. But David’s place was empty. 26 Saul didn’t say anything about it that day, for he said to himself, “Something must have made David ceremonially unclean.” 27 But when David’s place was empty again the next day, Saul asked Jonathan, “Why hasn’t the son of Jesse been here for the meal either yesterday or today?”
28 Jonathan replied, “David earnestly asked me if he could go to Bethlehem. 29 He said, ‘Please let me go, for we are having a family sacrifice. My brother demanded that I be there. So please let me get away to see my brothers.’ That’s why he isn’t here at the king’s table.”
30 Saul boiled with rage at Jonathan. “You stupid son of a whore!”[d] he swore at him. “Do you think I don’t know that you want him to be king in your place, shaming yourself and your mother? 31 As long as that son of Jesse is alive, you’ll never be king. Now go and get him so I can kill him!”
32 “But why should he be put to death?” Jonathan asked his father. “What has he done?”33 Then Saul hurled his spear at Jonathan, intending to kill him. So at last Jonathan realized that his father was really determined to kill David.
34 Jonathan left the table in fierce anger and refused to eat on that second day of the festival, for he was crushed by his father’s shameful behavior toward David.
35 The next morning, as agreed, Jonathan went out into the field and took a young boy with him to gather his arrows. 36 “Start running,” he told the boy, “so you can find the arrows as I shoot them.” So the boy ran, and Jonathan shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy had almost reached the arrow, Jonathan shouted, “The arrow is still ahead of you. 38 Hurry, hurry, don’t wait.” So the boy quickly gathered up the arrows and ran back to his master. 39 He, of course, suspected nothing; only Jonathan and David understood the signal. 40 Then Jonathan gave his bow and arrows to the boy and told him to take them back to town.
41 As soon as the boy was gone, David came out from where he had been hiding near the stone pile.[e] Then David bowed three times to Jonathan with his face to the ground. Both of them were in tears as they embraced each other and said good-bye, especially David.
42 At last Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn loyalty to each other in the Lord’s name. The Lord is the witness of a bond between us and our children forever.” Then David left, and Jonathan returned to the town.[f]
 

Love,

Jonathan

Mountains

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Climbing mountains requires good health, physical strength, mental toughness, balance, and common sense to see the path God wants you to take for your life.” ~ Jon Barnes

Rocks

Stepping onto each rock, as you begin the journey teaches you how to pay close attention to what God is teaching you. All of your senses are needed to make the trip and you must rest and eat properly on the way. Things could be hiding in the rocks so you look ahead for potential danger on your travels.

Camera

Take pictures of when you start, during the journey, and at the top so that you can compare, contrast, learn and teach the ways of God’s movements in your life to the next generation. Share the pictures of your stories, hopes, and dreams to help them see the light of God in your life. Explain why each step was critical and many times, God spared your life because of your obedience and faithfulness.

Social Media

Promote the good things in your life that brings honor to God and help others.  Let’ not throw stones at people and cause problems by focusing your attention, resources, and energy into negative situations of hopelessness.  God is in control and will move mountains on your behalf.  If you are still alive, He has truly moved death mountains out of your way, when you were full of sin, walking into evil traps unaware.
Today’s Question
Do you believe God has spared your life for a purpose that is larger than you can comprehend and your mountains have already been moved?
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1 Samuel 12 

Samuel’s Farewell Address

12 Then Samuel addressed all Israel: “I have done as you asked and given you a king.Your king is now your leader. I stand here before you—an old, gray-haired man—and my sons serve you. I have served as your leader from the time I was a boy to this very day. Now testify against me in the presence of the Lord and before his anointed one. Whose ox or donkey have I stolen? Have I ever cheated any of you? Have I ever oppressed you? Have I ever taken a bribe and perverted justice? Tell me and I will make right whatever I have done wrong.”
“No,” they replied, “you have never cheated or oppressed us, and you have never taken even a single bribe.”
“The Lord and his anointed one are my witnesses today,” Samuel declared, “that my hands are clean.”
“Yes, he is a witness,” they replied.
“It was the Lord who appointed Moses and Aaron,” Samuel continued. “He brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt. Now stand here quietly before the Lord as I remind you of all the great things the Lord has done for you and your ancestors.
“When the Israelites were[a] in Egypt and cried out to the Lord, he sent Moses and Aaron to rescue them from Egypt and to bring them into this land. But the people soon forgot about the Lord their God, so he handed them over to Sisera, the commander of Hazor’s army, and also to the Philistines and to the king of Moab, who fought against them.
10 “Then they cried to the Lord again and confessed, ‘We have sinned by turning away from the Lord and worshiping the images of Baal and Ashtoreth. But we will worship you and you alone if you will rescue us from our enemies.’ 11 Then the Lord sent Gideon,[b] Bedan,[c]Jephthah, and Samuel[d] to save you, and you lived in safety.
12 “But when you were afraid of Nahash, the king of Ammon, you came to me and said that you wanted a king to reign over you, even though the Lord your God was already your king.13 All right, here is the king you have chosen. You asked for him, and the Lord has granted your request.
14 “Now if you fear and worship the Lord and listen to his voice, and if you do not rebel against the Lord’s commands, then both you and your king will show that you recognize the Lord as your God. 15 But if you rebel against the Lord’s commands and refuse to listen to him, then his hand will be as heavy upon you as it was upon your ancestors.
16 “Now stand here and see the great thing the Lord is about to do. 17 You know that it does not rain at this time of the year during the wheat harvest. I will ask the Lord to send thunder and rain today. Then you will realize how wicked you have been in asking the Lord for a king!”
18 So Samuel called to the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day. And all the people were terrified of the Lord and of Samuel. 19 “Pray to the Lord your God for us, or we will die!” they all said to Samuel. “For now we have added to our sins by asking for a king.”
20 “Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the Lord with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him. 21 Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless! 22 The Lord will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the Lord to make you his very own people.
23 “As for me, I will certainly not sin against the Lord by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right. 24 But be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you. 25 But if you continue to sin, you and your king will be swept away.”
Love,
Jonathan

Integration

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“After seeing different parts of the world, I can see the integration of cultural influences. I look at the US with a more focused lens, which allows me to respect God’s gift of life, liberty, and love more freely, deeply, and honestly.” ~ Jon Barnes

Punctuation

Stamps of cultural punctuations are seen in every city, country, and continent traveled because people share, travel, live, and learn new things all of the time. God’s image and face are stamped upon everyone with two eyes, a nose, lips, and a pair of ears. God’s face would look like the finest culmination of people qualities that punctuates perfection, the like we have never seen.

Proclamation

I proclaim that ignorance is not an excuse for not studying the bible to learn, share, and integrate God’s instructions of good living, wise planning, and fundamental truth about love. Whereas, living your life with honest dreams, goals, and values that serve, help, and protect others from evil, upholding real justice is a good thing. One should integrate, punctuate, and participate in the quality functions of God’s Love, Grace, and Mercy. 

Pronunciation

Kindly pronounce and articulate the gospel truth of love with your best work and actions each day to clearly communicate your self-worth and expertise to share, give, and earn a living, while helping others to see God in your life. Enslaving your family with evil intentions, bad habits, and wicked ideas is just NOT wise. Integrate what God has to offer and understand His ways of obedience, love, honor, and respect.
Today’s Question?
Do you honor and respect your Heavenly Father or do your ways and work integrate the opposite of faith?
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1 Samuel 9 

Saul Meets Samuel

There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin. His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land.
One day Kish’s donkeys strayed away, and he told Saul, “Take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys.” So Saul took one of the servants and traveled through the hill country of Ephraim, the land of Shalishah, the Shaalim area, and the entire land of Benjamin, but they couldn’t find the donkeys anywhere.
Finally, they entered the region of Zuph, and Saul said to his servant, “Let’s go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!”
But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let’s go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go.”
“But we don’t have anything to offer him,” Saul replied. “Even our food is gone, and we don’t have a thing to give him.”
“Well,” the servant said, “I have one small silver piece.[a] We can at least offer it to the man of God and see what happens!” (In those days if people wanted a message from God, they would say, “Let’s go and ask the seer,” for prophets used to be called seers.)
10 “All right,” Saul agreed, “let’s try it!” So they started into the town where the man of God lived.
11 As they were climbing the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water. So Saul and his servant asked, “Is the seer here today?”
12 “Yes,” they replied. “Stay right on this road. He is at the town gates. He has just arrived to take part in a public sacrifice up at the place of worship. 13 Hurry and catch him before he goes up there to eat. The guests won’t begin eating until he arrives to bless the food.”
14 So they entered the town, and as they passed through the gates, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the place of worship.
15 Now the Lord had told Samuel the previous day, 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of my people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on my people in mercy and have heard their cry.”
17 When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, “That’s the man I told you about! He will rule my people.”
18 Just then Saul approached Samuel at the gateway and asked, “Can you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”
19 “I am the seer!” Samuel replied. “Go up to the place of worship ahead of me. We will eat there together, and in the morning I’ll tell you what you want to know and send you on your way. 20 And don’t worry about those donkeys that were lost three days ago, for they have been found. And I am here to tell you that you and your family are the focus of all Israel’s hopes.”
21 Saul replied, “But I’m 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! Why are you talking like this to me?”
22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and placed them at the head of the table, honoring them above the thirty special guests. 23 Samuel then instructed the cook to bring Saul the finest cut of meat, the piece that had been set aside for the guest of honor.24 So the cook brought in the meat and placed it before Saul. “Go ahead and eat it,” Samuel said. “I was saving it for you even before I invited these others!” So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
25 When they came down from the place of worship and returned to town, Samuel took Saul up to the roof of the house and prepared a bed for him there.[b] 26 At daybreak the next morning, Samuel called to Saul, “Get up! It’s time you were on your way.” So Saul got ready, and he and Samuel left the house together. 27 When they reached the edge of town, Samuel told Saul to send his servant on ahead. After the servant was gone, Samuel said, “Stay here, for I have received a special message for you from God.”
Love,
Jonathan