Samuel - September 21, 2006 Theology 10001 Prof. Leyerle...

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September 21, 2006 Theology 10001 Prof. Leyerle Samuel acts as prophet of the LORD in the book of Samuel, often speaking to the people in the name of the LORD. Samuel even says to Saul, “I am the seer” (1 Sam 9:19) and “the one called a now called a prophet was formerly called a seer” (1 Sam 9:9). So, in this capacity, Samuel instructs the people on behalf of the LORD, and he often tells them what the LORD wants or expects of them, much the way Moses did for the Israelites while they wandered in the desert. “Samuel reported the all the words of the LORD to the people” (1 Sam. 8:10) and we see many examples of this including the list of problems the people will encounter if they get the king they wish (1 Sam. 8:11-17). So in many ways, Samuel rules in a manner similar to that of Moses: he tells the will of the LORD, he tells of the consequences of faithlessness and acts as a moral guide for the people. Samuel is highly revered among the people, “For the people will not eat until he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice” (1 Sam. 9:13). So clearly Samuel’s role as prophet to the people of Israel is one of honor, but its duties include telling the people about the wishes of the LORD and the punishments that will result if they do not heed these words; he is also a man of action, performing the tasks the LORD asks of him, such as anointing Kings. Samuel’s relationship with Saul is quite a dynamic one; it changes over time and
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course THEO 10101 taught by Professor Leyerle during the Fall '07 term at Notre Dame.

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Samuel - September 21, 2006 Theology 10001 Prof. Leyerle...

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