Worship the King!

A reading for Wednesday, October 19, 2016: 1 Samuel 9:27; 10:1-9.

As we read the story of the anointing of Saul, there is a familiar echo and cadence to the story.

This is the first king ever to be anointed over the people of Israel. As they traveled down the road, Samuel declared that Saul was to be ruler and king over the people of Israel. He would save them from their enemies and anything that afflicted them. A sign would be given to the new king, according to the prophet Samuel: when you arrive in the city, "They will say to you, ‘The donkeys that you went to seek are found."

Many generations later when a new King arrived in the city of Jerusalem, all the people gathered on the road and shouted "Hosanna!" which means save us. And that new King, named Jesus, sent his disciples ahead for a donkey that he could ride into the city.

Jesus is our anointed King. Jesus saves us from our enemies and anything that afflicts us. Hosanna! From the beginning of all things, God has been on a mission to create, redeem, sustain and transform all people and all things through Jesus our Lord. We are grateful!

O worship the King, all glorious above
O gratefully sing His wonderful love
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days
Paviolioned in splendor, and girded with praise


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