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Thought for the day.

ONE of my favourite Old Testament characters is Samuel. I've written before about his call to God's service as a very young boy, yet I do so wish that more people would re-echo his childlike words: 'Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.' Samuel did hear what God wanted from him, which was to see him engage in a threefold ministry to God's people.

First he was to be a 'judge' - that is, a man whose task was to 'dispense justice, punish the evil doer and vindicate the righteous.'

That task alone was no easy one in those lawless days but he was also to be the man to introduce a monarchy to God's people. We know from Scripture of Samuel's misgivings about this innovation for he saw the faults and abuses to which it could lead.

Nevertheless, he obeyed God's command. His final task was that of being a national prophet, that is to act as the conscience for the nation and speak out against wrongdoing when others won't. I long for a Samuel in this day and age for all three of his ministries.

Rev Harry Ross, Vicar of St Luke, Walton
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 30, 2005
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