The Spirit of the LORD
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his
brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.
So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. ¶ But the Spirit of the LORD
departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. And
Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth
thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee,
to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall
come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall
play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
(1 Samuel 16:13-16)
We see here that the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day
forward, but departed from Saul and that an evil spirit from the
LORD troubled him. If we read carefully we see that the spirit that
came upon David belonged to the LORD, but the evil spirit that came upon
Saul was different; the LORD controlled it.
This is most interesting, to find out more, let's go back a bit.
The Israelites wanted a king over them like the people round about
them, they were not happy with the status of being ruled by judges, people
who were raised by the LORD.
If we read Judges 2:18 we see that the LORD raised up these judges
over His chosen people because they continually sinned against Him by worshipping
For example, we see in Judges 11:29 that the spirit of the LORD came
upon Jephthah who judged Israel.
However, the sons of the judges were not raised up and there were periods
when there were no judges. In these times the Israelites went back into
idolatry and were punished by the LORD their God. A pattern emerged; after
heavy persecution by their neighbours the Israelites called for help from
the LORD, who then supplied them with another judge, and this up and down
cycle went on for some considerable time as we can see by reading the book
The Israelites saw that their neighbours had kings to rule over them
continually and wanted the same. They confused the spiritual need of worshipping
God themselves with the need of a permanent "judge", a king on a worldly
level. This need was as a result of not knowing God.
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges
over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his
second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. And his sons walked
not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted
judgment. Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and
came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and
thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all
(1 Samuel 8:1-5)
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in
all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they
have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all
the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out
of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served
other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their
voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner
of the king that shall reign over them. And Samuel told all the words of
the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will
be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your
sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to
be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And
he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties;
and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and
to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he
will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be
cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your
vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and
give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed,
and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And
he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest
young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take
the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry
out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and
the LORD will not hear you in that day. Nevertheless the people refused
to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king
over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may
judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
(1 Samuel 8:7-20)
So the LORD gave them a king, his name was Saul and in 1 Samuel chapters
9 and 10 we see the providence of the LORD over Saul.
In all these passages we see the hand of the LORD over His chosen people,
trying to lead them in His ways. We also see that they were just the same
as the nations around them. God required that they joyfully follow Him,
but no, they wanted a leader on a worldly level, someone they could see
and submit to.
A comparison today is the "Church"; all those people following after
men in some forty thousand different denominations, instead of allowing
the Holy Spirit to work individually in their lives, blessing them with
His providence and power. That they follow blindly after a preacher or
denomination, shows that most professing Christians don't know God the
Godhead (Father or Son or Holy Spirit), or are too lazy to do what He asks
when coming into Covenant with Him.
Please don't be like them, dear brother or sister in the Lord, their
end-life is not what God desires of you; He wants you to be with Him one
And this is why there are so few God-given miracles today; the professors
lack faith in God, a faith that they shall receive when they ask the God
that they know and worship on a personal basis.
The above Old Covenant passages still apply to us today, but with a slightly
different emphasis. You see, all born again Christians have the Holy Spirit
in them, just like David "from that day forward", and I don't know whether
God the Father will give us New Covenant children an evil spirit, if like
Saul, we are disobedient to His wishes. However, look at what is stated
in these New Covenant passages:
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and
lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is
earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there
is confusion and every evil work.
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they
not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust,
and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight
and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not,
because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye
adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world
is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is
the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit
that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore
he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands,
ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
If we submit ourselves to our Creator, humbling our pride in our own accomplishments,
studying the word of God under the power of the Holy Spirit and being obedient
when spoken to, we shall start experiencing a wonderful rapport with God
that can only grow stronger the longer that we carry on doing so.
What a wonderful future we can inherit.