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Since everyone is motivated differently, being a leader requires a careful blend of a leadership characteristics and leadership skills. The kind of leader you are depends on your personality traits and characteristics.
Our verses this week emphasize what a good leader King David was. He had his ups and downs, yes, but nobody’s perfect. And the best leaders admit that they’re not perfect. In fact, the best leaders are pretty humble.
This poetic oracle is self-designated as “the last words of David,” but there is no other reason to assume that the wisdom it conveys should be associated with the latter part of his life. Indeed, the content suggests a time nearer to 2 Samuel 7 and Nathan’s oracle declaring Yahweh’s choice of David’s house to become an everlasting dynasty in Israel.
When I was a teen reading a biography of Nathan Hale, a young man hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War, I was awed by his last words, recorded for history: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” A patriot to the end, his last thoughts were for the country he had served.
Midland County, Michigan, officials have seen the devastating effects that come from illegal and prescription drug addiction. And they have seen the number of people battling this problem grow in recent years.
Our story this week from 1 Samuel 7 is an exciting one. It’s like the climactic scene of a movie. A group of people (Israel) decides they don’t like the way their life is going, so they get together and ask their leader (Samuel) how to do better.
This unit of text stands alone and is significant for several reasons. The ark narrative ends with 7:1, and the account of Israel’s transition to a monarchy begins with 8:1.
A couple years ago, I attended a Sunday school convention with a friend. We are both a little directionally challenged. Still, we thought we could find the church.
Federal prosecutors showed jurors a check Wednesday that they said was one of several bribes a South Texas lawyer paid to a judge in exchange for favorable rulings.
I like the note that Moses mentions near the beginning of our text this week. He starts our verses by asking, “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you” (Dt 10:12).
The almost stream-of-consciousness logic of this section makes it difficult to establish clearly the boundaries of its constituents. The vocative “And now, O Israel!” unmistakably indicates a new beginning, but no similar markers occur in the following sequence of admonitions and declarations.
For me, today’s passage and others like it are examples of Old Testament Hebrew faith at its highest and most noble. The writer is stressing the truth that there is a direct link between faith and ethics.