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Outliving finite, mortal definitions of ourselves

From the January 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Centuries ago a certain man was called upon to take a position he could never have envisioned for himself. The Bible relates that the Israelites had insisted on having a king like other nations. See I Sam., chaps. 8-10 Their prophet, Samuel, listened for God's direction. Although he pointed out the dangers of having a ruler other than God, the people were persistent. And Samuel acceded to their demands.

Through divine guidance he was led to anoint as king a young man named Saul from the tribe of Benjamin. When communicating the divine commission to Saul, the prophet said: "And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy...and shalt be turned into another man."

As Samuel had predicted, "When he [Saul] had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day."

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