| 30 April 2013 |



/Samuel’s Farewell Speech/

*12* Samuel said to all Israel, “I have listened to everything you
said to me and have set a king over you. 2 Now you have a king as your
leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I
have been your leader from my youth until this day. 3 Here I stand.
Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed. Whose
ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom
have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me
shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right.”

4 “You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied. “You
have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.”

5 Samuel said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and also
his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in
my hand.”

“He is witness,” they said.

6 Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the Lord who appointed
Moses and Aaron and brought your forefathers up out of Egypt. 7 Now
then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence
before the Lord as to all the righteous acts performed by the Lord for
you and your fathers.

8 “After Jacob entered Egypt, they cried to the Lord for help, and
the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your forefathers out of
Egypt and settled them in this place.

9 “But they forgot the Lord their God; so he sold them into the hand
of Sisera, the commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hands of
the Philistines and the king of Moab, who fought against them. 10 They
cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned; we have forsaken
the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths. But now deliver us
from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve you.’ 11 Then the
Lord sent Jerub-Baal, Barak, Jephthah and Samuel, and he delivered you
from the hands of your enemies on every side, so that you lived


The “God’s Word” Version of the Bible titles this portion
“Samuel’s spotless leadership”. It is, indeed, his farewell
speech, reminding the nation of he way he lead: with integrity.

In a world of corruption (don’t be fooled into thinking corruption
is a new thing – it is not) leaders of integrity stand out above the
rest. Leaders who have great reputations, who have a track record of
leading fairly and above board, end their time in office with dignity.

Sadly, this can’t be sad of many leaders. In fact, not even of many
Christian leaders. We can all think of a few great men of faith who
have left their calling and position in disgrace. Some because of huge
sin or failure, others simply because it came out that no one could
work for them because of the way they treated others. The point is
this: leaders that leave with their heads help high are leaders who
lead with integrity and honour.


We are all leaders in some way of another. Whether we lead our homes,
our varsity study group, a bible study, a research group, a office
department or a mega organization – we lead. God has made us to lead.
That is why he placed man over the entire planet to rule it right at
the beginning of time. Will you lead with integrity? Will your
reputation remain in tact at the end of your tenure?

Take Samuel’s example and decide today that wherever you have an
opportunity to lead, you will do it in a way that honours God.


Lord thank you for the opportunities I have had and will still get to
lead your people in some way or other. Please help me to lead with
integrity, in a way that honours you. In Jesus name, amen.

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