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House Of joy Deliverance Church, White Cty, Jabavu

Next to No 1 office

Opposite Lamula Buchery

Johannesburg

Email: admin@schoolofprophets.co.za

Phone: 073 312 3603

PROPHETIC MINISTRY COURSE

 

Module 2
UNIT 1 (Complete Study Guide has 19 Units)

BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE OFFICES OF PROPHET AND KING

The Book of First Samuel presents details on the history of the Jews during the period of the judges and the period of the kings. During these eras God instituted the offices of prophet and king. The kings replaced the judges who ruled Israel as political and military leaders.

However, the prophetic function did not originate at this time. Moses and Deborah are examples of persons who were both political leaders and prophets over Israel (Exodus 3:11-22; Judges. 4:4, 5). These two leaders should not be confused with Samuel and his successors, for Samuel and those who came after him were not political rulers used in a prophetic ministry. They were specifically designated for the office of prophet.

The office of prophet was not formalized until Samuel organized the “company of the prophets” (1 Samuel 19:20). Samuel was the link between the periods of the judges and kings since he was the last prophet to serve as a judge in Israel (1 Samuel 8:5-7). He also anointed Saul and David, the first two kings of Israel .

The book of Samuel, whose main characters are God, Samuel, Saul, and David, is divided into two parts described below:

  • The first part has the first seven chapters in which there is an outline of the life and ministry of Samuel.
  • The second part describes the events during the monarchy of Saul. The tragic climax is reached when God rejects Saul for his reckless disobedience. He then instructs Samuel to anoint a new man into the kingdom. This is David, the son of Jesse (1 Samuel 15:26).