Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class Old Testament: Samuel, Saul, and David Week 14, Page 3 © 2014, Mike Parker http://bit.ly/ldsarc For personal use only. Not a Church publication.
The Samuel Principle. i)
Depending upon people
s spiritual maturity, willingness and ability to live the laws of God, God sometimes permits lesser laws than the celestial law to be the policies and standards as a
to keep us tethered to him and bring us gradually to a higher level
President Ezra Taft Benson:
If you see some individuals in the Church doing things that disturb you, or you feel the Church is not doing things the way you think they could or should be done, the following principles might be helpful: God has to work through mortals of varying degrees of spiritual progress. Sometimes he temporarily grants to men their unwise requests in order that they
might learn from their own sad experiences. Some refer to this as the “Samu
principle.” The children of Israel wanted a king like all the other nations. The
prophet Samuel was displeased and prayed to the Lord about it. The Lord
responded by saying, Samuel, “they have not rejected thee, but they have
rejected me, that I should
not reign over them.”
The Lord told Samuel to warn the people of the consequences if they had a king. Samuel gave them the warning. But they still insisted on their king. So God gave them a king and let them suffer. They learned the hard way. God wanted it to be otherwise, but within certain bounds he grants unto men according to their desires. Bad experiences are an expensive school that only fools keep going to.
Sometimes in our attempts to mimic the world, and contrary to the prophet’s
we run after the world’s false educational, political, musical, and dress
ideas. New worldly standards take over, a gradual breakdown occurs, and finally, after much suffering, a humble people are ready to be taught once again a higher law.
Case study: the principle of divorce as taught by the Savior. (1)
Before we discuss this illustration, I want to be clear that I’m aware there are
some here who have personally experienced divorce. The following discussion is not intended to accuse anyone of sin or to point fingers. (2)
The rules regarding divorce under the Law given to Moses are found in
. A husband could divorce his wife by giving her a written document. (3)
. ―Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts‖ permitted
the lesser standard found in the Law.
―But from the beginning it was not so
There was higher, celestial law that was had before Moses
—―from the beginning,‖ or the time of Adam.
Aside: Clarification on Matthew 19:9b.
From the Greek
―guardian‖ (NET, NIV, ESV, HCSB), ―disciplinarian‖ (NRSV),
―tutor‖ (NASB), ―
was a man, usually a slave, whose duty it was to conduct a boy or youth to and from school and to superintend his conduct gener
ally. He was not a ―teacher‖ (
; as in Romans 2:20).
Ezra Taft Benson, ―Jesus Christ: Gifts and Expectations,‖ address on BYU
campus, 10 December 1974 (
The ―lesser standard‖ was codified in