1 Samuel 12:22 Verse Commentary

1Sa 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people.

In 1 Samuel 12:22, Samuel gives his farewell speech. He recounts how God has listened to Israel’s prayers in the past and has responded. He reminds the people of all God has done for them. He then reminds them that they have been chosen. The purpose in God’s choosing was God’s desires to have His own people. God’s vows to Israel will remain firm. Samuel states that God’s own character is at stake in Israel’s prosperity. God will not “foresake” for “His name’s sake”.

Not only does this show God’s commitments (not a metaphysical bond, but God’s desire to accomplish His goals), but God’s dedication to a divine image (public perspective of God). God acts for reasons. Those reasons are often rooted in relationship and character. God is passable, as He is pleased by His goals, He is pleased by people’s worship.

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