Friday 26 December 2014

Samuel Green Chooses the Israelite King

When Jesse and his sons arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the man who the Lord has chosen.”

 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Eliab is tall and handsome, but don’t judge by things like that. God doesn’t look at what people see. People judge by what is on the outside, but the Lord looks at the heart. Eliab is not the right man.”

 Then he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

Jesse answered, “No, I have another son—my youngest, but he is out taking care of the sheep.”

And Samuel said "For various reasons the individual may not be willing to engage in this programme at this time e.g. family issues, time commitment. If he's killing lions and caring for sheep, he's not going to be attending seminars on time management and developing high-performing teams. Well done, Eliab! You've got the job!"


  1. The University used to concentrate on training clergy for the CofE, and although it no longer seems to see this as its core business, it does now mint MBAs itself. (Glad to see that it is not a "major university or business school", though.) As yet nobody has suggested that the University should be run by MBAs, or indeed mini-MBAs, but like the New Approach the University has adopted a grammatically dubious Alumni Network. I am sure there was something about managerialism in the Revelation.

  2. Remember how "four legs good, two legs bad" was replaced by "four legs good, two legs better." - So now: "mission good, maintenance bad" gets replaced by "mission good, management better."


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