Samuel recalls the words of Moses in answer to the false
accusations of Korah (Samuel's ancestor): "I have not taken so much as a donkey
from them, nor have I wronged any of them" (Num 16:15).
As no witness could testify truthfully against Christ (Mar
14:55-59). "I find no basis for a charge against him" (Joh 19:4).
Are all our works with one motive? to serve God and truth?
"Seek judgment" (Isa 1:17).
"Samuel did not deem himself above criticism. Now, in
self-vindication, he invited public reproach, if indeed he had perverted
justice... ruled unjustly, or lined his own pocket. But there was no word to be
said against his administration. He had always had the nation's respect and
confidence... This day they gave him unmeasured approval and gratitude for a
long life of unselfish service. What a contrast with the days to come, when
there were plenty who were 'bitter of soul' as a result of the unequal reign of
Saul (1Sa 22:2)" (SSD 51).
"Yahweh is witness, who made Moses and Aaron, and brought..."
(RSV, following LXX). Men "made" by God, in ct "self-made" or natural
STAND HERE: See 1Sa 9:27n.
BARAK: "Bedan" in KJV is incorrect.
Cp this rejection of Yahweh as King... to Israel's rejection
of Christ: accompanied by earthquake (Mat 27:51), darkness over earth (Mat
27:45; Luk 23:44,45), and fearfulness (Mat 27:54).
Although the people rejected him, yet Samuel continued to act
as their mediator.