Document: C. Vanderwaal, Search the Scriptures, Vol. III: I Samuel to Esther, trans. by Theodore Plantinga (St. Catharines, ON.: Paideia Press, 1979).

Excerpt: Three offices. We confess that Christ (whose name means the anointed one) had three offices—king, priest and prophet. We know that He did not come into the world until His coming had been foreshadowed by various Old Testament figures. Many people had already served in the offices of king, priest and prophet—faithfully and unfaithfully. Never was their work complete and perfect. Christ, as the Lord’s anointed, took over their work and completed it. That’s why the book of Samuel—originally I and II Samuel were one book—is so full of proclamation about Christ. This book tells us about the three offices in particular. The promised king. Hannah sang her song at a time when there was not yet a king in Israel: “He will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed” (I 2:10). She opened her song by talking about herself, about how she had been exalted. God had greatly blessed her. But that was not a note on which to end.

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