His Majesty King Mswati III

Sunday Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STO­RIES BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI 4:1-3 1 Sa­muel 7:12-13.

joined by Emakhosikati and Emazinyane as they go through the scrip­tures at the end of year ser­vice held at Mand­vulo Grand Hall yes­ter­day. Prime Min­is­ter, Chiefs, Cab­i­net min­is­ters, mem­bers of both houses of Par­lia­ment and ema­bandla came in their num­bers to fel­low­ship with the King on the day. The ser­vice marks the end of royal ac­tiv­i­ties as the King pre­pares to go on seclu­sion.

Hav­ing been se­lected to lead the coun­try af­ter His Majesty King Mswati III sought coun­sel from the Most High, Prime Min­is­ter Am­brose Dlamini has been ad­vised to not change from the per­son he was iden­ti­fied as.

Rev­erend Grace Masilela said the at­tributes con­sid­ered prior to his ap­point­ment were needed by the coun­try.

The rev­erend re­called how trust­ing in God en­ables one to be suc­cess­ful. Re­fer­ring to Ge­n­e­sis 26:1 she said the bi­b­li­cal Isaac trusted in God who en­sured that his har­vests dur­ing famine were to be reck­oned with.

She said it was in this re­gard that by trust­ing in God, the PM would be suc­cess­ful all the time and the coun­try would be­come a model for other na­tions to try emulate as they will ques­tion as to how the suc­cess came about.

She chal­lenged the PM to take up Je­sus as his guide. On the other hand, Rev­erend Tembe called on the new PM to seek God’s coun­sel in ev­ery­thing he will do and not take things for granted as though they were or­dained to hap­pen. “It is dan­ger­ous to go to war with­out God go­ing be­fore you,” he said of the chal­lenges the PM will face. He said for ev­ery de­ci­sion to be made, God’s coun­sel needed to be sought so as to en­sure that the right one was made at all times. Mak­ing a bi­b­li­cal ex­am­ple, he re­ferred to 1 Sa­muel

as well as He said even if there were close fam­ily mem­bers who doubted the anoint­ing that was on the PM, he should not doubt his call­ing as it hap­pened with bi­b­li­cal David whose father Jesse did not think wor­thy of be­ing used by God.

On the other hand, he re­called how wars be­tween the Philistines and Is­raelites were al­ways pro­voked by the par­al­lel re­li­gions and as such, the PM needed to note that his bat­tles would be against those who did not be­lieve as he did. He stated that it was iron-

ic that the coun­try was cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of In­de­pen­dence, His Majesty King Mswati III’s 50th birth­day whereas the PM is also 50 years old. On the other hand, he said more irony was that the na­tion was con­verged at Mand­vulo Grand Hall to wor­ship God of Old who in Siswati is Je­hova wase­mand­vulo whereas the new PM is also known as Mand­vulo.

Um­butfo Eswa­tini De­fence Force Chap­lain Rev­erend Sa­belo Maseko called on the na­tion to for­tify its strength in the Lord as there they would find refuge.

(Pics: Si­mon Sha­bangu)

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