1 Samuel 14:18 Missing Details

1 Samuel 14:18 (KJV)
And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.

How the Ark was with Saul at that time is unknown. We are told in 2 Samuel that it was with Abinadab in Gibeah for twenty years and that he had appointed his son Eleazar to care for it. This may not mean that it was stationary all of that time but that this family remained over its care all these years.

  • Perhaps this conflict was near to Abinadab
  • Perhaps the family of Abinadab, his sons, were in Saul’s army

The story of God’s Word does not account for every detail or event in anyone’s life. Nor does it account for every moment of an important object such as the Ark.

God gives us what we need to know.

That a detail appears to be missing in no way gives us cause to question the Bible’s accuracy.

 

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1 Samuel 13:8 God Is Never Late

1 Samuel 13:8 (KJV)
And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

My Bible captions this passage as “Saul’s Unlawful Sacrifice.”

The passage is about leadership:

  • Saul is an anointed leader
  • Samuel is a God called leader but
  • God is the only true leader

Saul, seeing that the people were scattered and having lost confidence in Samuel (he was late) took upon himself a function that did not belong to him. He was, because of this, disqualified from office (though he appeared to still possess it for years to come).

I think our world is in this shape today. Many have determined that the God called preachers aren’t getting the job done well enough. They see that the people are scattered so they have taken upon themselves to devise their own plans to give them assurance and leadership. These self appointed leaders have done foolishly. While it may seem that they have been successful, they have disqualified themselves and will meet judgment in God’s time.

God is never late. He is not slack and neither are His preachers. They just serve in a different timeframe than that of the world.

Trust God. He knows what he is doing.

 

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1 Samuel 12:7 Reasoning Skills

1 Samuel 12:7 (KJV)
Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.

This chapter gives great insight in reasoning through disagreements.

Samuel won the right to reason
He began by informing the people he had honored their request. Though he did not agree with it he did understand (through the revelation of God) that this was their right.

Samuel had an honest testimony
He had never mistreated them or taken from them.

Samuel sought their acknowledgment of this
And they agreed. He had been a just leader.

Samuel requested they be still and allow him the full line of reason
To listen to an argument one must be still. He cannot be chomping for his turn to speak. He cannot interrupt mid-sentence.

When the people acknowledged their sin in asking for a king Samuel encouraged them. He did not browbeat them. His only request was that they would obey the Lord from here on. None of us do right all the time. Like Israel, I suspect we add one sin on another. The thing to do is to press on, confess our sin and pick ourselves up to follow the Lord.

 

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1 Samuel 8:5-7 A Heavy Price for Rejection

1 Samuel 8:5-7 (KJV)
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

Is this not a fascinating passage? When the people complained about Samuel’s ungodly sons and demanded a king instead of a prophet to replace Samuel, God never once mentioned Samuel’s sons. He immediately went to the heart of the people who rejected God’s plan.

It is not that the ungodliness of his boys was all right in the sight of God. We know it was not. But we also know God is perfectly capable of dealing with them. He did so in the case of Eli’s sons. More at issue is the rejection of the people against God’s pattern of authority.

We live in a day when many reject true Christianity and local church assemblies. They cite the corruption in all that they know as Christianity as justification for rejecting the church. I understand. Most of Christendom is Christ-less. But God has already planned His judgment of that. More serious is the rejection of the church Jesus loves and the organization and structure He places in it.

God will allow people to reject His church and create their own kind of religion. But they will pay a heavy price for it.

 

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1 Samuel 6:6 God Working In The Affairs of Men

1 Samuel 6:6 (KJV)
Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?

What Israel could not do in combat, even with the Ark alongside them, God did to the Philistines with the Ark.

Spiritual victories seldom happen in our time frame or in the manner we expect but God never stops working in the affairs of men. When one people seem to be suppressed another people see great Revival. We may be working in our own fields as it were but God is at work among the Philistines of our age and location.

The lesson is to stay faithful and stay hopeful. Keep our eyes on the Lord. He will not slumber nor sleep.

 

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