1 Samuel 28:6 How God Speaks

1 Samuel 28:6 (KJV)
And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

God spoke to people differently in the Old Testament era than He does today. Still, there is always a shadow of the New Testament truth in those Old Testament events. The Bible says God would not speak to him in any of the three most common ways of the time. Perhaps there is a New Testament truth that can be drawn from these shadows:

Dreams
This would be a direct personal and immediate revelation from God. It seems to be similar to our hearing the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian has heard the voice of God in this manner. Oftentimes we ignore it or do not recognize it for what it is. A common error is to think of this as the supreme revelation of God. Given how easy it is to mistake it, it is really the last line of communication.

Urim
This speaks of the function of the priesthood. Dressed in his official garments, the High Priest bore the Urim and Thummim on his person. I think this might correspond to the Word of God. It is the official and recorded message from heaven. It is the most trustworthy communication as it is from God and never changes.

Still, mistakes can be made on the side of human interpretation. Just because we saw it in the Bible doesn’t mean we understood it correctly.

Prophet
The prophets were called of God “out of the congregation” if you will. These men were given a message from God to the people. It might correspond to our pastors and preachers. These men expound on God’s Word to us. We judge them correct when we determine they preach the Bible.

Saul, not having heard from God in the normal ways, forces his way past them to Samuel.

I wonder if this might not correspond to a believer who rushes to have someone tell him the will of God and doesn’t even attempt to hear from God in the prescribed ways?

 

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1 Samuel 18:1-2 We Get What We Ask For

1 Samuel 18:1-2 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.

Samuel had warned Israel this would happen. Jesse was an elderly man, and an honored one. David was his youngest son. He would have cherished him as such. David was also helpful to Jesse. He not only tended the sheep but did so in such a faithful manner Jesse couldn’t have helped but be dependent upon him.

But Saul wanted David.

  • His music soothed the sullen king
  • His success in combat left the king secure
  • His own son, Jonathan, found in David a kindred spirit

And David was never allowed to return home again.

Sometimes we get what we ask for but have a lot of trouble living with what we get.

 

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1 Samuel 17:8 This Is Not Comfortable

1 Samuel 17:8 (KJV)
And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

You have to wonder with Goliath why Israel set their army in array but did not fight. I think at least one reason is because what Goliath suggested was so unconventional. Israel expected, even if they weren’t that well trained, to enter conventional combat. They were prepared, though still fearful, to march side by side, each man protecting the next, against the enemy. But how were they to do this?

  • Who picks who fights Goliath?
  • How do you find a close match to him?

People get comfortable doing what they have always done in church. It’s when they are challenged to do what they have never done that they freeze up and refuse to show.

Truth was, Goliath was in the same strait as Israel. When little David came down, Goliath was out of his comfort zone. His armor bearer was useless to him and, though he was in the valley, he was no help to Goliath at all. He couldn’t even keep David from taking Goliath’s sword and decollating his head from his body.

The lesson is this, we don’t need to be in our comfort zone to be victorious. We just need to be in the presence of God.

 

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1 Samuel 16:7 How To Pick A Leader

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

We in the United States experience such an amazing privilege; we elect our leaders from among us. But with this privilege comes an almost overwhelming responsibility; we elect our leaders from among us.

How are we to choose them?

  • Do we choose from among our friends?
  • Do we choose one who holds our ideals?
  • Do we choose one who has proven himself in combat?
  • Do we choose the one most likely to help us in our crises?

God put Samuel in such a place of conflict and then said, “man looketh on the outward appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart.

We can’t see the heart as God can, but that is where our focus ought to be. Whenever it comes time of elections, our responsibility is to study the heart of the man.

  • His morality
  • His loyalty
  • His spirituality
  • His integrity

These are issues of much greater importance than his stature and his popularity.

 

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1 Samuel 15:11 Strong and Tender

1 Samuel 15:11 (KJV)
It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

Samuel was a strong man, willing to do the hard thing and say the truth.

But Samuel was a tender man as well.

Many a person has judged a leader, whether he be a

  • Commanding officer
  • Courthouse judge, or
  • Preacher

for being harsh and hateful.

These judgments are based on decisions and actions made openly and without the benefit of witnessing the anguish of soul that only happens privately.

The next time you want to lash out at an authority because you don’t think their actions were unkind, try to picture them up all night in prayer asking for grace to do their duty well.

 

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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 24:12 Better To Love

1 Samuel 24:12 (KJV)
The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

David appeared to have the opportunity to avenge himself of the evil he had endured under Saul. He even had people urging him to do it. David chose instead to leave the vengeance to God.

Looking at the account historically we know that God did avenge David. We also know that it was difficult for David to keep unity in Israel as it was. It would have been that much harder had he given the followers of Saul a reason to be bitter.

It is always better to love people. If they have cause to be judged, God will surely address that on His own.

 

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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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