1 Samuel 23:4 To Do The Impossible

1 Samuel 23:4 (KJV)
Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

This is a powerful passage of leadership.

The people of Keilah were under threat of the Philistines. Israel’s current king, Saul, should have focused on rescuing these people from them. He was so focused on his hatred for David that he was not only unconcerned for their trial but willing to destroy them himself in order to get David. David is the God anointed king. At this stage in his life, David led a small handful of just 600 men. Yet David had the heart to save the people of Keilah from the Philistines. 

He inquired of the Lord whether he should help them. 
God said, Go.

His men expressed to David their concern. 
They were a threatened group already. A battle with the Philistines would just threaten them all the more.

Then David inquired of the Lord again.
God confirmed that he should save Keilah and fight the Philistines, and his men went with him to the contest.

First, I see in David a heart for souls. Secondly, I see in him an ear for his followers. Thirdly I see in him, and his followers a faith in the Lord.

Very often God asks us to do that which is impossible in the flesh. It is only right to step back a moment, hear the concerns of those involved and be certain that the thing is of God. But then, thank God for those who will trust Him and step out to do the impossible.

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Mark 5:25-26 Only Worse

Mark 5:25-26 (KJV)
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

The physicians of that day, just as in our day, were limited in skills, knowledge, and practice. Despite the physician’s sincere efforts, a patient may express earnest hope, spend countless hours, and invest all of their resources, only in the end, to grow worse.

But the lesson of the passage is in no way intended to dismiss the value of the medical profession. I think the physicians, in this case, serve to represent, among others:

  • Religion
  • Education and
  • Evolutionary science

In every case mankind has invested, hope, time and resources to their advancement and only found themselves to grow worse.

We have the proliferation of religions
Everything from Christian religions, to non-Christian eastern religions, to cult religions and occult religions exist and influence multitudes of people. But are we the better off for them? No. Humanity grows worse.

We have the most educated people in history
The things mankind has been able to do is a true wonderment. We have put men on the moon, cast our voices and then our images through the airwaves, created machines that compute formulae at lightning speeds. But mankind is not better off. A good look at the world tells us we grow worse.

The evolutionary scientist has nearly won the world to his theory of human existence
Despite the fact that the evolutionist: has no proof, disagrees with other evolutionists and makes claims that are fanciful beyond anything recorded in the Bible, but a few Bible believers still cling to the Biblical description of God’s creating the whole of existence in six literal days (and resting on the seventh). Evolution’s core tenant is that mankind has evolved from a lesser life and is evolving into a higher life. But is mankind better for these sentiments? No. We only grow worse.

This woman, in desperation, pushed her way past the throngs of people to reach out to Jesus. And she was healed. The lesson of the passage is that, only in a desperate reach to Christ, will men – and mankind, grow better. 

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Mark 4:14 Sow The Word

Mark 4:14 (KJV)
The sower soweth the word.

How powerful, these words!

Recently, I read a devotional thought based on the parable of the sower. The devotional thought, posted on LinkedIn, urges from this passage that we must carefully sow our seed only in good ground. The writer’s point has to do with things like investments, interests, and agendas. I suppose a case can be made for being careful where we sow, our money, our friendships, our heart, etc. 

But that is not the point of the parable. The point is specific – it is sowing the word, the Word of God. 

And that sower should be careless with his seed. It must go to everyone and anyone, regardless of the return. Of course, we pray for the very best results. We wish souls to be saved. We wish Christ to dwell in them. We wish for conversion to Christ, commitment to Christ and even the call of Christ that they might sow this same Word. But what we wish for is not the main point. The main point is that every soil receives the Word. 

The parable practically destroys the Calvinist’s doctrines concerning election. God does not choose some to be saved and some to be lost. He graciously chooses that all, regardless of race, creed, background or predilection toward faith, have the very same opportunity to hear the Word of God and be saved. 

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Mark 3:9 Jesus’ Priority

Mark 3:9 (KJV)
And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

Twice, in the early verses of this chapter, we read that a great multitude followed Jesus. There were people from everywhere: 

  • Galilee 
  • Judaea
  • Jerusalem 
  • Idumaea 
  • Beyond Jordan
  • Tyre and
  • Sidon 

And no wonder. Jesus had healed many, those who had touched Him had been healed of plagues and unclean spirits had been cast out. Selfishly, the great multitudes came, not seeking Jesus or His pleasure, but seeking solutions to their needs. 

It was impractical to think Jesus would touch every one of them. It was not His purpose to heal every one of them. 

So a ship was engaged and Jesus removed from them. Here we see the priority of Jesus; He was more interested in teaching them the Word of God than of healing their diseases. Healing a disease salves a temporary affliction. Preaching the Word intends to solve an eternal condemnation. 

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Mark 2:27 It’s Meant to Bless

Mark 2:27 (KJV)
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Seems like religion always puts the thing above the person. The sabbath, and I would suggest all the things of God:

  • The Bible
  • Prayer
  • Church attendance
  • Christian service
  • Witnessing 
  • Baptism
  • The Lord’s Supper

You name it and God gave it to bless man. Religion turns it around and makes these things requirements. They turn them from blessings to duties. They go from bringing happiness to being a burden. 

All of these ought to be kept and observed. There is no blessing in them if they are neglected. But neither is there a blessing in them if they are forced upon a soul. 

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1 Samuel 17:1 I Believe the Bible

1 Samuel 17:1 (KJV)
Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.

I understand that the phrase, “Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah” intends to describe where Shochoh is. It is in that lot of land that was part of Judah’s inheritance. But I also see a statement of truth that the Philistines resisted. They meant to take what belonged to Judah away from them.

This disagreement with basic Bible facts is a major cause of conflict around the world even today. Bible believers accept that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews. Other peoples have gathered there. They even have armies there. But they do not belong there. That land belongs to Israel. 

The Bible says so. God says so. 

The Palestinians are not the only ones who disagree with the Bible. Major philosophical and political controversies occur worldwide between those leaders who believe that land belongs to Israel and those who do not. Here in the U.S. American citizens align with political parties and often elect or attempt to replace elected officials, in part whether or not they believe the Bible that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews. 

I believe the Bible. 

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1 Samuel 15:9 The People Insisted

1 Samuel 15:9 (KJV)
But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

The Old Testament serves to provide illustrations both of New Testament truth and of the human experience. In this infamous sin of Saul (as the leader and representative of the people) we see much human nature.

Saul and the people professed a relationship with God
The battle with the Amalekites was an action directly ordered by God. 

Saul and the people were only too happy to destroy what was vile and refuse. 
Who would want those in their lives?

Saul and the people justified keeping what was, in their eyes, good. 
After all, they could at the least be offered in sacrifice to God. 

I think I see much of the same thing in modern Christianity. The people are happy to profess faith. They are happy and even expect their faith to help rid them of what is the worst of the flesh and the world. But they hang on to and justify keeping those things of the world they believe to have value. They will even convert it into something Christian. Music is one example. 

What might be worse is that their pastors will let them and lead them in doing it. Some of them, I suspect, believe they will be on good ground when they stand before the Lord and say something to the effect of, “I didn’t really approve, Lord, but the people insisted.”

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1 Samuel 13:11 The Test Is In The Timing

1 Samuel 13:11 (KJV)
And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

Notice the separation of authority and responsibility that occurs in this passage. Clearly Saul and Samuel were of different offices. The people had demanded that God give them a king, and God obliged. He did not, however, impart into that king authority in spiritual matters. 

Notice further that the office of the preacher was above that of the king. It was the preacher who rebuked the king and it was the king who offered an excuse. 

It seems to me that the matter tested in this account was that of faith. God seldom works in our time. Those who insist on a man-made, tightly framed schedule might frequently schedule God right out of their plans. There was an appointed time and it certainly appears to me that Samuel got there on time. He just didn’t get there in Saul’s time. 

The king’s business might require haste. Seldom does God’s. 

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Matthew 27:3-4 The Grace and Mercy of God

Matthew 27:3-4 (KJV)
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

Can you imagine a worse sin? Judas had betrayed Jesus Christ. He must not have thought it would be this big of a deal. He must have thought they would just punish Him and let Him go. He must not have thought Pilate would allow them to crucify Jesus. He must have thought Jesus would say something to get Himself out of the mess. 

Whatever he thought, he was wrong. His sin had betrayed not only innocent blood but the innocent blood. And he repented. He returned to the men he had betrayed Jesus too. He offered to return the money, wanting somehow to reverse the damage his sin had done. The others cared nothing for it. They had no compassion for his saddened heart. They had no desire to have the money back. They had what they wanted. They had Jesus. 

The sorry truth is that all sin is just like that. All sin is a betrayal of Christ Who died for that sin. All sin has consequences and all sin has consequences we will not wish to pay. All sin is irreversible, it cannot be undone. 

I am thankful that no sin has to end as Judas’ did. Judas’ real trouble was that he forgot the grace and the mercy of God. 

We get ourselves in the most trouble when we forget the same. 

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1 Samuel 10:7 And God’s Response?

1 Samuel 10:7 (KJV)
And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

Though the people had rejected God and insisted upon a king, God in mercy was with that king. 

What a merciful and gracious God is ours! We so often choose our own way. We, in a show of vain dependence, claim to love Him while at the same time choosing the way of the world. We call ourselves by His name. We happily believe that He calls us His children. Still, we follow the world as often or more than we follow Him. 

And God’s response? 

He blesses us. He gifts us. He goes with us, He loves us and He so frequently uses us. 

Saul was not the man God had to lead them. If they had trusted the Lord, He would have provided so much better. The same is true in our case. 

But I am glad that God is with us even when we do not wait on Him as we should. 

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