1 Samuel 3:10 When the Lord Stands Near

1 Samuel 3:10 (KJV)
And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

Eli’s eyes had grown dim with age and dull with complacency. His sons had turned out to be perverse. The Word of God was precious in those days as there was no open vision. All of this seems to me to be reflected that each night the light of the candle before the ark would go out. There was no one to maintain the oil.

But there was a flicker of light even in this sorry situation. The child Samuel was there. The Lord approached him, but Samuel thought it was Eli. So many mistake the ministry for the Lord. Eli was in such a spiritual super he did not immediately recognize God’s work.
I called not, lie thee down.”

Again, the Lord approached. Again, Samuel came to Eli. Again, Eli missed the nature of this call.
I called thee not, lie thee down.”

A third time the Lord called. A third time Samuel came to Eli. This time Eli perceived God and gave proper instruction. 
If HE calls again, answer the LORD.”

Now Samuel is ready to hear from God, so now Lord came and stood and called to Samuel.

There is a place for service, a place for ministry, and a place for ministers. But the nearness of the Lord only happens when those are in their place and not put in a place before God.

The sincerest of Christians can make that mistake. 

The best of ministers correct it, and point people to the Lord.

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1 Samuel 3:10 When the Lord Stands Near

Ruth 1:16 Two Nice Young Ladies

Ruth 1:16 (KJV)
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Ruth and Orpah appear to have both been very nice young ladies. I’ve come to believe Elimech was of better character than he is usually given credit and it seems to me that one of the evidences of that is the character of the girls his sons chose as wives.

That being said, Ruth stands out, and I believe that is the intention of the account as of exceptional quality.

Consider the many temptations to return to her old life

  • Her husband had died
  • Her mother-in-law had decided to go to BethlehemJudah
  • Naomi urged them to go back
  • Naomi explained to them the price of remaining
  • Orpah did turn back
  • Naomi used Orpah as reason for Ruth to do the same

Still, Ruth begged her mother-in-law to allow her to follow after her.

Ruth clave to Naomi and became the blood from which our Saviour came forth.

Our world has many good people. Goodness is not the same as godliness. Ruth embraced not only Naomi but:

  • Naomi’s home
  • Naomi’s family
  • Naomi’s culture
  • Naomi’s God and
  • Naomi’s eternity

Ultimately, she gave the world 

  • Naomi’s Messiah

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Ruth 1:16 Two Nice Young Ladies

Judges 6:2 The Perils of a Corrupt Age: How Our Sins Have Put Us In Danger

Judges 6:2 (KJV)
And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

  • Because Israel did evil, God delivered them to the Midianites
  • Because of the Midianites, Israel made dens, caves, and strongholds

I suppose one could argue I am making too much of this and give examples of the opposite. What I see here is that the urge to seek places of shelter is the result of choosing to do evil.

No doubt the Midianites were a terrible threat, and finding some place of shelter was a logical choice, given that threat. But the threat would not have existed had they not first done evil.

It seems to me that we are becoming increasingly prone to “shelter in place.”  Whether it is:

  • A storm off the coast
  • A virus in the air or
  • A criminal element in the neighborhood

People are increasingly afraid to go out and more prone to lock themselves in.

Risk-taking ais becoming a thing of the past. Seeing an obstacle as a “mountain to climb” is being replaced with viewing it as an impenetrable barricade. Neighborhoods are becoming so dangerous that the police now advise honest citizens to protect their things rather than to prevent the crimes. Even the Christian Law Association seems to have changed from defending Christians practicing their faith to teaching Christians how to avoid getting in trouble for their faith.

It is wise and prudent to construct ways to protect ourselves in this wicked world.

I merely wish to point out that much of the cause of this wickedness has resulted from our own evil. How we need a call to return to the LORD. He alone can make us to dwell in safety.

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Judges 6:2 The Perils of a Corrupt Age: How Our Sins Have Put Us In Danger

Judges 3:5 The Problem With Peace

Judges 3:5 (KJV)
And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:

  • Every parent wishes it for their children
  • Every politician promises it to their citizens
  • Every patriot fights for it for their country
  • The hippies and even Martin Luther protested for it in the sixties

Peace

But there is a problem with peace.

There was a generation after Joshua that “had not known all the wars of Canaan.” The Bible goes so far as to say they “knew nothing thereof.” It’s a parent’s dream that their children would live in peace and know nothing at all about war. That they would get along with everyone around them, what a wonderful prospect!

The problem was that they got along so well that they not only had peace with them, they dwelt among them, and then they married them. And then they served their false gods with them.  And then they did evil in the sight of the Lord.

It seems like it would be a wonderful thing to live in peace. But we live in a world corrupt with sin. It is our place; it is necessary that we engage in combat with sin.

To live too long at ease and in peace will always lead to a compromise with the world, a decline in righteousness, and ultimately a forsaking of God.

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Judges 3:5 The Problem With Peace

Judges 1:2 We Could Have Known

Judges 1:2 (KJV)
And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

They say, “hindsight is 20/20.”

Since I know where the Bible will take this, I find here a Biblical foreshadowing of what would be the will of God; that the tribe of Judah would be the leading-ruling family.

Leaders lead before they rule.

Once Joshua was dead, and the people found themselves in need of leadership, the Lord directed them to Judah. Though the judges would come from various tribes, and they would have been better off under them, having God as their king, Israel could have known this would be the final outcome. It had already been foretold the scepter would not depart from Judah.[1]

How dull are our eyes!

We have the very Word of God. We may even be faithful and diligent in studying it. But we so often miss the obvious. Our hearts, our culture, and our preferences lead us to excuse away the Word of God in favor of what we believe will be more effective, comfortable, and popular.

Lord, help us!


[1] Genesis 49:10 (KJV)
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

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Judges 1:2 We Could Have Known

Joshua 24:2 Where To End The Sermon

Joshua 24:2 (KJV)
And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

After the people were gathered, Joshua began his final message, “Thus saith the Lord…” from verse three down to verse thirteen, Joshua speaks for God in the first person:

  • I took your father Abraham
  • I gave unto Isaac, Jacob, and Esau
  • I sent Moses also and Aaron

Etc.

Everything he said in this segment rehearsed the history of Israel’s dealings with God. We can view this as the Word of God.

Beginning with verse fourteen, the person shifts from God to Joshua. It is an application of the message from God.

This is an excellent illustration of sound preaching. A preacher can confidently proclaim, “Thus saith the Lord,” so long as he is declaring what is written in the Bible. Let the preacher rehearse again and again all the words of God.

But let not the preacher end his message there. Let him at once move to the next, “Choose you this day…”

We are in no position to require men to do as we say.

  • We can tell them about the choice we have made and
  • We can urge them to make a choice and
  • We can urge them to make it at once

We cannot force a choice upon them. But we can give them the choice.

May we never neglect to end the message with the choice.

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Joshua 24:2 Where To End The Sermon

Joshua 23:6 All About Courage

Joshua 23:6 (KJV)
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;

The book of Joshua is all about courage.

  • It’s the key exhortation God gave Joshua at the beginning of his career.
  • It is his final exhortation to Israel at the end of his career
  • It would take courage to continue the process of driving out the Canaanites
  • It would take courage to refuse to compromise with them

Most importantly,

  • It would take courage to keep and do all God had commanded when others began to disobey and compromise

As time went on, fewer people would keep the Word of God than those who had compromised. The pressure to do the same would become enormous. The lines between obedience and compromise would become blurred.

It is courageous to see the Word of God, know you understand it, and do it when even spiritual leaders say that you are wrong.

We hold dear the doctrine of individual soul liberty.

Be courageous enough to practice it.

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Joshua 23:6 All About Courage

Joshua 21:44 Rest, Sweet Rest

Joshua 21:44 (KJV)
And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

Rest is one of my favorite Bible promises.  Gill points out that this rest would have been:

Rest from travels
Having been wearied from forty years of wandering. The nomadic way of life was finally at an end.

Rest from war
Having essentially defeated the Canaanites. Albert Barnes writes, “At the time referred to in the text, the Canaanites were discouraged, broken in strength, holding fast in isolated spots only up and down the land in the very midst of the tribes of God’s people. The conquest of Canaan was already “ex parte Dei” a perfect work.”

For us, this rest is with God
Through Christ the enmity, caused by sin, has been reconciled. God is our Father, and we may come boldly to His throne.

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Joshua 21:44 Rest, Sweet Rest

Joshua 20:6 We Await the Day

Joshua 20:6 (KJV)
And he shall dwell in that city, until he stand before the congregation for judgment, and until the death of the high priest that shall be in those days: then shall the slayer return, and come unto his own city, and unto his own house, unto the city from whence he fled.

The provision of the city of refuge was for the protection of the one who had accidentally slain another and who might be then slain by those who loved the one now dead. One could flee to a city of refuge and dwell safely there until he faces the judgment of his peers or else until the death of the high priest.

There are all sorts of theories about why the high priest’s death would be the point at which he might be set free to return home. The Jews, they say, taught that it was because the death of the high priest would have been such a heartbreaking case that the death of anyone else would no longer matter. I’m not buying that. The death of a loved one is in no way mollified by the death of a national figure, even one who is spiritual.

The high priest represents our great High Priest, Jesus Christ.

  • The reason for his confinement was sin
  • The accuser of this brother is Satan but
  • The one who is offended is Almighty God

Our faith serves as a place of refuge, offering reconciliation with God

The death of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, sets us free to come boldly to the throne of grace.

But our high priest rose again. He came up from the grave and in His resurrection we, who have come to Him, gain power over sin, over death, and over the grave.

Jesus has prepared a place for us in our Father’s house. Because of His death, burial, and resurrection, we await the day when we may come to our own house in our own city, whose builder and maker is God.

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Joshua 20:6 We Await the Day

Joshua 17:16 All of Us May Have All of God

Joshua 17:16 (KJV)
And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel.

The tribe of Manasseh must have been huge because, even with half of their tribe on the other side of Jordan, Manasseh and Ephraim were considered a “great people” or large in number.

Recognizing themselves as population rich, they appealed to Joshua for a larger inheritance in the Promised Land. Joshua did not hesitate to give them more. But they hesitated to take it. It was going to be difficult to defeat all those chariots of iron. They wanted more land. But they didn’t want to have to work too hard for it.

Doesn’t that sound like a lot of us?

  • We would like more than we have
  • We think we deserve more than we have but
  • We don’t want to risk anything to get more than we have

Joshua was only too happy to offer them more, but he wasn’t willing to get it for them. His answer was forthright and straightforward; “the mountain is yours. Go take it.”

The blessings God has for each of us are unique to us. And there are more blessings available to us from God. But those blessings come through our obedience to the word of God. 

All of us may have all of God.

Just go get Him.

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Joshua 17:16 All of Us May Have All of God