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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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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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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1 Samuel 7:6 Water Means Life

1 Samuel 7:6 (KJV)
And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.

The sacrifice of water seems so counter-intuitive to me.

  • It is free of charge
  • It is generally available
  • It is common 

But recently our well pump went out and I was reminded of how necessary water is.

They drew the water, no doubt from a well someone had dug. There was effort, resources, and financial investment placed in giving the well. Someone before them had gone before and provided this blessing. 

Water is essential for life. 
They say we can go only three days without it. 

Springs of water is used to typify the Holy Spirit 
Without Him we are incapable of understanding the Bible, empowered prayer, efficient service or effective prayer.

Water means joy, refreshing, calmness, and peace of soul.
To pour water out in sacrifice then, was a potent emblem of the need of Almighty God.

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1 Samuel 5:7 Your Choice

1 Samuel 5:7 (KJV)
And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

What an interesting thing. After witnessing and acknowledging, that the God of the Jews was more powerful than them or their god, the Philistine’s response was to remove the God of the Jews. 

  • They did not repent before Him
  • They did not embrace Him as their own
  • They did not quit their trust in Dagon 

They drove away the true and living God. (Consider, if God had wanted, He could have prevented even that. God does not force Himself upon any man.)

This truth was demonstrated in the years Jesus walked upon the earth. There were so many undeniable proofs that He is God. There were so many opportunities for the people to acknowledge that His gospel was far superior to the man-made traditions of the Jews. Yet they chose to drive Him away in crucifixion. (God could have prevented Christ’s death. Even here He did not force Himself upon them.)

And now we are witnessing a widespread abandonment of Jesus Christ. We have centuries of evidence that mankind does better when following the Lord. Even with the errors of some professing believers, still, Christianity has markedly improved the status of men. Today, however, people label Christ as the terrorist. They drive Him away in favor of alternate lifestyles, gender mutilation, communist policies and the sacrifice of untold millions of babies. 

God could prevent all of this. The fact is, He will not force Himself on men. But that is not forever. One day, left to their own devices, men will have turned themselves reprobate. In that day, the Lord will return, not as a Lamb but as a Lion. He will then assume authority, slay the wicked one and rule with a rod of iron. 

It would be best if men submit to Him before that day.

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1 Samuel 3:20 A New Thing

1 Samuel 3:20 (KJV)
And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.

Gill says Dan is the northernmost of the Promised Land and Beersheba is southernmost. The whole of Israel knew that God had raised up a prophet in Samuel. 

Samuel was a new thing. He was both a man of God and a judge of Israel. 

After Samuel, Tabernacle worship continued but the role of the High priest, at least so far as the Word of God is concerned, takes on a dimmer light. We see the priests and the high priest throughout the Old Testament and into the Gospels, but they are frequently seen in a negative manner and never with great influence. 

After Samuel, we will see a transition to a king for political leadership and prophets for spiritual. Thus, in Samuel, we find the separation of church and state. 

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Ruth 4:15 A Perfect Answer

Ruth 4:15 (KJV)
And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

Matthew 10:37
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

I am a husband, a father, and a grandfather. I cannot imagine much that would be more painful than losing a child. I cannot imagine much that could possibly replace one of my children, much less be better than seven sons. But this one does it. 

Seven is the number of perfection. The child, born to Ruth and Boaz, and credited to Naomi, became the grandfather of King David and, more importantly, in the line of Jesus Christ. He really is the perfect replacement of Naomi’s son. 

I wonder how many times a prayer like that of those praying a blessing upon this baby, Obed, had been prayed? How many times someone had prayed for an answer more perfect than anyone could imagine? Sometimes it seems like our prayers are not answered. That’s never the case. God answers our prayers in ways we could never have guessed. And the best ones await us in eternity. 

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Ruth 1:20-21 Unspeakable Treasure

Ruth 1:20-21 (KJV)
And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

Naomi thought she returned home empty. The truth is, she came home wealthier than she could have ever imagined. She lost all that she believed mattered in life. She gained a treasure only eternity could reveal. 

It could easily be said that she and her husband made a huge mistake leaving the Promised Land in a time of famine. Many have accused them of causing their own calamity. Maybe so. But if they had not gone out, Naomi would have never returned with Ruth.

I think of the endeavor of the missionary. He risks a great deal. Relationships, family, security, health. Sometimes they return home feeling defeated. Perhaps they have more in their heavenly stores than they can imagine. Perhaps, having risked and lost all here, they have laid up unspeakable treasure in eternity. 

And you. You may believe yourself to be Mara, empty and abandoned. I encourage you not to lose hope. God May have a plan you cannot dream for you. 

  • Come to the Lord. 
  • Dwell with His people, and 
  • Allow Him to work. 

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