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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1 Samuel 30:6 Discouragement Not Necessary

1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV)
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

I was privileged to hear a wonderful message today, by Pastor Douglas Duffett, of Bible Baptist Church in Fairbanks, AK. Pastor Duffett’s message took us through David’s experience of serving under King Saul, through to this passage. After years of fleeing King Saul David, in 1 Samuel 27:1 (KJV) claims,
And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

At this time, David fled into Gath, the land of the Philistines. 

Pastor Duffett describes the spiral that led King David into Gath like this:

  • Disappointment led to
  • Doubt which led to
  • Despair which led then to
  • Discouragement finally leading to
  • Depression

The point of the message was that David came finally to “encourage himself in the Lord.” He urges us in the message to do the same.[1]Pastor Duffett’s observations were very helpful. The Bible teaches us to be strong and of good courage. Discouragement is dangerous and not necessary if we will take steps to encourage ourselves in the Lord.


[1]I am of the opinion that David’s decision to go into Gath may have been more at the behest of the Lord than of despair. What secret subterfuge God may have sent David to accomplish in Gath might be more than we can ever know while on the earth.

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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?   To my readers: I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

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