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May 21, 2024 – 1 Samuel 11:1-11

May 21, 2024 – 1 Samuel 11:1-11 11  Then Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead, and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you.”  2  But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “On this condition I will make a treaty with you, that I gouge out all your right eyes, and thus bring disgrace on all Israel.”  3  The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Give us seven days' respite that we may send messengers through all the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to save us, we will give ourselves up to you.”  4  When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, they reported the matter in the ears of the people, and all the people wept aloud. 5  Now, behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen. And Saul said, “What is wrong with the people, that they are weeping?” So they told him the news of the men of Jabesh.  6  And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled.  7  He took

May 20, 2024 – 1 Samuel 10:17-27

May 20, 2024 – 1 Samuel 10:17-27 17  Now Samuel called the people together to the  Lord  at Mizpah.  18  And he said to the people of Israel, “Thus says the  Lord , the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’  19  But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’ Now therefore present yourselves before the  Lord  by your tribes and by your thousands.” 20  Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.  21  He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its clans, and the clan of the Matrites was taken by lot; and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found.  22  So they inquired again of the  Lord , “Is there a man still to come?” and the  Lord  said, “Behold, he has hidden hims

May 19, 2024 – 1 Samuel 10:1-16

May 19, 2024 – 1 Samuel 10:1-16 10  Then Samuel tookin   a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the  Lord  anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the  Lord  and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the  Lord  has anointed you to be prince over his heritage.  2  When you depart from me today, you will meet two men by Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah, and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys that you went to seek are found, and now your father has ceased to care about the donkeys and is anxious about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’  3  Then you shall go on from there farther and come to the oak of Tabor. Three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine.  4  And they will greet you and g

May 18, 2024 – 1 Samuel 9:1-27

May 18, 2024 – 1 Samuel 9:1-27 9  There was a m.an of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.  2  And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. 3  Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, “Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.”  4  And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them. 5  When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us.”  6 

May 17, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:19-22

May 17, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:19-22 19  But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us,  20  that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”  21  And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the  Lord .  22  And the  Lord  said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.” And God said, “ Obey their voice and make them a king.”   Do you think that Samuel ever got exasperated with the Israelites? I think of my own children. As I was raising my own children, there were times when they wanted their way and I knew the consequences were not going to be pleasant. If I knew they could suffer the consequences and not be permanently harmed, and that I could act as their safety net, I would let them have their own way. They learned pretty quickly that I tr

May 16, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:10-18

May 16, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:10-18 10  So Samuel told all the words of the  Lord  to the people who were asking for a king from him.  11  He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots.  12  And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots.  13  He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.  14  He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants.  15  He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.  16  He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work.  17  He will take the tenth of your flocks, and yo

May 15, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:1-9

May 15, 2024 – 1 Samuel 8:1-9 8  When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.  2  The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.  3  Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice. 4  Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah  5  and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.”  6  But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the  Lord .  7  And the  Lord  said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.  8  According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are a

May 14, 2024 – 1 Samuel 7:5-17

May 14, 2024 – 1 Samuel 7:5-17 5  Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the  Lord  for you.”  6  So they gathered at Mizpah 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 people of Israel at Mizpah.  7  Now when the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines.  8  And the people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the  Lord  our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”  9  So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the  Lord . And Samuel cried out to the  Lord  for Israel, and the  Lord  answered him.  10  As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the  Lord  thundered with a mi

May 13, 2024 – 1 Samuel 7:1-4

May 13, 2024 – 1 Samuel 7:1-4 7  And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the  Lord  and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the  Lord .  2  From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the  Lord . 3  And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the  Lord  with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the  Lord  and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.”  4  So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the  Lord  only. Oh the Israelites! They operate in such a cycle of rejection of God and then they turn around and seek God yet again by serving Him only.    Twenty years pass before they lament and seek God, putting away their Idols and tu

May 12, 2024 – 1 Samuel 6:1-21

May 12, 2024 – 1 Samuel 6:1-21 6  The ark of the  Lord  was in the country of the Philistines seven months.  2  And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the  Lord ? Tell us with what we shall send it to its place.”  3  They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why his hand does not turn away from you.”  4  And they said, “What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines, for the same plague was on all of you and on your lords.  5  So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel. Perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land.  6  Why should you harden your hearts as t

May 11, 2024 – 1 Samuel 5:6-12

May 11, 2024 – 1 Samuel 5:6-12 6  The hand of the LORD was heavy against the people of Ashdod, and he terrified and afflicted them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory.  7  And when the men of Ashdod saw how things were, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for his hand is hard against us and against Dagon our god.”  8  So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” They answered, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be brought around to Gath.” So they brought the ark of the God of Israel there.  9  But after they had brought it   around, the hand of the LORD was against the city, causing a very great panic, and he afflicted the men of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out on them.  10  So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. But as soon as the ark of God came to Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “They have brought around to us the ark of the God

May 10, 2024 – 1 Samuel 5:1-5

May 10, 2024 – 1 Samuel 5:1-5   5 When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.  2  Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon.  3  And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place.  4  But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.  5  This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.   The ark’s triumph over Dagon demonstrates the power of God and reminds us that Christ will reign forever. Satan will be defeated in the end. What a powerful reminder that truth wi

May 9, 2024 – 1 Samuel 4:19-22

May 9, 2024 – 1 Samuel 4:19-22 19  Now his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant, about to give birth. And when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed and gave birth, for her pains came upon her.  20  And about the time of her death the women attending her said to her, “Do not be afraid, for you have borne a son.” But she did not answer or pay attention.  21  And she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband.  22  And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”   The death of Eli’s daughter-in-law is further fulfillment of the doom of Eli’s house.   How sad is this situation and the fact that all sense of hope escaped her.   Are there matters in your life that seem hopeless?   Remember that many of our earthy situations are tem

May 8, 2024 – 1 Samuel 4:12-18

May 8, 2024 – 1 Samuel 4:12-18 12  A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day, with his clothes torn and with dirt on his head.  13  When he arrived, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told the news, all the city cried out.  14  When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, “What is this uproar?” Then the man hurried and came and told Eli.  15  Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were set so that he could not see.  16  And the man said to Eli, “I am he who has come from the battle; I fled from the battle today.” And he said, “How did it go, my son?”  17  He who brought the news answered and said, “Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great defeat among the people. Your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.”  18  As soon as he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell over

May 7, 2024 – 1 Samuel 4:1-11

May 7, 2024 – 1 Samuel 4:1-11   4 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek.  2  The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle.  3  And when the people came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD here from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.”  4  So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. 5  As soon as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the

May 6, 2024 – 1 Samuel 3:1-21

May 6, 2024 – 1 Samuel 3:1-21   3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. 2  At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.  3  The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4  Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!”  5  and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6  And the LORD called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”  7  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8  And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you c