Monday, June 30, 2014

1 Samuel 25

Nabal, "a fool rich" looks great in the eye of the world; but to God who takes right views, he looked very mean, unworthy of honor and respect. David was determined to destroy Nabal, but God in His sovereign will struck him. David gives God thanks for keeping him away from murder and carrying out vengeance with his own hand. As God's servant, we ought to be thankful for God's  providences which are the means to keep us from sinning... Reading: 1 Sam. 25, God bless. 

1 Samuel 24

God delivered Saul into David's hand, an opportunity given to David to exercise his  faith and patience. He knows that he had a promise of the kingdom, but no command to slay God's anointed. He reasons out strongly against doing Saul any evil thing. Thus he rendered good for evil, an example to all who are called Christians, to overcome evil with good. Reading: 1 Sam. 24. God bless.

1 Samuel 23

David made no attempt against Saul; he kept God's way, waited God's time, and was content to secure himself in the woods &wildernesses. His friend Jonathan comforted him, and as self-denying friend, he took pleasure in the desire of David for advancement to the throne. Then he renewed his covenant and friendship with David. In our lives, let us not be dismayed at the future difficulties, but stay ourselves upon Him who works in us faithfully in all things... Reading: 1 Sam. 23, God bless.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

1 Samuel 22

David received all who come unto him, the distressed souls and people in troubles, then he changes them into a holy people and employes in his service. It shows that those who would reign with him must be contented first to suffer with him and be faithful to him. He assures them on safety in God, and promises that they are in His protection. With Jesus, the Son of David, all who belong to Him will be in safeguard always... Reading: 1 Samuel 22. God bless.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1 Samuel 20

The separation of David and Jonathan was grievous to both, specially to David that need to leave all his comforts in the palace and the sanctuary of the Lord. The future is unknown and the road is coarse. For Christians, we need not sorrow, as men without hope, because we are being one with Christ. We are always one with each other, and will meet in His presence after some times, to part no more where all tears shall be wiped from our eyes... Reading: 1 Sam. 20, God bless. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

1 Samuel 19

David was destined to be king of Israel, but he met various trials in preparation for future advancements. Thus the Lord deals with those whom He prepares unto bigger assignments. He does not put them into immediate possessions of the ministry, but leads them to it through rough roads. But God is with David, and surrounded him with good and honest people like Jonathan and Samuel. In our lives, it is the Lord Jesus who is with us always... Reading: 1 Sam. 19, God bless. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

1 Samuel 18

The friendship of David and Jonathan was the effect of Divine grace, a symbol of our relationship with Christ. God unites our hearts so that we can join ourselves with the Lord in an everlasting covenant. David learned to behave wisely, and gained the respect of his people. His troubles came after his elevation, but arises from them. He magnified the honor of being son-in-law to Saul, and we too should magnify more the honor of being children to the King of heaven... Reading: 1 Sam. 18, God bless. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

1 Samuel 17

When David talked to Saul, he answered his fears with faith. When Goliath appeared, he talked with pride and arrogance. Nothing can excel the humility and faith which appear in David's words. He expressed his expectation of success that the victory might be ascribed to the Lord alone. Smooth stone depicts the refined character of God's servant. God resists the proud and pours contempt on those who defy Him and his people... Reading: 1 Sam. 17, God bless.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

1 Samuel 16

We can tell how people look outwardly, but only God can tell what they are, because He judges men by the heart. We often form a mistaken judgment of characters, but the Lord values the faith and integrity beyond human discernment. In this passage, when the Spirit of the Lord came upon David, the distressing Spirit came upon Saul, with God's permission. In this world, the best things in life is being sealed with the Spirit of God, a work of grace in our hearts... Reading: 1 Sam. 16, God bless. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

1 Samuel 15

Obedience to the perfect will of God is always better than personal sacrifice. Many boast obedience to the command of God, but the result of their work had witnessed against them. Carnal and deceitful hearts like Saul always think to excuse themselves from God's commands by what pleases themselves. It is really hard to convince the children of disobedience to obey God's will. But the humble in more pleasing and desirable to Him... Reading: 1 Sam. 15, God bless. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

1 Samuel 14

Jonathan felt a Divine impression to destroy the Philistines, putting himself upon this bold adventure. It shows that if we are in perfect harmony with God, seeking Him for direction, with full purpose of heart to follow His guidance, then God will direct our steps. Sometimes we are more comfortable in our own doing, in which we are used to do in the past. We need to resist that attitude, for the Lord who made our heart knows how to lead it calmly... 1 Sam. 14, God bless. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

1 Samuel 13

Saul broke the expressly order given by Samuel (see: 1 Sam 10:8 ), then offered sacrifice without Samuel, and did it himself, though he was unauthorized to do it. Yet he justified himself and gave no sign of repentance. Immediately, Samuel pronounce God's judgment. Lesson: Our disposition to obey God or not will be proved by our behavior in thing which appear small. Saul's act seems small but God saw this as unbelief of His providence... Reading: 1 Sam. 13, God bless.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

1 Samuel 12

Samuel clears his own character to the Israelites, sets himself an example before Saul, and shows the people their ingratitude to God and to himself. He shows their folly for desiring a king that would  reign over them, rather than God. At Samuel's word, God sent thunder and rain to tell them they had done wicked thing. Then they entreat Samuel to pray for them. Lesson: Many don't want Christ and church to reign over them, yet would be glad to pray for them... Reading: 1 Sam 12, God bless. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

1 Samuel 11

The first fruit of Saul's kingdom was the rescue of his people. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him to fulfill his mission. The Bible shows that when the Spirit of God comes upon God's servants, that person will become expert even without experience. And when God is pleased to help the sincere servant, great effect may be produced. Some may despise us, but one thing is sure, humility and total dependence on God will always lead us to victory... Reading: 1 Sam. 11, God bless. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

1 Samuel 10

Saul's anointing of oil is pointing at the coming Messiah, who would be anointed not w/ literal oil but w/ the Holy Spirit. Upon the proclamation of Saul, two things can be observed; first, he may be conscious of his unworthiness and insufficiency for the services in which he is called, second, he refused the ministry to which the Lord gave him. In God's work, the attitude of the heart matters most, because only people with good heart can sustain God's service... Reading: 1 Sam. 10, God bless. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1 Samuel 9

Saul's obedience to his father was praiseworthy. And since they went up to the land of Zuph to find the lost donkeys, they used the opportunities to acquaint with the man of God; a wise move. God told Samuel to anoint Saul with oil as the commander over His people. In here, we see the humble beginning of Saul, modestly telling his tribe as the smallest while his family as the least. Yet in the process, he failed to maintain that posture...  Reading: 1 Sam. 9, God bless.  

1 Samuel 8

Samuel's children were corrupt judges so the people asked for king. They wanted to be like all the nations around. They had forgotten that they are holy nation -different- and God is their King. Samuel was displeased, and brought him to his knees. God answered, but despite Samuel's discouragement, the people were not willing to listen. This is the sample of what theologians call "permissive will." God will grant your desire though it is not His, but you will face the consequence... Reading: 1 Sam. 8, God bless. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

1 Samuel 7

Samuel labored to revive true religion and "YHWH only" ministry. The few words for repentance and commitment he preached are very expressive, one of the most effectual revivals which ever took place in Israel. It shows that when the sinners began to repent and reform, they can expect the gracious answer of the Lord for prayers and restoration. As a result, God became their partner to win their battle against the Philistines and regain what was lost... Reading: 1 Sam. 7, God bless. 

1 Samuel 6

Seven months the Philistines were punished with the presence of the ark, living both in sin and in God's presence, a worse situation for a person. Along with the offerings, they sent the ark back to its proper place, but the Israelites were destroyed by God for they looked up into it without knowing that only the high priest was allowed to see it once a year. Ignorance of the law is dangerous and destructive... Reading : 1 Samuel 6, God bless.

Friday, June 6, 2014

1 Samuel 5

Dagon, the god of the Philistine had bowed down to the God of Israel. Thus, the kingdom of Satan will certainly fall before the kingdom of Christ. Their spirits of error and all evil interest and schemes will come to nothing. God's heavy Hand will be upon them. On the other hand, when the men of faith and true servants of Christ seem ready to sink, we have confidence that the day of triumph will come to pass in the mighty name of Jesus... Reading: 1 Sam. 5, God bless.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

1 Samuel 4

Sin was in the camp, and they gave their enemies all the advantage to win the battle. God who is supposed to be their protector had caused their own defeat and destruction. The capture of the ark was a great judgment upon Israel, and a sign of God's displeasure. If they only knew the word of God, they would know how to live victoriously. Obedience to the word will give glory to God. But if God go, the glory goes, and all good goes... Reading: 1 Sam. 4, God bless.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

1 Samuel 3

"Shemu El" means God listened [to Hannah]. Eli directed Samuel to listen to God's voice and told him how to meet it. He instructed the young boy what to say and understand the message. Good words should be put into children's mouths, by which they may be prepared to learn Divine things, and be trained up to regard them. Church's leaders should also help the members to perceive the voice of the Holy Spirit through Bible Study, prayers, preaching, etc... Reading: 1 Sam. 3, God bless. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

1 Samuel 2

Hannah's heart rejoiced, not to Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift, and praises the Giver. She fulfilled her vow and brought Samuel to Eli to minister unto the house of the Lord. Then God blessed her more by giving 3 sons and 2 daughters.  Lesson: Fulfill our vows and give what is due to Him, because God is able to provide our needs beyond what we think. We will be enriched in every way so that we can always be generous... Reading: 1 Sam. 2, God bless. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

1 Samuel 1

Hannah was insulted because she was barren. She prayed hard, and she considered the mercy of God who knows the troubled soul. She spoke softly and testified her belief of God's knowledge of the heart and its desires. As a result God listened and answered her prayers. Samuel was a miracle baby. If people pray, nothing will remain miserable, especially those who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus... Reading: 1 Samuel 1, God bless.