1 Samuel 10:25 (KJV)
Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.
What Samuel told the people about: the manner of the kingdom, and what he wrote in a book and what he laid up before the Lord, might have been a sort of “monarchical constitution,” the rules by which Saul was to govern. I rather don’t think it was.
What I think he: told the people, wrote in a book and laid…
1 Samuel 8:9 (KJV)
Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
There are some powerful lessons for the preacher in this text. The Bible says that when the people asked for a king like everyone else had:
Samuel was displeased
And he was right to be. No good thing will ever come from the people of God wanting to be like the people surrounding them.
And he was right to do it. The fact is that the preacher…
1 Samuel 7:8 (KJV)
And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.
I am reminded of 1 Samuel 12:23 (KJV)
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
It is a grand thing to have a man of God who takes seriously his responsibility to pray without ceasing for the people of God.
Mark 4:18–19 (KJV)
And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
These days we live on some pretty thorny ground. It would not be difficult for our spiritual lives to become choked and unfruitful. Notice the three things Jesus warns us against:
1 Samuel 3:1 (KJV)
And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
There are three things this chapter clearly tells us:
We have here one of those “chicken or the egg” situations. A person could wrestle over which cause which:
1 Samuel 2:6–8 (KJV)
The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.
As a portion of Hannah’s prayer of praise, she provides a beautiful piece of deep theological truth. …
Mark 2:8 (KJV)
And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
There was a problem.
Jesus had done something that was misunderstood by the scribes. Rather, they misunderstood the person of Jesus.
Jesus, when seeing the crippled man laid on the bed, forgave his sins. It appears to me that He may have stopped there if it had not been for the misunderstanding of the scribes. The man’s spiritual state was of so much greater consequence than his physical state.
Ruth 2:20 (KJV)
And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
Very few people rival Job for the suffering he experienced versus the blessing he knew at his end. Naomi is one of those few.
I see Elimelech and Naomi departing from Bethlehem to Moab perhaps not running from the famine but going as witnesses — missionaries. There is no doubt that…
Judges 20:30 (KJV)
And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.
By all standards this is a difficult passage.
The only way to explain the entire ordeal, in my opinion, is Judges…
Judges 18:10 (KJV)
When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.
It is easy to dislike leadership. Right now, it seems especially easy. The last two leaders of what we like to consider “the free world” have been opposing ends of the pendulum. (I will confess that I favored the end not in office today.)
Americans are a freedom loving people. We live in a land of plenty. Opportunity abounds…