Day 55 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 7-11
💠 Secret for Victory 💠
For deliverance from the Philistines Israelites had to get rid of idols, Ashtoreths, commit themselves to the Lord and serve Him. Then Samuel cried unto the Lord and the Lord delivered the Israelites into their hands. All the days of his life Samuel continued to be their judge.
When Samuel was old he appointed his two sons as judges, but they perverted justice. So for the first time the Israelites desired to have a king over them. By this they rejected God as their King, broke the covenant and forgot His Constant Provision and Protection.
💠 Saul the First King of Israel 💠
God's directions are sometimes very strange. Saul from the tribe of Benjamin was sent by his father to seek his donkeys which were lost. On his way he reached the town where Samuel was. God had already told Samuel that he should anoint Saul as king of Israel.
After taking part in the sacrifice he spent the night with Samuel. On the way back he met a procession of prophets who were prophesying. There the Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power and he was changed to a different person.
Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel together and informed them that Saul would be their king and the people shouted Long live the king. The first brave act of Saul was to deliver the Israelites from the Ammonites. It was a great victory.
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Saul was a Benjamite belonging to the smallest tribe in Israel. He was not confident to be the King. We cannot understand God's ways. His choice may not be according to our liking. God's purposes will be fulfilled. Saul was chosen and would do well as long as he honours and respects God and keeps the Holy Covenant.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
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💥 deeper meditation. 💥
1 Samuel: 7: 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"
The lsraelites faced threat of the Philistines, who had previously defeated them when God's people did not trust Him.( I Samuel: 4)
After repenting of their sins, they heard the Philistines were about to attack. This time, however they asked Samuel to intercede for them, and the Lord answered clearly by thunder and threw the enemy into confusion and they were smitten before Israel. The Lord proved himself mightier than them all.
⚡ Samuel was a prayer warrior. Here, in response to his intercession, God gave the nation victory over the Philistines. We are also called for interceeding for others. Our routine prayer contains only pleas for our own well being. Apostle Paul exhorts the Ephesian
Church " to pray with all manner of prayers" ( Ephesians: 6:18) It vividly speaks about different kinds of prayers they should practice, like prayer of petition, prayer of thanks-giving, Intercession, prayer of commitment, prayer of consecration, and so on.
So intercession is one of the prayers, we also should practice. The Word of God says, God himself is looking for intercessors, but in vain. " And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none" ( Ezekiel :22: 30 )
⚡ The Bible says. Abraham prayed for Lot and He remembered him when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Moses interceded for Miriam and Aaron and also for the people of Israel and the Lord answered him. David, Elijah, Elisha and all other prophets made
intercession for the people.
⚡Many a time, Jesus interceded for his disciples. He even interceded for those who persecuted him on the cross. Hebrews reveals that " He ever lives to make intercession for us" (Hebrews: 7:25 )
⚡Dear Brother / Sister Do you have someone you can pray for today ? Remember, the world around us is sinking in sin. Do we have any burden to pray for their salvation? John Wesley pronounced, "God will not do anything for the salvation of the world unless we pray. So let us pray for the salvation of the world" God has promised, " call unto me, I will answer you" ( Jeremiah : 33:3)
⚡When Job prayed for his friends, God returned his fortunes and gave twice as much as he had before" ( Job: 42:10)
🔥 So, let us become a man / woman to stand in the breach before the Lord, as He is still looking for one.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
1 Samuel 7:3 The Israelites as a nation still continued in a state of irreligion and idolatry, and as a punishment they remained in subjection to the Philistines.
During this time Samuel visited the cities and villages throughout the land, seeking to turn the hearts of the people to the God of their fathers; and his efforts were not without success.
1 Samuel 7:12 Let us look to the monumental pillars, reminders of what the Lord has done to comfort us and to save us from the hand of the destroyer.
Let us keep fresh in our memory all the tender mercies that God has shown us - the tears He has wiped away, the pains He has soothed, the anxieties removed, the fears dispelled, the wants supplied, the blessings bestowed - thus strengthening ourselves for all that is before us through the remainder of our pilgrimage.
God's Unchanging Purpose
1 Samuel 8:5 As a nation the children of Israel failed of receiving the benefits that God desired to give them.
They did not appreciate His purpose or co-operate in its execution.
But though individuals and peoples may thus separate themselves from Him, His purpose for those who trust Him is unchanged.
God Tries to Reach Saul
1 Samuel 9:17 Under the rule of Saul, Israel would obtain the experience necessary in order that they might see their error, and return to their allegiance to God.
Yet the Lord, having placed on Saul the responsibility of the kingdom, did not leave him to himself.
He caused the Holy Spirit to rest upon Saul to reveal to him his own weakness and his need of divine grace; and had Saul relied upon God, God would have been with him.
Long Live the King
1 Samuel 10:24 In Saul, God had given to Israel a king after their own heart, as Samuel said when the kingdom was confirmed to Saul at Gilgal,
"Behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired" (1 Samuel 12:13).
Comely in person, of noble stature and princely bearing, his appearance accorded with their conceptions of royal dignity; and his personal valor and his ability in the conduct of armies were the qualities which they regarded as best calculated to secure respect and honor from other nations. They felt little solicitude that their king should possess those higher qualities which alone could fit him to rule with justice and equality.
They did not ask for one who had true nobility of character, who possessed the love and fear of God. They had not sought counsel from God as to the qualities of a ruler should possess, in order to preserve their distinctive, holy character as His chosen people.
They were not seeking God's way, but their own way.
Therefore God gave them such a king as they desired - one whose character was a reflection of their own.
Their hearts were not in submission to God, and their king also was unsubdued by divine grace.