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April 20, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 1 Kings 21-22
Audio: 1 Kings 21-22

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1 Samuel 7 (ESV)

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. 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.

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.” So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the Lord only.

Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.” 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. 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. 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.” 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 mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel. 11 And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car.

12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” 13 So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14 The cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath, and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.

15 Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16 And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places. 17 Then he would return to Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he judged Israel. And he built there an altar to the Lord.

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  1. But the Lord thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel. 1 Samual 7:10

    Confusion

    When we think of the Lord's activity in humanity, we often think of Him working in nature (like the flood) or things which are external to people (like the plagues). But in today's chapter we see that God has the power to confuse large groups of people so they are defeated. 

    Why did God come to Israel's rescue after an extended period of silence?

    Repentance

    1 Samual 7:3-4 “'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."

    Confession

    1 Samuel 7:5-6 "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."

    Notice how restoration is always the same?

    Admitting you have sinned against God is only part of the process or being restored to God. This must always be combined with corrective action. 

  2. One of the chief characteristics of a prophet of God is his or her imploring people to repent, to turn from their sins and turn to God. Here we see Samuel leading the people of Israel in repentance and confession, preparing a sacrifice on their behalf, and praying for them. 

    Genuine confession of sin is accompanied by remorse over sin, because sin grieves God.

    Genuine repentance is accompanied by the fruit of repentance — a changed attitude and direction.

    One of the greatest deceptions in the Church today is the ease with which we accept sin in ourselves or others, or downplay its seriousness. Yet Scripture is clear:

    "Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning." ~ 1 John 3:4-10

    I'm so grateful to God for the Holy Spirit, who not only convicts me of sin, but empowers me to put it to death for the glory of God. 

    "Search me, O God, and know my heart!
        Try me and know my thoughts!
    And see if there be any grievous way in me,
        and lead me in the way everlasting!"
    ~ Psalm 139:23-24

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