We are blogging through the Bible!
On one of the Facebook Groups I belong to, Titus Women’s Gathering, I am honored to serve as an administrator as well as a contributor to a few of the on-going ministries there. One of those ministries is called “Revel in the Word,” an endeavor to read through the entire Bible, gleaning and discussing as we go.
We have decided to start blogging those efforts so that not only those in the group can benefit, but everyone from our own respective blogs as well! I do hope our reading along together today from 1 Samuel Chapters 7 & 8 will greatly bless you. Please feel free to join the discussion for this blogging in the comments below, and feel free to check out the links I will be providing below as more links go live on the other blogs!
Here are the blog posts that have already been written so far on this journey:
- 1 Samuel Chapter 1, by Tammy, can be found HERE.
- 1 Samuel Chapter 2, by Tammy, can be found HERE.
- Check out 1 Samuel Chapter 3, by Tammy, can be found HERE.
- 1 Samuel Chapter 4, by Tammy, can be found HERE.
- 1 Samuel Chapters 5 & 6, by Tammy, can be found HERE.
Blogging Through 1 Samuel Chapter 7
As we arrive at Chapter 7, we find the Ark of the LORD returned to its proper place. Having spent time in the possession of the Philistines, and in the temple beside their God Dagon, they have already realized this piece is NOT for them!
After the people of Israel lamented for twenty years, the prophet Samuel finally spoke to them, saying…
…If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. (1 Samuel 7:3)
The children of Israel did that and more, serving ONLY the Lord. They fasted and repented of the sins they had committed against Him, gathering in Mizpeh, as Samuel had instructed them to do. Once there, however, the Philistines caught wind of it and decided to go up against them.
Asking Samuel to help
When the Israelites realized that the Philistines were coming, they immediately asked Samuel to “cry unto the Lord” for them, that God would save them from these Philistines. Samuel did just that, offering a burnt offering and praying to the Lord, and the Lord heard him.
Not only were the Philistines smitten that day in Israel, but they became subdued to the point that the Lord’s hand was against them for the rest of Samuel’s life. Israel’s cities were restored, the coasts were restored, and there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
1 Samuel Chapter 8
This chapter starts out by discussing the fact that Samuel’s children, Joel and Abiah, were made judges over Israel when Samuel had gotten too old. Unfortunately, these two were nothing like Samuel! They enjoyed taking bribes for personal gain, and they perverted judgment, presumably for their own edification.
The elders finally had enough and told Samuel that his sons were not walking in his ways. It was at this point that the people asked Samuel to give them a king to judge over them as other nations had. This was very displeasing to God, so much so that he apparently took it to God personally. God responded with a comforting word for Samuel:
And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. (1 Samuel 8:7).
Samuel Reveals the King Life
God told Samuel to hearken to whatever the people asked for, but He also told him to protest it and tell them exactly what they would be getting from life with a worldly king. And so Samuel told them. He spoke of how the king would take their sons, daughters, fields, vineyards, oliveyards, seed, menservants, maidservants, animals, and workers, all for his own gain and his own needs. He told them that they would cry out because of all this, but the Lord would not hear them.
Still, the people insisted that they would have a king, just like the other nations. A king that would judge them, and fight their battles for them. I cannot imagine living in that day and deciding to choose a fleshly man to fight for the country as opposed to the One True God, the Creator of the Universe and all life.
To have had the miracles before their very own eyes, and to have seen the prophecies come true. Time and again. And yet they did not believe or care about what Samuel said about this king. It’s scary to think.
But I suppose hindsight is 20/20!
Still Dealing With It Today
While we are not Israelites, nor under the dictatorship of a king, we can still see remnants of Samuel’s prophecy. All these thousands of years later, the “king” still gets a portion of everything that we have.
Some of our children go to public schools where they are taught secular lessons. Teaching about God is strictly forbidden, while even the mention of Him can often cause trouble as well. So, they continue to have their hands on our sons and our daughters, just as Samuel foretold.
Then there are the taxes. In Israel, Samuel said the king would take fields, vineyards, oliveyards, and cattle. Here, we pay taxes on our homes, land, utility bills, vehicles, and every single purchase we make. We pay a percentage (which equals about 26% in Kentucky) of our paychecks before we even receive our wages. The “king” is still taking a “percentage.”
Isn’t it funny how some things never change, even after all this time?
Angela has a static page for her contributions to our journey through the Word and can be HERE on her website, No Longer Lukewarm. You can go there now, for more on Chapters 7 & 8 from 1 Samuel.
We pray that as you read along with our blogging, that God will bless and enrich your Bible Study time with great revelation knowledge!
Father God, I thank You that we have Your Word to guide us and direct us on our path. We know that in this day and age, it’s not “popular” or “cool,” as far as society is concerned, to pray and seek Your Face. And yet we do, and we will!
Lord, we ask, in Jesus Name, that You would give us eyes to see and ears to hear, every Word that we need to in order to make ourselves available to You. The only king I want ruling over me, is You!