April 8, 2001
I Samuel 11-12
The following comments and gleanings from
various sources are in reference to our plight
today, much like the Children of Israel experienced
some 3100 years ago:
v. 2 - someone wanting to “thrust out our right eyes
and lay it as a reproach upon Christianity”
v. 4 - People everywhere for various reasons
“lifting up their voices and weeping”
v, 6 - “the Spirit of God coming upon Saul”
* enthusiasm *
v. 7 - “they came out with one consent”
If....of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest
are these, what might have been!
Ammonites on the rampage because of disobedience
Today, spiritual ignorance, contempt of religion,
infidelity, open vice and crime, is another way of
saying that the professed followers of God & His
Christ have not been earnest and united in effort
The cure for all evils is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
No secular social reforms, sanitary arrangements,
scientific discoveries will arrest the real dangers
of human nature, a people fallen from God & His
Israel was never in any real peril during any
season of obedience to God.
Spiritual fidelity, holiness and obedience before
God is what is necessary - the material and the
social will follow.
Irreligion and adverse influences are traceable to
unfaithfulness of God’s people throughout history.
Compromise with the enemy, the world,
“know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity
with God” James 4:4
I John 3:15-17
“Take heed; and beware of covetousness: for a man’s
life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which
he possesseth” - Luke 12:15
Men have lost much good and brought on much misery
by their falling away from God and His resources &
Periodic decline of civilization - the earth, air and sea
have for ages been full of God’s hidden treasures for
the use of man; the power to heal, to accomplish work,
promoting the material and domestic good of all.
(ex. fire in the rock - here I am talking about such a blessing of fire which God had enclosed in flint for earlier peoples - compare this with the blessing of oil for later man)
(See I Samuel 11-12 - John Bunyan's poem)
Jesus said to the woman at the well (who had seven
husbands) “if thou knew the gift of God and who it is
that speaketh unto thee” you would not go hither &
thither in your frustrations, all sad, weary and teary
eyed, but would ask of Him and He would give thee
Pocket money - Living Water. What a contrast!
Material wealth is a boon not to be despised, often
it is the gift of God but for its full development
and enjoyment it needs another gift, health of
body and generosity of spirit.
The highest gift of all is the rich, abundant,
all sufficient, outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Each of us should live as to be a fit vehicle for
the transmission of the healing, saving power
of God on mankind.
Much of our wailing and fear are the result of
a guilty forgetfulness or God or failure to trust
Him to bless our endeavors.
Concurrence of Divine and human action.
Few men consider what is involved in
“entering into the kingdom of heaven”.
Apparently, much of the action of God on the
world is through His people, arms, legs, hands,
POEM - see I Samuel 11-12 Jesus Hands
It is good to pause in life’s struggles and consider
gratefully our personal indebtedness to God's working
in and through us.
It is He “that giveth power to get wealth”, Deut. 8:18,
it is He that keeps us from “the destruction that wasteth
at noonday” - Psalm 91:6
God works with and for every nation that loves
and seeks righteousness.
“Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is
a reproach to any people.” Prov. 14:34
Much of the non-success of effort may arise
from an insufficient recognition of God as
a co-worker with us.
The confirmation of King Saul - his clemency
in the previous chapter.
vs. 3-4 - How things are supposed to be!
vs. 6-7 - Reality of things - History
Isaiah 5:1-7 - highlighted material rest of chapter.
“briers and thorns” - expose of who they are - ACLU,
ungodly hiders (haters) behind first amendment expression,
pseudo-intellectual college professors, etc.
Examples of the blinding effect of moral corruption
on the intellect - the prosperity of fools is in the long
run their destruction.
If only dispisers of the gospel knew the richness of
its mercy for ALL MEN, they would surely not seek
to hinder its acceptance by this sorrowing world.
The concerted efforts to keep American youth from
knowing, churches, family structure, gratification.
We are not left to wander at our will, or to follow the
contradictory voices of depraved men. There is a
“sure word of prophecy which shineth as a light in
a dark place.” - II Peter 1:19
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee,
saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn
to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
It becomes the child of God to manifest tender sympathy
for men who are spiritually weak and erring trying to
convince them that though they are very sinful, God
is merciful and waiting to bless!
v. 10 - “We have sinned........”
v. 11 - “and dwelled safe” - with sin came danger
and unquiet, with repentance, free from
danger and minds at rest.
v. 12 - Distrust of God’s all-sufficiency.
The attempted substitution of a form of
government apart from personal righteousness.
The attempted substitution of what is formal
and outward for what is moral and inward.
“Abide in me.....for without me ye can do nothing”
“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness,
and going about to establish their own righteousness,
have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God!
v. 14 - “to follow Jehovah” means willing and active
service as His attendants, going with Him where
He wills, and being ever ready to obey His voice!
v. 20 - “ye have done all this wickedness” - Don’t let
past sins & mistakes spoil your life. Regardless of what
you have done, if you turn to the Lord for salvation and
forgiveness, God will accept & richly bless you.
DON’T LET THE PAST DESTROY YOUR FUTURE
OR RUIN THE PRESENT FOR YOU!
“turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart”
v. 22 - “the Lord will not forsake...”
v. 23 - “God forbid that I should cease to pray for you”
“I will teach you the good and the right way”
Jobs to do!
v. 24 - “consider” - Isaiah 1:3 “my people doth not
Obedience the only rational conduct, sinful behavior most irrational conduct!
The alternatives are Life and Death!