1 Samuel 13:8 God Is Never Late

1 Samuel 13:8 (KJV)
And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

My Bible captions this passage as “Saul’s Unlawful Sacrifice.”

The passage is about leadership:

  • Saul is an anointed leader
  • Samuel is a God called leader but
  • God is the only true leader

Saul, seeing that the people were scattered and having lost confidence in Samuel (he was late) took upon himself a function that did not belong to him. He was, because of this, disqualified from office (though he appeared to still possess it for years to come).

I think our world is in this shape today. Many have determined that the God called preachers aren’t getting the job done well enough. They see that the people are scattered so they have taken upon themselves to devise their own plans to give them assurance and leadership. These self appointed leaders have done foolishly. While it may seem that they have been successful, they have disqualified themselves and will meet judgment in God’s time.

God is never late. He is not slack and neither are His preachers. They just serve in a different timeframe than that of the world.

Trust God. He knows what he is doing.

 

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1 Samuel 12:7 Reasoning Skills

1 Samuel 12:7 (KJV)
Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.

This chapter gives great insight in reasoning through disagreements.

Samuel won the right to reason
He began by informing the people he had honored their request. Though he did not agree with it he did understand (through the revelation of God) that this was their right.

Samuel had an honest testimony
He had never mistreated them or taken from them.

Samuel sought their acknowledgment of this
And they agreed. He had been a just leader.

Samuel requested they be still and allow him the full line of reason
To listen to an argument one must be still. He cannot be chomping for his turn to speak. He cannot interrupt mid-sentence.

When the people acknowledged their sin in asking for a king Samuel encouraged them. He did not browbeat them. His only request was that they would obey the Lord from here on. None of us do right all the time. Like Israel, I suspect we add one sin on another. The thing to do is to press on, confess our sin and pick ourselves up to follow the Lord.

 

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Revelation 5:4-5 The Way Out of Tears

Revelation 5:4-5 (KJV)
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

There is a practical lesson here that might be missed as we gaze upon the spiritual.

At first John wept.
Life is filled with opportunities to weep. There are heartaches, disappointments and upsets in every realm we witness:

  • Family
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Church

The angel was sure to show John that thing over which he wept. He even let him weep much for a time.

John was then encouraged
As difficult as things appeared to be, all was not lost. There was no man but there was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

God often brings us to places of great sorrow. We’ll generally be there long enough to weep much. But then God will point us to Jesus.

In every case the way out of tears is Christ.

 

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1 Samuel 8:5-7 A Heavy Price for Rejection

1 Samuel 8:5-7 (KJV)
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
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.

Is this not a fascinating passage? When the people complained about Samuel’s ungodly sons and demanded a king instead of a prophet to replace Samuel, God never once mentioned Samuel’s sons. He immediately went to the heart of the people who rejected God’s plan.

It is not that the ungodliness of his boys was all right in the sight of God. We know it was not. But we also know God is perfectly capable of dealing with them. He did so in the case of Eli’s sons. More at issue is the rejection of the people against God’s pattern of authority.

We live in a day when many reject true Christianity and local church assemblies. They cite the corruption in all that they know as Christianity as justification for rejecting the church. I understand. Most of Christendom is Christ-less. But God has already planned His judgment of that. More serious is the rejection of the church Jesus loves and the organization and structure He places in it.

God will allow people to reject His church and create their own kind of religion. But they will pay a heavy price for it.

 

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Revelation 3:4 The Current State of Our Country

Revelation 3:4 (KJV)
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

It isn’t difficult to picture the current state of our country as Sardis like. Spiritual death is the  norm. We are certainly far from perfect before God. One would wonder if there is any possibility of revival. (Preachers have been speculating on that at least as long as I’ve been in the ministry.)

Though the clouds seem dark these days, and evil seems to be at an all time high, I believe we can claim this passage. There are a few names, even in our day, who have not defiled their garments.

Jesus is coming again. He knows the state of affairs and we can trust Him.

 

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Revelation 2:2-4 A Testimony of Kindness

Revelation 2:2-4 (KJV)
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

I read an article this week written by a man noted for his “ministry of warning” reporting about the compromised fruit of another man’s ministry. The suggested lesson of the article is that, because this later man’s ministry focuses on what he is for instead of what he is against, some of his followers have drifted into compromise, never being warned of its error.

  • One man is known for his negativity
  • The other for his positivity

Mind you, both men hold very similar doctrinal values yet neither man has great balance.

I think that fairly describes the church in Ephesus. They were right doctrinally, even right in their stands. They were just not right in their balance. Their stand had left them with a testimony of no love.

I have heard the first love preached as being many things:

  • The joy of salvation
  • The faithfulness to church services
  • The passion for soulwinning

I cannot day for sure what it is because the passage doesn’t tell me what it is.

It sure wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that it is a testimony of kindness even while defending our faith.

 

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Revelation 1:1 If You Believe in God Believe His Word

Revelation 1:1 (KJV)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

A common error regarding the Bible is that it was written by a group of religious or holy men. Another common error is that the Bible underwent the same degradations of copies that plague every other ancient writing. This passage answers both mistakes.

Notice that, in a nutshell, the Revelation is from God to His servants. But the message passes through several channels:

It was given by God to Jesus Christ
Jesus told His disciples that the day and hour of Christ’s coming belonged to God alone. Here He gives a piece of that Puzzle to Jesus.

Jesus sent the message by His angel
Angels are celestial messengers. They are not divine but they do serve the divine.

His angel signified it to John
The translation of the message from heavenly to earthly happens here.

John recorded it in this book for the servants of God to read
John did not write it, God did. Though the message passed through all these hands, it remained intact and blessed.

God’s Word is His Word, preserved through the passing of the generations. If you believe God, believe His Word to be infallible and without error.

 

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1 Samuel 6:6 God Working In The Affairs of Men

1 Samuel 6:6 (KJV)
Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?

What Israel could not do in combat, even with the Ark alongside them, God did to the Philistines with the Ark.

Spiritual victories seldom happen in our time frame or in the manner we expect but God never stops working in the affairs of men. When one people seem to be suppressed another people see great Revival. We may be working in our own fields as it were but God is at work among the Philistines of our age and location.

The lesson is to stay faithful and stay hopeful. Keep our eyes on the Lord. He will not slumber nor sleep.

 

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Jude 1:12 Born Again or Twice Dead?

Jude 1:12 (KJV)
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

This is just about as scathing a passage of Scripture as we will find anywhere in the Bible. Never let it be said that the Bible is a soft book with a tender message and without judgment.

In the midst of this terrible description of those who have crept into churches unaware is this phrase, “twice dead.”

They are dead in trespasses and sins
Having the burden of the sin nature and the record of willful acts of transgression, they are dead in their spirit and have no fellowship with God or his people.

The are as good as dead eternally
I am glad that so long as there is breath there is opportunity to be saved. Short of that, these await an eternity of suffering.

The Bible is not a mushy, wishy-washy book. But it is a book of hope. If any will but hear the warning they can accept the solution in Christ.

Better far to be born again than twice dead.

 

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Jude 1:12 Born Again or Twice Dead?

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3 John 1:5-8 Taking Nothing

3 John 1:5-8 (KJV)
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

There is here a principle I was taught in Bible College and, though not often practiced these days, I have not been able to shake. Preachers ought not seek to receive benefit (especially financial) from those who are not saved.

It is pretty much a given among the missionaries to foreign lands. In order to be welcome in most foreign fields the missionary has to prove he can provide enough income from other sources so he will not require them from the country to which he is called for ministry. I was taught the reason we support foreign missionaries and not home missionaries[1] is the home missionary can get a job while the foreign one cannot[2]. It just makes sense to me.

This also applies, I think, to what amounts to Christian panhandling. A Christian, because of his particular convictions, experiences need.

  • Maybe he refuses to work so he can devote himself to ministry
  • Maybe he refuses a job because it will require him to compromise his own convictions
  • Maybe he has overextended himself for what he believes is the cause of Christ

For whatever reason, he is in perpetual need and, just like the panhandler, has come to not mind constant begging. He even asks financial favors of the unsaved. Favors, by the way, that they don’t take kindly to granting even if they do give in to pressure to give.

Our God supplies for his own.

  • We ought therefore to live within the provisions He gives, asking nothing of the lost and
  • We ought to generously give to those preachers of the gospel who practice this sort of responsibility.

 

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3 John 1:5-8 Taking Nothing

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[1] To the same extent as we would the foreign missionary.

[2] The preachers who conceived of this concept, I remind you, were aggressive and successful home missionary church planters.