April 2, 2006
Read 1 Samuel 4
Consequences of sin; death of Eli; Ark of the Covenant taken;
The hostile Philistines lived on the coastal plains of the Mediterranean Sea, on the southwestern border of
Because of a lack of spiritual insight, the Israelites' hopes were on the Ark, not on God who dwelt above the Mercy Seat and who alone has power to save (Exodus 25:10-22). The Israelites marched into battle against the Philistines confident of victory. But the two sons of Eli who carried the
Eli, who was old and blind, sat near the Tabernacle anxious to hear the outcome of the battle. A messenger returned and reported:
After the death of Eli, Samuel spake unto all . . .
The comforting truth is that God works through men and women of faith, like Samuel, who display their trust in Him by their obedience to His Word. Let us hold fast (firmly) the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised) (Hebrews 10:23).
4:9 quit yourselves like men = act like men and exercise all the strength you have; 4:12 his clothes rent . . . earth upon his head = signs of great sorrow; 4:13 his heart trembled = he was deeply concerned and anxious; 4:18 judged = governed or ruled; 4:19 travailed = gave birth; 5:6 emerods = tumors, boils; 6:2 diviners = fortune-tellers; 6:5 images = likenesses; 6:6 had wrought wonderfully = did mighty things; 6:7 milch kine = heifers, milk cows; 6:8 coffer = box; 6:14 clave = split; 7:1 sanctified = consecrated; 7:3 strange = foreign, false; 7:10 discomfited them = confused them and caused them to panic.
Through the rock called Ebenezer, which means The Stone of Help (I Samuel 7:12). Jesus is the Rock of our salvation; our help comes from Him (Psalms 18:2; 121:2). I can do all things through Christ which (who) strengtheneth me (Phillipians 4:13).
Pray for Government Official (listed on their birthdays): Rep. Paul Kanjorski (PA) · Country:
Memory Verse for the Week: I Samuel 15:22