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The Ark - by Michael Phillips
The Life of Samuel - Part 4 of 11
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1 Samuel 5:1-7:1
Jul 01, 2007 am - Today, with God's blessing, we come to part four in our study of The Life of Samuel. The curious thing about this part of his Life is that he's not in it! If you re-read 1 Samuel, chapters 5, 6, and part of 7, you won't find the man's name or any reference to the work God called him to do. Know why? Because 1 Samuel is not about Samuel. Like the rest of the Old Testament, it is about God, who He is, and what He's going to do for us in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Who is God? The chapters tell us He is a Holy God whose wrath burns against all sin-the Philistines', the Israelites', and yours and mine too! He is this, but not only this. The holy, righteous, and offended God is no less tender, patient, and forgiving. This is how our chapters present Him, and how we ought to think about Him. Not only because it strikes a good balance between respect and love, but because He really is this way. BACKGROUND The story begins with the fortunes of Israel at an all-time low. The armies have been soundly defeated, the priesthood has been wiped out, and worst of all, the Ark of the Covenant has been carried away by the Philistines. It's no wonder a baby born at this time was named, Ichabod, ... More >>>

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