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Ebenezer! - by Michael Phillips
The Life of Samuel - Part 5 of 11
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1 Samuel 7:2-17
Jul 08, 2007 am - Today, with God's blessing, we come to Part 5 in The Life of Samuel. The last time we heard from the man, he wasn't a man at all. He was a boy, listening to God in the Tabernacle and just beginning to speak His Word to the nation. The quiet years in Samuel's life were bad years in the life of his people. They were conquered by the Philistines, their priesthood was lost, the Sanctuary burned down, and for seven months the Ark of the Covenant was in enemy hands. To make matters worse, the nation was in revolt against the Lord, and now worshiping the gods of the land, whose liturgy included bowing down to idols and taking part in orgies. This is what happens to people when we do not hear the Word. In those days-the Bible says-the Word of the Lord was rare, there was no widespread revelation. Thank God, some still huddled around the Law, but they were few and far between. Then-as now-the absence of God's Word leads only to confusion, apostasy, and ruin. If the people had been left to themselves, they would have perished, and become nothing more than a name in old books, known only to scholars of the Ancient Near East. But they were not left to themselves. The Lord was still with His ... More >>>

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