Discuss 1 Samuel 7

  • Richard H Priday - 1 week ago
    Primary themes and practical applications of the Bible (part 4)

    It should be fairly obvious that we only can follow what the Lord says in scripture. As previously mentioned Satan accurately quoted scriptures to Christ but it was to suit his twisted logic in order to make another failed attempt to bring down Christ to get the glory for himself. The previous example of Moses as well as any other Bible characters; almost all whose flaws were painstakingly detailed in the Bible show that even accurate biographies of these individuals doesn't mean we should emulate them in all things. Certainly we can learn from their mistakes; even with circumstances from thousands of years ago when men would covet a neighbor's donkey and other things that are hard to relate to.

    "Substance over form"

    In 1 Samuel 7:9 Samuel only offered ONE lamb which would be for; as far as I can tell all of Israel at that time. There were other instances when men were allowed to take the Passover one month later when unclean; when David ate the shewbread only by law for the priests; etc. Even in the old Testament times; a true sacrifice was with a broken and contrite spirit ( Psalm 51:17). It became clear later on in passages such as Isaiah 1:14 that God was tired of rituals without being heartfelt and he actually used the word HATE to describe it. That word is rare; the only other time I am aware of it is used with the passage "I hate divorce" ( Malachi 2:16). Eventually the New Covenant would render the old obsolete; but we can't say there aren't relatable themes here; once again pointing to a man's heart condition such as was seen with the parable given in Luke 18:13.

    Justifying our religious pride certainly hasn't died out with the law and the Old Testament regulations; it has merely found different ways to control and manipulate people under the "authority" of the church and offices of administration that are excuses for "lording it over" parishioners; and often fleecing money.
  • Stones of Remembrance and Altars - In Reply on Leviticus 6 - 2 years ago
    Wisdom's seven pillars in the Bible: according to scripture, are: fear of the Lord, instruction, knowledge, understanding, discretion, counsel, and reproof.

    1 Samuel 7:7-12 depicts the Israelites under imminent attack from the Philistines. God leads them to victory, so Samuel erects a large stone and names it Ebenezer, meaning 'the stone of help'.

    Genesis 28-32+

    The first Biblical reference to memorial stones comes in Genesis 28: 10-22, when Jacob set a pillar in Bethel to commemorate a powerful vision of God that he experienced while sleeping there. The experience was so striking that Jacob felt that it must be commemorated, so he erected the stone upon which he slept. [comment: Jacob built pillars all along his path. Stones of remembrance.]

    Altar Fires Leviticus 6

    12 And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings.

    13 The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

    [priests oversaw the altar duties]

    Comment: Pillars of stones were used to mark or commemorate something. For some of us it would be well to build a pillar of stones to remember that a major life event (like forgiveness to an individual) took place and the pile is testimony to that. For some of us, each stone is a person who wronged us, and we forgave them. Or, Maybe a fallen friend on a battlefield you want to remember forever.

    No comments please. People remember others their own way. Veterans Day is set aside to remember fallen soldiers. I have a basket of rocks taken from each grave, of a soldier I honor. They are not forgotten.
  • Jessie on 1 Samuel 7 - 3 years ago
    Notice that the children of Israel are depending on an "It" to save them. Meaning the Arc of the Covenant. Notice that didn't work too well! It was not until they saw the errors of their ways and ask the Almighty God to save them did things turn around. I think this is a good message for today. We as a nation put too much emphasis on the "It's" of the world to secure us. Social Security, Insurance, Retirement, 401K's, etc. We need to lift our eyes upon the Lord and Savior and ask him to heal our land and put in the minds of our leaders to praise the God of all creation. Then, "HE" not "IT" will save us and heal our land.
  • Stanjett - In Reply on 1 Samuel 7 - 4 years ago
    Well,well, Hello Brother.
  • Ivy Johnson on 1 Samuel 7 - 4 years ago
    Account of God’s dealing with the nation: including Samuel: the connecting link:between Judges and Kings: Phillistines warred against Israel:with Samuel at Mizpeh, pray to the Lord: drew water: poured it out before the Lord: and fasted: acknowledging their sins: lord’s of the Phillistines against Israel: Samuel cease not to cry to God for us: save us: Hands of Philistines: offered sacrifice: Amen
  • Joe on 1 Samuel 7 - 6 years ago
    @Anne I truly believe if you confess you sins and as for forgiveness, god will listen and help you. You are correct.
  • Steve Vargas on 2 Samuel 6 - 6 years ago
    Notice the break in protocol, yes the Ark was in Abinadab house but he and his sons were not sanctified to oversee..
    1 Samuel 7:1
    And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
  • Anne on 1 Samuel 7 - 6 years ago
    A penitent and contrite heart God will not despise. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins (1Jn.1:9).
  • Andrew on 1 Samuel 7 - 7 years ago
    i believe in the power of sacrifice. In this text while Samuel is offering the sacrifice the Philistines geared up for the attack but we serve a mighty God who show up when we least expect in our distressful situation. Amen
  • Steve Jett on 1 Samuel 7 - 8 years ago
    Of all the verses in this chapter, the one that speaks to me is number 9. I want to completely offer everything to the Lord for His blessing, knowing He doesn't just want a little bit all of what I can give.
  • Dewey J on 1 Samuel 7 - 8 years ago
    Coll, in verse 12 I believe from surrounding scripture that Ebenezer is referring to that rock. Praise God in the highest and bless his Holy name through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Amen.
  • Coll on 1 Samuel 7 - 8 years ago
    verse 12. Is Ebenezer the name given to the stone or the area?
  • C.b. on 1 Samuel 7 - 9 years ago
    I like 5 and 6 we to must be sorry for sins and repent.
  • Ira on 1 Samuel 7 - 9 years ago
    Samuel prayed for Israel, and he urged them to repent. We are to pray for our nation as well.
  • Sam on 1 Samuel 7:16 - 10 years ago
    Samuel was a sojourner,pilgrim and also a judge
  • Cedric on 1 Samuel 7 - 10 years ago
    i thank God for so many amazing ways for my life there so many ways that he give me. I have so many trials in my life happen he always guide and lead for me.

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