"The hand of the Lord was against them all the days of Samuel." David was enjoying a time of rest, after all the problems that he had been forced to endure. Come Thou Fount 5. His arm alone has brought salvation nigh. There may have been second causes: gracious interpositions and friendly agencies; but above and beyond all, the good man recognises the hand of God, and in real devotion says, "Hitherto the Lord hath helped me. ...read more, Scripture: The extent of their victory. Samuel prayed unto the Lord. Nay; but a judge who built up a kingdom of righteousness, and preeminently a man who could pray. His nation was united and at peace. Fresh acts of piety and beneficence. I. Earnest written or spoken words for God. 1. Slowly the Allied forces were squeezing the Germans out of North Africa. It would be downright folly for him to fold his hands, to make no exertion, and only to call aloud for help. VI. Share: Our day may not be historic, but each day is holy and significant. Afterward, Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. If we must have tyrants let them be strong ones, for they are never so jealous or cruel as those little despots who are always afraid of rebellion. 2. We like labels. The Church is a long, long way from perfection, I know. And not infrequently a cold, inactive, good-for-nothing sympathy is all that is manifested toward the most deserving. But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! As in this occurrence the sacrifice was exalted, so also was the power of prayer acknowledged. This seems to be the ground of that conclusion; "By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me." It is Divine. Then, too, consider how the inscription on the stone set up by Samuel, lays a good foundation for hope and trust. 3. If Elijah must be fed in his hiding place, the ravens shall be employed rather than he suffer want. Nor does the most matured Christian possess the least spiritual energy but as he receives it from on high. Scripture: In those good old times the English artisan and the English yeoman were little better than serfs; and though the day of emancipation is bringing out a generation as demoralised (or so they say) as that which followed Moses out of Egypt, and is marked by excesses as wild as those which raged at Meribah and Massah and under the mount, still the day of emancipation has dawned, and my firm expectation is that the womb of the future is bearing within it a race of Israelites indeed, who will enter into the promised land. But when I come upon Ebenezer, I come upon a stone which says to me, "The mighty God, even Jehovah Himself, has been here. (1) We should record the timing or seasonableness of them. And all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. 4. A PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GRATITUDE IS DUE TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR MERCIES RECEIVED AND FOR DELIVERANCE FROM IMPENDING EVILS. And God never meant for YOU to lose either! So,what has God done for you up to this point in your life? Again, that spot would remind them of their sorrows. 1 Samuel 8:1-7. a. THE CHARACTER OF THE HELP WHICH GOD SUPPLIES. No. There are some people, as you know, or perhaps I ought to say that it is a peculiarity which characterises all people more or less, that they have a very keen sense of evils and disadvantages which belong to the present, and a very dull perception of the privileges secured and the progress which has been made. 1. The text implies that it is "help" that is promised, not the performance of the work for us, but assistance by which we shall be enabled to do our duty. A. There is a Divine Ruler who providentially governs and personally superintends the lives of individuals and the histories of nations. But this time they had victory. How conducive it may be to the glory of God. and with what calm, persistent, uncompromising steadiness we are inspired to advance, just living and working out the everlasting will of righteousness, and simply do that which is just and true and acceptable to God. 7 Then the men of () Kirjath Jearim came and took the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of () Abinadab on the hill, and () consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lord. Looking forward to the future, let us considered. How completely it has been adapted to our need and accomplished our deliverance. 1 Samuel 16:1-13 vs 7 "The Lord Looks at the Heart" [A number of months ago I read/heard something on this text but cannot remember who, what, or where; some of my ideas need to be attributed to this source.] After 20 years of misery, they faced the same battlefield and the same enemy. Come near to it and read what is written thereon, and you will find — not some inflated bombast extolling the valour of the Israelites, but — a very simple sentence, giving glory to Jehovah of Hosts. We have all faced trials and tribulations in our lifetime that have been extremely painful. 1. Twenty years before, Hophni and Phineas, the priests of the Lord, were slain upon that ground, and the ark of the Lord was taken, and the Philistines triumphed. These shall be the memorial we now set up. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on 1 Samuel 7. Then the text may be read a third way — looking forward. (3) Laying up these experiences add recording them, if not in a book yet in a faithful memory. a Moltke among generals? 2. The help of God is bestowed in connection with the use of the means appointed by God, and it is only in their employment that we can reasonably expect Divine aid. This was at a protracted period in the history of God's people, and up to that time there had nothing failed of all that the Lord had spoken. III. ...read more, Scripture: Subject: It is time that we see a real commitment to God, church and community. 5. The Philistines are totally subdued, and Israel recovers all its lost cities, 1 Samuel 7:13 , 1 Samuel 7:14 . (2) Because of their special relation to Him. This morning we are going to dive into the first seven verses of this chapter. "Hitherto," wrote Samuel, "the Lord hath helped us." (Psalm 116:12). There were sporadic times of Revival for them but they were continuously oppressed because This help is seasonable, it comes at the right time to a moment. 3. In 1 Samuel 8 we find an incident that forever changed Israel’s course – and it was a change for the worse. Samuel Judges Israel. You see, they came together to repent, to confess their sins, to put away their false gods, to cast Ashtaroth from their houses and from their hearts. At a deeply afflictive crisis in David's life, when our harps would have been unstrung and mute, the Psalmist swept his and pealed forth: "I will sing of mercy and judgment." Yes; the Philistines may not be driven out of the country; they may not be utterly annihilated; but their grip, which was at our throat for more than twenty years, has been shaken off. HOW IT HELPED THEM. CHAPTER 7. "We went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place" (Deuteronomy 8:2; Psalm 66:12; Psalm 77:10; Acts 26:22). It was there that they saw God's band and were led to say, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." (Psalm 115:1). What a mournful chapter in Israel's history is that which follows their defeat by the Philistines. If He intends having His people brought out of Babylon, He raiseth up Cyrus for that purpose. Loud songs of praise. 1 Samuel 7 – Samuel as Judge A. Samuel leads the nation in repentance. The expression of gratitude was public and monumental. 2. "What shall I render unto the Lord?" We see it now more clearly than we did before, and as we meditate upon it our hearts overflow with thankfulness. Large gifts of what he has given. Baptist, Part 4c of our Real People - Real problems series from 1 Samuel, Real People- Real problems The sight of this stone aroused their patriotism and religious fervour. God was their Helper. Now against such tendencies as these Ebenezer is a needed and useful protest. old times the traffic in human souls, which degrades man to the level of goods and chattels, was not only tolerated, but defended on Christian principles. A study of 1 Samuel (2) Saul made David captain over a thousand (18:13) hoping he would die in battle. O how useful would this he afterwards to the Christian. James 4:2-4 tells us to consider these trials pure joy because when we respond to trials by staying Labels help us make quick decisions about certain things, and that … We must fight because God fighteth for us. Let us inquire why the Lord helpeth His people. The actual bestowment of this help. - For the soul purpose of “scoffing This morning we are returning, once again, to the book called I Samuel. And the Lord loves to have His people remember these blessed places, (Genesis 31:13; and 35:1). 1 Samuel 7:1-4, I Sam 4 & 8 But are the Divine plans and arrangements to be precipitated and thrown into confusion just to meet human fretfulness and patience? LET ME CALL UPON YOU TO TESTIFY YOUR SENSE OF THE DIVINE MERCIES, BY AN INCREASING DEVOTEDNESS TO THE SERVICE OF YOUR GOD. The text records a fact: "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." The source of the Christian's help stamps its character. I Samuel 19:1-7. Browse Sermons on 1 Samuel 7. No! 1. ...read more, Scripture: Let devout faith set up a stone and write upon it Ebenezer. You must read first of all its central word, the word on which all the sense depends, where the fulness of it gathers. Sermon: Climbing To New Challenges - 1 Samuel 14. by Steve Andrews on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM . I. The tribes had assembled unarmed to worship. At a place called Ebenezer, Israel lost 34,000 men and their faith in God. We have noted from Chapters 2-6: Nevertheless, let Elijah remember that that glorious scene did take place on Carmel, the fire did come down from heaven, and the king of darkness did receive a staggering blow. God is attentive to "times end seasons;" and the Divine slowness has never been opposed to the Divine punctuality. Samuel erects a stone for a memorial, and calls it Eben-ezer, 1 Samuel 7:12. THE PRINCIPLES OF THE TEXT, AS THEY ENTER DEEPLY INTO RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. 2. It was like the flag which stirs the soldier's martial spirit. The year was 1943. Twenty years before on that field Israel was routed. 4. Turn with me to I Samuel 19. Denomination: 2. Imagine what it would be like if … 3 And when David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. (1) Sometimes the Lord helps His people, by working all for them, they themselves contributing nothing to their deliverance. Introduction: Israel ignored God for years, God raised up judges and priest to lead them. II. 4 Then David and the p… Sermon delivered at First Baptist Carrollton, Dr. Brent Taylor Pastor 03 12 2017 "I will remember thee," says David, "from the land of Jordan and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar." I. The word "hitherto" seems like a hand pointing in that direction. Hill— This place they chose, both because it was a strong place, where it would be the most safe; and an high place, and therefore visible at some distance, which was convenient for them, who were at that time to direct their prayers and faces towards the ark. IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF DIVINE HELP. II. Christian gratitude is devout. (1) To teach us the very truth concerning ourselves, and deliver us from a vain confidence in ourselves. In this chapter we have, I.The eclipsing of the glory of the ark, by its privacy in Kirjath-jearim for many years (v. 1, v. 2).II. Introduction. Christian gratitude is ever trustful. The setting up of memorial stones was one of the earliest methods adopted for the purpose of recording interesting and important events. Scripture: (2) We owe this to ourselves in point of interest. These all from natural side. "Then," says the Church, "was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with singing." 1 Samuel 7:1-17. Sermons by Topic View ... On one hand, topical and felt-needs preaching gives significant attention to application, but it fails to expound the text and provide the necessary biblical and theological grounding for the application. The only peril you have really to fear is the extinction of Samuel as a reigning influence; for then you will be on the same footing as the other nations of the earth, and the question will be: Can you send as many battalions as they can into the field? “Oh! Above all, let us seek to be ourselves the everlasting monuments of the Divine power and grace. Click here for more messages from the book of 1 Samuel. How helpful the record may be to ourselves in times of conflict and trial. In those good old times to which you are looking back there were not so many cases of drunkenness recorded; but neither were there so many people to get drunk nor so many newspapers to bring the sin to light. THIS STONE IS A MONUMENTAL MEMORIAL OF THE SECRET OF SUCCESS. Christians need assistance from a power superior to their own as certainly as did Israel at this crisis. III. This The stone also commemorated —. II. 1. 2. Thus in the case of Hezekiah, Isaiah said, "Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover." Nazarene. V. LET YOUR RECOLLECTION OF GOD'S PAST MERCIES INSPIRE YOU WITH THE FEELINGS OF FUTURE, UNRESERVED CONFIDENCE. - He ended up professing faith in Christ Hence arises the duty of cooperation with the help of the Almighty. (4) Because the Lord brings His people into straits for this very end, that He may have the glory of helping them; and that they may get the greater experience of His kindness. Some promises have their day of payment here, others after this life. He saw that the two were blended, and he would sing of both; but as "mercy" greatly predominated, he placed that first in his song. If a man once opulent should be ruined by misfortunes, persons who proudly recognised him when on the height of prosperity pass him by as if the man's calamities had so altered every feature of his countenance that they cannot recognise him. (2) To produce in us humility and submission, to excite us to fervent prayer, and to strengthen and perfect our faith. Neither the fact of our weakness nor the promise of Divine assistance has been revealed to lead to the exclusion of human exertion.  (view more) It was as one who called upon the Lord that he was distinguished. | … Expository Sermons. Strive to spread the truth of God; and labour to perpetuate the institutions and auxiliaries of the Christian Church. The last soldier on the field of Christian warfare; the last labourer in the vineyard of the Lord; the last pilgrim in the toilsome way to heaven, will need help from God as we do at this moment; and all shall have it. If we have done anything for Christ, bear witness that it has been all through the Lamb. ...read more, Scripture: Preach on topics including the birth and call of Samuel the prophet, the return of the ark of the covenant to Israel, Israel's demand for … And the hand of the Lord was with him." See the blessing of repentance and seek His presence in prayer. They have been heavily smitten; they are at least quiet. When Israel decided to turn back to God wholeheartedl, there was great spiritual revival in that country and God delivered them from their enemy. Passages in different locations are often interconnected in such a way that one avenue of thought springs from another. 1 Samuel 7:3-12, Due to the large amount of sermons and topics that appear on this site I feel it is necessary to post this disclaimer on all sermons posted. Let us now. Sermon Questions and Outlines Click on a date to read questions for reflection and application, or on the sermon title to view outline. Conclusion. (1) It implies an observing of the dispensations we meet with, for our help in the course of our life. 3. Listen to the audio. Two kinds of loneliness. Unrescued by Divine grace, he is utterly powerless. A rising was not at that time contemplated, though no doubt there was lurking in the hearts of the people a hope that they would somehow or other be delivered. We can't control what each day brings. Wrong thinking about who God is and Looking upward to heaven, let us reflect -. I have often stood with a feeling of almost reverence upon me, high up on some mountainside, looking at vast mysterious boulders, once deposited there by forces which it is hardly possible to conceive, but to the existence of which these mighty masses of rock are the indisputable testimony. Is it any wonder that God calls us to be patient with one another. 2. Sermon The End of the Beginning. - When 17 he attended a George Whitefield meeting By stimulating their activity. 3. What it is to keep up the memorial of the Lord's helping us. David: A Man After God’s Own Heart – Sermon #14 . 1 Samuel 7 Sermon study notes 1 Samuel 7 Sermon study notes. This expression, Ebenezer, must be uttered by us, as it was by Samuel and the Jews, with adoring wonder. Independent/Bible, A. III. Contributed by Manny Salva Cruz on Sep 11, 2016. based on 1 rating. They make life easier. of the Trees and Bramble (Judges 9: 1-14 and 7-15) Samuel Kisses Saul and Anoints Him King and the Holy Spirit Effects Gods Plan (1 Samuel 10) David Prays on the Mt. 2. 2 Samuel 7:1-29. Helplessness. (1) Twice, Saul tried to kill David by pinning him to the wall with a spear as David played music for Saul (1 Samuel 18:11). (Genesis 24:45.) And orbs into the perfect star we saw not when we moved therein. Divine help is certain. How we can best testify the gratitude of our hearts. Grateful acknowledgment of past favours. "That past which always wins a glory from its being far. If it says gluten-free, then it is safe for some people. (2) The effects of them on our spirits How we are affected with them when they come. Whenever they were defeated it was not the result of failure in the Source of their supplies, but of their own unfaithfulness and sins. (2) A discerning of the Lord's hand in the help we receive. "(5) Sometimes by contrary means, as our Lord cured the blind man by laying clay upon his eyes. 1 Samuel 7:2-13, Denomination: ...read more, Scripture: The text indicates that those who are Divinely assisted in their undertaking, will find in the end that their life of labour and of uprightness, as regards both character and conduct, has not been in vain. In perusing the history of the heathen world, we are particularly struck with the practice of perpetuating the memory of great events to future generations. But the causes which render human aid so uncertain cannot affect God. And see how the future which is briefly epitomised in the next verse confirms this "hitherto." If the thing itself be not observed, we cannot keep up the memorial of it. 1. THAT IT IS OUR ESPECIAL DUTY, UNDER THE APPREHENSION OF ANY IMPENDING CALAMITY, TO SEEK UNTO GOD FOR DELIVERANCE BY FERVENT BELIEVING PRAYER. Note that they did not stand still and refuse to use their weapons, but while God was thundering they were fighting, and while the lightnings were flashing in the iceman's eyes they were making them feel the potency of their steel. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Then the men of Kirjath Jearim came and took the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD. The Philistines were not routed except by prayer. Every event in the providence of God has a message of mercy in it to the good man. Had not their hearts been captured by sin, their land had never been captured by Philistia. Part 4c The Philistines, hearing of their gathering, suspected a revolt. IV. Our sermon ideas on 1 Samuel will help you preach a powerful message on the beginnings of earthly kingship. We have not always recognised the Source of our mercies, and therefore often omitted to be thankful; but who can fail to see these signal tokens of his power? THIS CONDUCT TO WHICH THIS HELP SHOULD LEAD ON OUR PART. Did God want them defeated the first time? "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." Others will gather around it, and ask the meaning of the "great stone which remaineth unto this day" (1 Samuel 6:18), and, on being told, will give glory to God. But why, it may be asked, should God have allowed us to arrive at such a point? The world is bad enough, God knows, but thank God it is not without its Ebenezers. ...read more, How we are to fully commit to God, Church and Community based on 1 Samuel 7, Title: Time to Commit to God The Christian too must take his place in the Church, as in a city, and although he knows that without God's help his watchfulness will be of no use, still he must not sleep at his post. Let us do something to add to these treasures, and further enrich the earth. Today we find ourselves in the time between the celebration of Christmas and the beginning of a New Year. (3) To afford occasion for a more impressive manifestation of his power and grace. There is a way of making the expression of our gratitude monumental and lasting by making it practical. Impossible! Of this we have a familiar illustration in the Israelites themselves. Christian/Church Of Christ. "Whatever millennium there may be is there in the "good old times." ", God's Past Mercies the Encouragement to Future Trust, The Place of Memorials in the Christian Life, God's past mercies the encouragement to future trust, The place of memorials in the Christian life. (Genesis 28:11-19.) 1. We have noted the story of prayerful Hannah who was blessed with a son she named Samuel. 3. We are not living under a reign of abstract law or inexorable fate; we are not moved round by a mechanism of wheels, revolving in predestined cycles, and grinding out an unalterable sequence of causes and effects. Whenever God's people look back upon the past they should renew their covenant with God. WHEN GOD SAYS “NO” Intro: This passage describes what were possibly the best days in the life of King David. (13-17) Commentary on 1 Samuel 7:1-4 (Read 1 Samuel 7:1-4) God will find a resting-place for his ark; if some thrust it from them, the hearts of others shall be inclined to receive it. Many times the Lord helps His people in such a manner that the experience of His goodness fills them with shame, looks their doubts and fears ova of countenance, proves their unbelief to be a false prophet, and makes them resolve never to distrust God again and fills them with thankfulness. The true Christian must always feel deeply humbled at the remembrance of his transgressions, but in the effort of a true repentance he is conscious of God's merciful aid and compassion. 1. By a sad perversity of human nature, there is a disposition to confer favours with a liberal hand on those who are already affluent, while the indigent are sometimes allowed to drag out a miserable existence and pine away in penury. The Ark of the Covenant was I. EBENEZER IS THE LANDMARK OF WORK ACCOMPLISHED. We are taught: 1. As often as we behold it we shall be stirred to fresh thanksgiving. 4. - Robert Robinson (1726-1791) in his early teens lived in London If a jar says poison, it can quickly save my life. Rediscover Christmas - 2020 Advent Series, Your favorite Scriptures and sermon ideas, 30 themed church media sets for church services. Although these psalms were not written with the intent that they be interconnected by us today, they collectively express a message relevant today. How doth the Lord help His people? Let us not make the mistake of missing God in our daily lives; He is always available! 2. "Not with thy sword, nor with thy bow" (Joshua 24:12). WE ARE TAUGHT BY THIS PORTION OF SACRED HISTORY, THAT GOD WILL HEAR THE RELIEVING PRAYERS OF HIS SERVANTS. (7-12) They are subdued, Samuel judges Israel. Perhaps your decorations are still up. Fetch up— That is, by the priests appointed to that work. II. 1 Samuel 7:1-13 Let us bear our witness that if aught of good has been accomplished it has been the result of prayer. 6. The best way to preach the Bible is to preach verse-by-verse through passages of Scripture. 2 The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time—twenty years in all.. Samuel Subdues the Philistines at Mizpah. Now it ought to be read looking backward. -. Turn from your evil ways, cry out to God for mercy and pray that He who summoned the enemy might also defeat them! The Bible states that the final world governing empire will be a federation of 10 European countries. A sense of unworthiness should make our gratitude the more intensely fervent. Here we are this day, after the trouble and conflict, ourselves monuments of his mercy! Say what you will, the Lord did thunder in the heavens with a great thunder, and the Philistines were discomfited by it, therefore set up a stone and call it Ebenezer. Chapter 7. 1. 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