Category Archives: 1Samuel

On Me Alone

They are the words of Christ, spoken 1,000 years before Christ. The cry of the Son of Man expressed by a woman of God. They’ve popped from the page before. They do so again this morning. “On me alone, my … Continue reading

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Keep Me from Foolishness

It was the pragmatic thing to do. Given the situation, it was the best way forward. There was an enemy army at hand. There was a battle to be fought. And his army was becoming increasingly agitated by waiting to … Continue reading

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God Knows

There’s a lot of stuff going on in the first couple of chapters of 1 Samuel. And it’s all happening at Shiloh, the “place of rest.” Only, there’s not a lot of rest going on. There, though a family comes … Continue reading

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Give Me A Man

If David is a type, or foreshadow of Jesus, then is Goliath a type of Satan? Goliath of Gath — literally, “the splendor” of “the winepress” — was an imposing figure. He stood over 9 feet tall and was massive … Continue reading

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Old and Heavy

It’s probably not fair to compare Eli with Paul. But that’s what I did as I read this morning in 1Samuel. During our Sunday morning preaching series we’re working our way through 2Timothy. Running, as it were, with Paul on … Continue reading

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Distressed, In Debt, Discontent, Oh My!

He was the man who would be king but, for now, was a fugitive. The man who had been promised the throne, but who now set up court in a cave. And from there he would build his army. We … Continue reading

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Where Else Could I Go?

Devo’ing in a different time zone this morning. Chewing on the word on the shores of Maui. Will be, Lord willing, for the next few weeks. May has always been Sue’s month — her birthday today, Mother’s Day, and then our … Continue reading

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Abigail

Did I just see Jesus? Was He foreshadowed in a no-name, non-descript woman whose name pointed to her father’s joy? A lady who rises up seemingly out of nowhere to redeem an entire household? A gal identified with a worthless … Continue reading

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Reject the Spirit of Saul

His daughter loved the guy (1Sam. 18:20). His son’s soul was so knit to him that he was ready to hand over his inheritance to him (1Sam 18:1-4). But their father, King Saul, well, he determined to be David’s enemy … Continue reading

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Direct Your Heart

The crazy cycle of the judges continues in 1Samuel. Israel had again hit rock bottom. Having been handily defeated by the Philistines in a war undertaken in their own strength, the people of God saw the ark lost and the … Continue reading

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