Q: What does the additional sign of the removal of Dagon’s head and hands on the second day represent? Q: How do we know that the Philistines did not learn the greater spiritual lesson being taught here? It was his father, Jessie the Bethlehemite, that was named by God as the person that Samuel should see to find the new King of Israel that … 10. The Philistines witnessed miraculous signs and wonders, but because they rejected their greater meaning, they were not transformed by them but suffered judgment because of them. As Samuel looked at Jesse’s oldest son, Eliab, Samuel was impressed with what he saw. He was promised to God by his mother prior to birth, and this promise constituted the Nazirite vow (see Num. Saul becomes king, battles Israel's enemies, God rejects Saul (1 Samuel 9:1-15:35.) A: They added the ark to the other religious relics in their temple, attempting to subordinate the God of Israel to their fish-god Dagon, believing that it was Dagon who gave them victory over Yahweh. 11They put the ark of the Lord on the cart, and the box with the golden mice and the likenesses of their tumors. And they said, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be brought around to Gath.” And they brought the ark of the God of Israel around. This was God’s most severe judgment, and it stopped the spread of pagan practices among God’s chosen people (e.g., Deut. 3. Therefore getting to know God is more difficult than getting to know a fellow human being. 6Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the … “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. INTRODUCTION: Today we are starting a new series. It was therefore common to bring in the idols of the gods of defeated nations and place them in subordination to the god whom they believed gave them victory. (1-2) Bringing the ark of God to Jerusalem. It should have been obvious that God was in control of the tumors and death due to Dagon laying prostrate before the ark with his extremities broken off to show how powerless he is before God, but the Philistines wanted more confirmation and God directed the cows that naturally would not walk toward Israel like they did without divine help. God is truth, He will remain incorruptible and cannot lie (Psalm 117:2; 1 Samuel 15:29). A: First, according to the Law, only certain Levites were allowed to handle the ark. When God chose Israel’s people to be his special people, he made serious promises to them. Q: How is this a representation of Christ and the New Testament Gospel? . God realised that, and had a radical solution: He became man! Elkanah “God created” Father of Samuel, husband of Hannah and Peninnah ; 1:1 . (Num. 1. The large stone on which they set the ark of the Lord is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite. A: By their treatment of the places on which their idol fell as being so sacred that they would not “tread on the threshold”. CHAPTER 6. (1-2) Bringing the ark of God to Jerusalem. Application: The repeated and continual rejection of God’s signs and message inevitably leads to the wrath of God’s judgment. Samuel is recognized as the last judge of Israel, prior to the establishment of kings. Character . Just because these facets of God’s character are not pleasing to postmodern westerners does not make them any less true. A: They originally tried to subordinate the God of Israel to Dagon, but found everything reversed. The Philistines had more than enough of their trophy, the captured ark of the God of Israel. In 2 Samuel 6:6-7, Uzzah touched the ark to keep it from falling off a cart, but he did not touch it at the poles, and God struck him dead. We have no promise that we shall have safety save in the paths of right — nay, not even of bodily safety there. Samuel “God is exalted” Last judge of Israel. As he grew older (3:19-21) it was clear to everyone that Samuel was a prophet, probably because Samuel acted as a messenger of the Lord and because of his upright character and God’s divine blessing on him. They offered the cows as sacrifice in celebration of its return. 4:19-22) The physical mirrored the spiritual. This was a spectacle. A: God’s people were in a state of sin and in no spiritual condition to warrant God revealing His power on their behalf. But God has the unique ability to see inside a person. tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place. 1. 16When the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned to Ekron that day. Tall and handsome. 1 Samuel 1-3 • How God Deals with Bad Leaders “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you (emphasis mine)” (1 Samuel 12: 23). 4 per page [ pdf ]. God is referred to as a consuming fire (Isaiah 6:3; Habakkuk 1:13; Exodus 3:2, 4-5; Hebrews 12:29). Tell us how we should send it back to its place." It describes how Samuel's mother Hannah requests a son from Yahweh , and dedicates the child to God at the shrine of Shiloh. (v.7) In fact, they even go so far as to now admit God’s superiority over Dagon by confessing, “and on Dagon our god”. 6:1-8). Of course, that did not mean that everyone in Israel had a right relationship with God. But their attempts (golden tumors and sacrificed cows) did not truly appease God. 9:27, 11:5) whose faithfulness—by the grace of God—leads to the reconciliation of the world. “All Scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable” (2 Tim. Q: All of the conditions set by the Philistine priests and diviners to prove God was behind these things were all proven true. Q: What is different about who is approached for advice on how to solve the problem now from who was consulted previously in chapter 5? Eli was, according to the Books of Samuel, a High Priest of Shiloh.When Hannah came to Shiloh to pray for a son, Eli initially accused her of drunkenness, but when she protested her innocence, Eli wished her well. 15The Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the box that was with it, in which were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone; and the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices that day to the Lord. Whether a boy of twelve or a man on a thrown, he is always humble, talented, and strong in his faith to God. At the heart of God’s character is His desire to be a Father to all who draw near to Him (Psalm 68:5; 103:13; Isaiah 63:16; 64:8; Ephesians 4:6; 1 John 3:1). For David, God is the ultimate reality. Saul had chased David and made his life miserable. GOING AFTER GOD. 1 Samuel 6:6 New International Version (NIV). 1Now the ark of the Lord had been in the country of the Philistines seven months. 1 Samuel … The name of the independent, self-complete being—“I AM WHO I AM”—only belongs to Jehovah God. 1:20 : Saul “asked for” First king of Israel. Tell us how we shall send it to its place.”, 3They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but you shall surely return to Him a guilt offering. Meeting Address (for August): 905 N Edgelawn Dr Aurora, IL 60506 Mailing Address: P.O. Samuel was from the tribe of Levi – 1 Ch 6:33–38, 1 Sa 1:1. A: Rather than using these things for themselves, they became an offering because they had been exclusively devoted to the service of God. This shows they think the ark is nothing more than another idol. He is ultimately “correct” in every situation. 14The cart came into the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite and stood there where there was a large stone; and they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord. . They also have heard of God’s great power as shown in the Exodus from Egypt (verse 6) and do not want to repeat that mistake. 1.) Whenever God’s love is reflected through a believer’s life and words, unbelievers will … Click here for more messages from the book of 1 Samuel. Christ was calling himself the beginning … He offered sacrifices. Q: Why would it be “normal” for the Philistines to place the ark in the temple of their god? We cannot dismiss the holiness, justice, and wrath of God like our culture does. 3:16)! The failed first attempt. They still did not realize that it was not Dagon who gave them the victory, but that it actually came about by Yahweh. "Where David had appointed to meet him at that time, and strengthened his hand in God”: He comforted and supported him against all his fears, by minding him of God’s infallible promises made to him, and his singular providence which hitherto had and still would be with him. Peninnah “coral” or “pearl” or “woman with rich hair” Other wife of Elkanah ; 1… 1 per page [ pdf ] This portion of the narrative often describes individuals by their nationalities: e.g. But because they did not learn that lesson, the signs that come next are directed against them personally because they have escalated to being God’s judgment. God ’s unique self-sacrificial love (agape in the original Greek) is unlike any love we experience in normal life. Day 1. After Moses and Joshua died, the people of Israel were governed by a series of judges and priests. 1. Application: Signs always have a dual working for believers and non-believers alike. The reference to the kings of Judah in 1 Samuel 27:6 could possibly indicate the latter date. A: The idolatry and false religions of the world fall before the preaching of Christ and His gospel in it and cannot stand against the wisdom and righteousness of Christ. Q: How might this be characterized differently from what the Philistines did? Q: What did the Philistines attempt to do? Point: There are those who believed because they were born into Israel they were automatically protected and warranted special treatment without embracing the additional requirement of personal faithfulness to His Word and ways. [Note: Youngblood, p868.] Q: What is ironic about what the Ashdodites had to do after the first day? Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, thought they could overcome their personal wickedness and achieve a victory by trusting in the ark. 1-samuel 6:1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. God is Loving. 1. Q: What might be the greater spiritual meaning of the ark being passed from Ashdod to Gath to Ekron? [Note: Payne, p37.] 12:6, NIV) A call from God. This Sunday we will be continuing our sermon series in the book of 1 Samuel, looking at chapter 7. The things of God were treated as belonging to God. 5Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. It was done in broad daylight! 9:6–13). Since we will not be preaching sermons on chapters 4-6, this week, we’ve asked a few church members to post some brief studies on these chapters for your benefit. Like Samson, whom we looked at in Lesson 12, Samuel was a Nazirite. (1-6) The priests of the Philistines suggest a way to relieve themselves of the burden of the ark. This is a continuation of what began in chapter 4 with Eli and his sons Hophni and Phinehas. Psalm 132 is commonly associated with the events of this chapter. The Study Bookmark for 1 Samuel: [ view sample ] 1 per page [ pdf ] 4 per page [ pdf ] Introduction. Be very attentive to those in your congregation who have lost a child, are unable to have children or have more children - this may really going to hit them hard. was in the country of the Philistines seven months--Notwithstanding the calamities which its presence had brought on the country and the people, the Philistine lords were unwilling to relinquish such a prize, and tried every means to retain it with peace and safety, but in vain. 3:16)! Click here to return to the Sermons page.. 1 Samuel 1:1-20 (Samuel’s birth). The most famous temples dedicated to Dagon were located in Gaza (Jg. For the next twelve weeks, we will be looking at the Life of Samuel together from the book of 1 Samuel. God has preserved a “remnant” of his people (Rom. Hannah is the … Q: What is significantly different about God’s supernatural working here from the signs He performed previously in Dagon’s temple? He was promised to God by his mother prior to birth, and this promise constituted the Nazirite vow (see Num. (v.3) Biblically, nothing can be accomplished without the first step of repentance of sin. Our God … Failed View (4:1-4) Chapter 4 opens with Israel preparing for battle against the Philistines. 4But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. Throughout these chapters we are presented with a variety of different individuals and groups who are characterized by their treatment, first of all, of the things of God, and therefore of God Himself. (6:2) The politicians when first consulted sought to solve the problem by moving it from one political domain to another; the spiritual leaders now being consulted want to move the problem to another spiritual domain. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children … God is spirit. 13Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley, and they raised their eyes and saw the ark and were glad to see it. 12:6, NIV) A call from God. Peninnah “coral” or “pearl” or “woman with rich hair” Other wife of Elkanah ; 1… In these chapters we have both people who are outright non-believers and those who are supposed to be His people. 2 Samuel 6:1-19. For Jews and Gentiles alike, then, salvation is an act of God’s mercy, not a reward for human obedience (Rom. 7When the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is severe on us and on Dagon our god.”, 8So they sent and gathered all the lords of the Philistines to them and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?”. The Global Message of 1 Samuel First Samuel in Redemptive History. As we stand on this side of the cross in human history, we know that only the death of Jesus could satisfy the holy wrath of God. And the ark of God was in the country of the Philistines. Then send it away that it may go. In 1 Samuel 12:19, the people asked Samuel to pray that they would not die for their sin of rejecting God and asking for a king. This truth is going to be exemplified beautifully in chapters 4-6 of 1 Samuel. Q: What might be important about how they used the cart and cows which returned the ark? Samuel replied that … Deadly plague had fallen upon them everywhere the ark was placed; and, in desperation, the five … The general theme of this section is the authority and power of the holy God of Israel. 5So you shall make likenesses of your tumors and likenesses of your mice that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will ease His hand from you, your gods, and your land. A: They had to put Dagon back on his feet because even though worshiped as god, he was powerless to help himself. Samuel was a priest. A: Not to “harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts”. For Saul, God does not appear to be a major concern, perhaps not a reality at all. The way we see this purpose move forward in 1 Samuel is through the beginning of the kingship in Israel. Q: Why is it not surprising that it was not just Jews, but specifically “Levites” who took possession of the ark? God knows our true character because he “looks at the heart.” In 1 Samuel 16, the time had come for Samuel to go to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint Israel’s next king. The passage makes extensive play with the root-elements of Saul's name, and ends with the phrase hu sa'ul le-Yahweh , "he is dedicated to Yahweh." “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1. Application: God will not reveal His power on behalf of His sinning people, but neither will an enemy be allowed to mock His glory or defile His name. In chapter 5, we saw God humiliate the idol Dagon and the Philistines get struck with disease and death to show how much more powerful our God is than their false god. Replied that … that is acknowledged if the leaders ( e.g., the captured ark of ’. Alpha and Omega are the three judgments of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod no promise we... Mice and the lords of the ark of the Lord had been the! 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