Back in 15:23, as Samuel was rebuking Saul for his disobedience to God’s command, he said to Saul “Rebellion is as the sin of divination.” Divination is exactly what Saul resorts to at the end of his life. With the threat of the Philistines bearing down upon him and God not answering his pleas, he makes the sinful decision to visit a medium to call up Samuel from the grave. In this exchange, we see the peril of faithless religion, God’s sovereign hand in desperation, and the dangers of the occult.
In 1 Samuel 25, we are introduced to Nabal, the “fool” who was so selfish and self-centered that he would not return the favor of protection and good-will given to him by David and his men. Unfortunately, we also see that David himself acts like a fool as he forsakes the trait of mercy and gives himself over to a spirit vengeance. From their examples, as well as the example of the faithful servant, we learn how important it is to act in righteousness and wisdom rather than in the flesh.
For the first time in Saul’s chase of young David, God brings Saul into the very cave at Engedi where David and his men are hiding. David’s men believe God has delivered Saul into their hands so that David can bring an end to his reign of terror, but David has such trust in God, that he only cuts away a small piece of Saul’s robe. What follows is a testimony to the power of God as David’s mercy and righteousness elicits from Saul himself an affirmation that David will indeed be king of Israel.
At this point in First Samuel, David has reached a point of deep desperation. In the eyes of his own king, he is a threat to be hunted down and killed. So in this text, David takes the daring step of attempting to hide in the hometown of Goliath — the city of Gath. As David is quickly discovered, he must work through overwhelming fear to trust in the Lord and walk the path of deliverance out of a very deadly situation, the perspective of which he recounts in Psalms 56 and 34.
In Peter’s final words to the churches, we find him once again stressing the importance role of Scripture in the believer’s life. In the Bible, we have the wisdom of God. Though false teachers seek to twist and distort God’s Word, we are to remain steadfast in the truth, guarding ourselves from error and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s Word is Truth. It is sufficient, trustworthy, and seen most clearly in the incarnate word and His ministry.
“How can I know God’s will for my life?” Persons who ask this question usually think of God’s will in terms of a career, a mate, a school choice, a job choice, or a big financial decision. To rightly discern His will, we must go to Scripture to see how God reveals it to us. There we see two aspects of God’s will — His revealed moral will and His secret will of decree. Both of these aspects are a comfort to believers, and they guard us from thinking that we need a new revelation from God every time we face a big decision. As we ground ourselves in his Word and apply it to our lives, we will ultimately prove His will.
As we near the end of Romans 11, we see that Israel’s rejection of the gospel was ordained by God so that the gospel would go forth in power among the Gentiles. Thus, in terms of the gospel, they are God’s enemies for our sake. Yet they are also beloved from the standpoint of God’s election. Though Israel has been unfaithful, because of God’s promise to their fathers, His love for them will ultimately be demonstrated and vindicated in their final restoration. This will all take place according to God’s sovereign plan to exalt His mercy in redemption.
This is a war between the false gods of Babylon and one true God. What happens to people when their gods are silent and powerless? What happens to people, when their God speaks and acts with power? Listen to find out.
What does it mean to be wise? What are the qualities of a wise person? In these last verses of the book of Ecclesiastes, we learn that wise people find the right words, follow the one Shepherd, and fear God and keep the commandments.