1 Samuel Chapter 30 – My Study Notes

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I like how David Pink gives us another view of this chapter: 1. His citizenship: “And they found an Egyptian in the field” (v. 11). In Scripture Egypt is a symbol of the world: the moral world to which the unregenerate belong and in which they seek their satisfaction. As another has said, “It had its beginning in Cain’s day, when he ‘went out from the presence of the Lord,’ and he and his descendants builded cities, sought out witty inventions of brass and iron, manufactured musical instruments, and went in for a good time generally, in forgetfulness of God. And that continues to this day. The land of Egypt figures this. There Pharaoh, type of Satan, ruled and tyrannized.”

2. His woeful condition: “I fell sick” (v. 13). Such is the state of every descendant of fallen Adam. An awful disease is at work in the unregenerate: that disease is sin, and “sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). It is sin which has robbed the soul of its original beauty: darkening the understanding, corrupting the heart, perverting the will, and paralyzing all our faculties so far as their exercise Godward is concerned. But not only was this Egyptian desperately sick, he was starving: he had had nothing to eat or drink for three days. Well might he cry, “I perish with hunger” (Luke 15:17).

3. His sad plight: “my master left me, because three days ago I fell sick” (v; 13). He was a slave, and now that his master thought he would be of no further use to him, he heartlessly abandoned him and left him to perish. “And that is the way the devil treats his servants. he uses them as his tools as long as he can. Then, when he cannot use them any more, he leaves them to their folly. Thus he treated Judas, and hosts of others before and since” (C. Knapp).

4. His deliverance: “And brought him to David” (v. 11). No doubt he was too weak and ill to come of himself; and even had he the ability, he had never used it thus, for David was an utter stranger to him! Thus it is with the unregenerate sinner and that blessed One whom David foreshadowed. Therefore did Christ say, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” (John 6:44). Each of God’s elect is “brought” to Christ by the Holy Spirit.

5. His deliverer: No doubt this half-dead Egyptian presented a woe-begone spectacle, as he was led or carried into the presence of the man after God’s own heart. But his very ruin and wretchedness drew out the compassion of David toward him. Thus it is with the Saviour: no matter what ravages sin has wrought, nor how morally repulsive it has made its victim, Christ never refuses to receive and befriend one whom the Father draws to Him.

6. His entertainment: “And gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water. And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins” (vv. 11, 12). Precious line in our picture is this of the divine grace which is stored up in Christ. None brought to Him by the Spirit are ever sent empty away. How this reminds us of the royal welcome which the prodigal received and the rich fare that was set before him.

7. His confession: When David asked him to whom he belonged and whence he came, he gave an honest and straightforward reply: “He said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite” (v. 13). Strikingly did this adumbrate the fact that when an elect sinner has been brought to Christ, and been given the bread and water of life, he takes his proper place, and candidly acknowledges what he was and is by nature. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:9).

8. His obligation: “And David said, Canst thou bring me down to this company?” (v. 15). In this we may see how David pressed his claims upon the one whom he had befriended, though it is blessed to mark that it was more in the form of an appeal than a direct command. In like manner, the word to the believer is, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).

9. His desire for assurance: “And he said, Sware unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company” (v. 15). There could be no joy in the service of his new master until assured that he should not be returned unto the power of his old one. Blessed is it to know that Christ delivers His people not only from the wrath to come, but also from the dominion of sin.

10. His gratitude: “And when he had brought him down” (v. 16). He was now devoted to the interests of David, and did as he requested. So Christians are told, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). O for grace to serve Christ as ardently as we did sin and Satan in our unregenerate days. Found on biblebelievers site

Lord, Your blessings for me and your word have made such an impact on my life. I pray for the strength I need to stay focused on Jesus. I pray for those times when I backslide you will provide me with a way out and running right back into your arms. I need you and love you for all you have done for me and those saints who believe in you. Amen

1 Samuel 3 – My study notes

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3:10 And the Lord came, and stood , and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak, for thy servant heareth.

O: How many times do we ignore God’s calling? How many times are we a true and faithful servant? Many times I know I should not be talking about someone else at work and discussing their behavior. I know how bad gossip is but yet I get trapped in myself and do it anyway. Afterwards, I feel terrible and then ask myself why.

A: I want to be a shining light for those I encounter day in and day out. How can I be this when I am not 100% serving the Lord. My flesh is weak.

K: Father God, help clean my heart of those things I know the Holy Spirit is nudging me about. Help me to bite my lip when I know I should not be gossiping at work. I know my flesh is weak and all I need is your strength to keep me on track. Lord, I love you and all you have blessed me with. Please use me for your will. Amen

May you continue not to lean unto your own understanding but to search the word of the living God.

Rest Assured

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What do you do when adversary comes into your life?

Sunday was a day to think about my trials and tribulations in which I have experienced, since the first day I can remember as a child.

How do you react when life gets hard and confusing and just plain old bumpy ruts which seem to not have an end in sight?

Would I react as Job did when he was faced with his trials? Job lost all he had including his ten children. We read in Job 1:20-22

Job 1:20

“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,”

Job 1:21

“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Job 1:22

“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

King James Version (KJV)

I listen intently to the sermon and heard how Job loses his own health and was faced with adversity. Job worshiped God, Job blessed God and Job sinned not.

Could I or would I have done this if I was faced with Job’s adversities.?  Have I done this when faced with my own trials and tribulations?  Have I remained faithful?

I was 19 when I married my husband.  I was told I might not be able to have children due to female problems. So, we decided to try and after thinking it was not going to happen, I got a knock on the door.

I was up all night worried and frightened as my husband had not come home.  I tried his friends, his parents, places he might have stopped.  One hour, two hours, four hours and daylight was breaking, where could he be and why hadn’t he called me.

The knock was a police officer and my husband’s best friend. I was told in what seemed like slow motion, “you’re husband got in an accident and is dead”.  The next hours, day and minutes just didn’t add up in my mind; and the day went by with funeral details and expenses and family holding me and crying and sobbing and pain, so much emotional pain. My head hurt, my eyes felt swollen from the tears and I felt so nauseated I could barely breathe.  My body was in so much pain it was numb. I couldn’t think about anything but everything.  The thoughts and questions were so many and so many were unanswered.

A week past and I still felt so drained, so emotional and so out of control I ended up at the doctors to be told, “you are pregnant”. I sobbed so hard I am sure the entire office heard and felt my a sense of an unknown. I cried tears of sadness and tears of joy. I knew at that moment it was the child  we both wanted so very desperately; and had thought it was not going to happen as it had been a year long of trying and waiting and disappointment results each month.  My husband longed for his own child.  He already had a nephew and loved him like his very own. I knew he was going to make a marvelous father.

The morning sickness was excruciating and I found if I could just vomit, I was able to make it to work and get my mind off death and morning sickness. Though I was still mourning over the loss of my husband, I had some hope with the child inside of me.  We had already talked about a boy being named Dustin Scott and a girl was to be named Darcy Lee.  Perhaps, I could find happiness in spite of all the sadness.  I continued through the motions of life and then a severe pain hit me with cramping and sick to my stomach.  I made it to the bathroom to see blood.  My heart started racing and I thought please Lord please don’t take my child too.  I carried my small wonder of life for 2 and 1/2 months and then the Lord wanted this child home with him.  My heart sunk deeper and my energy felt depleted. I felt so very helpless and so very alone.

I was a saved child of God but I only had a small amount of milk from the Lord due to my own lack of understanding. I prayed and tried to find comfort but just didn’t know how to go about it. I didn’t have anyone as a role model or didn’t understand how I could help myself at the time. I just continued to go through the motions of life.

Looking back at this chapter in my life, I have a lot of I wish and I would have but it wasn’t and didn’t.  I do know if I hadn’t gone through this and so much more trials and tribulations I would not be where I am at – reading the Word and being feed meat everyday.

As a Christian, milk can only allow you to grow so far.  It’s the meat that allows you to blossom and find God’s love, grace, mercy and strength to endure all of lives trials and tribulations.

I want for others to know without God and his word for us I could have never endured the trials and tribulations that have come into my life and I pray I will be able to let others know I have kept the faith.  As read in:

2 Timothy 4:7

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

Written in memory of: James Scott Coates

Daily Prompt: Moon

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Genesis 1:16

“And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

King James Version (KJV)

Praise God for making the moon for the night.

Tuesday’s Needle in the Haystack

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Mark 1:3

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

What a blessing to know- Jesus died on the cross for that one voice.  

May you continue to search the word of the living God and not lean unto your own understanding. How can anyone truly comprehend the love our Father has for all of his children. Are you in the wilderness searching for his help?  Don’t wait until it’s too late to be found. 

Our homes are under attack!

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1 Peter 4:16-18

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Today’s preaching was on: Our homes are under attack“.

Here are the highlights and blessings, I received from the Holy Spirit of our living God.

  • There was a time 40 or 50 years ago, people couldn’t wait to go to church.  Young families would get their children ready to go to church and to receive a blessing.
  • Today young families are at the ball field, at the amusement parks or watching TV on Sunday’s and forgetting all about church.

We read clearly in Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

  • It’s time to wake up and know Satan is destroying our homes.  If he can just break up one more married family, lead one more to heroin, lead one more to alcohol, and lead one more to porn then he has won.
  • However, we can beat Satan by picking up the bible and attacking him with the living word of God.
  • God will direct you on the path he wants you to take.
  • It’s time we let God take over our homes and lives again.
  • It’s time we change our attitudes back to  ” I can’t wait to go to church again“.
  • It’s time to fight back Satan and the ways of the world.
  • If we the SAVED don’t do this, then what do you think the world will do.
    • I don’t know about you but I am seeing more and more of the world and the world’s way and less and less about the only way:  God our Father and him being the only Almighty.
  • Does God live in you?  Do you know this with all your heart and soul?

1 John 4:12

“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

  • Are you a new creature in Jesus Christ?

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Have you asked God to take over, to lead you and to trust him 100% to show you the way?

It’s time to stop being under attack?  It’s time to fight back!

If you can’t answer this questions or have any doubt, it’s time to reach out and put God back into your house and open your heart to let God show you the way.

May you lean not to your own understanding and search the living word of God for truth and guidance.

John 3:16

 Proverbs 3:5

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Psalm for Sunday followers

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Psalm 139: 23  and 24

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

James – IN or OUT???

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If you don’t understand how to live a true Christian life then it’s time to read the epistle of James.

Upon reading the epistle of James, we know God gives liberally, keeps his promises, has much wisdom and can’t be tempted with evil.  We also realize Jesus Christ is coming soon.

James tells us to:

  • ask God for wisdom
  • don’t waver in your faith or you will be like the waves of the sea being tossed back and forth – in the word of flesh and in the word of God.
  • a double minded man is unstable
  • the rich of the world, those who live in the flesh and aren’t following God will fade away with nothing

If you are a child of God, you are either 100% with God or 100% not with God. You can’t sit on the fence and expect blessings from God.

James tells us in: James 1:12

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

James reminds us in 1:19

  • be swift to hear
  • slow to speak
  • slow to wrath (Violent anger; vehement exasperation; indignation – 1828 Webster Dictionary)

We are told to be doers of the word and not sit back and do nothing.

I am sad too see so many Christians sitting on the fence and not speaking up bold, not being doers of the word. Our world is in deep trouble, t0o many have turned away from the only one true God. Too many are fighting the wrong fight. It’s a world of “all about me” and not what God commends of all of us.

James reminds Christian’s to do work in the name of our Lord.

James 1:25

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

God has promised the poor of this world who are rich in faith the Kingdom.

James 2:5

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

We are reminded how Abraham had faith and works by offering his son, Isaac, on the alter. God saw Abraham’s heart and knew he had more than just faith. God knew he was not just sitting on the fence. Abraham was a doer with faith.

James 2:10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Where do you stand in your Christian life? Are you in or are you out? Are you sitting on the fence?  Are you a doer of work and faith?

The five chapters of James are full of blessings for a Christian to read.

May you lean not unto your own understanding and search the living word of God.