1 Samuel Chapter 28 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method  Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer.

S: 15: And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? and 19: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me:

O: This gives me goosebumps to know Samuel had died and was in a place of comfort and didn’t want to be disturbed. Then Samuel states Saul and his sons would also be in this place. You need to dig deeper on this passage and remember that in Luke, Jesus states the dead are in the same general area – the believing in Abraham’s bosom and the unbelieving in torment. It’s not until Christ dies on the cross that all the believing dead were taken to heaven with Christ.

As read in Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

A: The living word of God has so much to teach us. His word is a love letter to us. His love letter teaches us how we are to live up to his standards. How will we ever understand if we are not in his word every day reading his love to us on how to live in a world full of wickedness and sin. His word is our shield of hope, strength, love and guidance.

K: Lord, I pray I continue to stay in your word every day. At times, life gets busy and I have excuses. Help me to remember to read your love letter to me each and every day.

1 Samuel Chapter 25 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K Method – Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer

• God’s work did not die when Samuel dies. He does not depend on just one person to do his will.
• Samuel’s heritage lived on as we read in:

1 Chronicles 9:22 – All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office.

 

2 Chronicles 35:18 – And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

 

Psalm 99:6 – Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

 

Jeremiah 15:1 – Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.

and

Hebrews 11:33 – Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

• Nabal riches – reminds us material riches make walking in the Lord harder
• Shearing sheep in Carmel: this was harvest time for sheep ranchers which was a time of celebration by feasting and sharing the lavishness with others
• Nabal means fool. It is not known if the name was given or earned
• Abigail – a woman of good understanding and beautiful. There are only two other women who are given this much praise in the bible:

***Rachel (Genesis 29:7) And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.

and

***Esther (Esther 2:7) And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

 
• David protected Nabal’s flock for a long time
• David did right by politely reminding Nabal of the traditions surrounding harvest time
• Nabal provoked David by making it seem as if he didn’t know who he was
• David was ready to fight but is not responding to the way God would have wanted
-When we are insulted we are reminded the Lord wants us to bear it with love and kindness and not return with evil or revenge
• If your recall, David responds to Saul with kindness and which is pleasing to God
And lastly: We would need to seek forgiveness of our sins less often if we would seek the LORD more diligently to be kept from sin to begin with.

“There is no way of keeping out the fire of sin except by having the fire of grace blazing within the spirit. We must fight fire with fire.” (Spurgeon)

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

 

1 Samuel 21 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method – Scripture which speaks to my  heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer.

 

S:2 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

O: Here we see David is afraid. Not only is David afraid for his life but he is afraid the truth will end up getting him killed thus he lies. Instead of going into the tabernacle and telling the truth he lies.

A: I can recall several times out of fear I have lied. David forgot so very quickly he had just trusted in the Lord fully in defeating Goliath. Now he is afraid and lies and this will create problems as we will read soon in another chapter. Fear can be crippling and lead us to forget the many times God has been right by our side the entire step or process.

K: Father help me to remember all the times you have been with me and held me and gave me the strength when I thought I was alone. Remind me to not let fear guide me in the wrong direction. Continue to protect my words so they are pleasing to you and are words not of fear but of truth.

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

1 Samuel 9 – My study notes

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SOAK – Scripture, Observe, Application and Kneel

I was digging into this deeper and found this interesting take on chapter 9 from the study guide KJV Blue Letter Bible resource. Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost: Look at how God opens one of the most important chapters of Israel’s history! A king will be led to the throne by three lost donkeys! We have no idea how God will use the seemingly normal – and annoying – circumstances of life.

i. There are two mistakes people make regarding God’s guidance through circumstances. One mistake is to think every event of our lives is heavy with meaning from God. This is wrong, because though nothing happens by accident, not everything happens for a great purpose. The second mistake is to ignore the moving of God in our lives through circumstances. God wanted to use this situation to guide Saul, and God will often use circumstances in our lives the same way. We need to trust in God’s goodness and in His ability to make all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).

S: 3 And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. 12: And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:

O: God used the donkeys to bring Saul to the right place at the right time with Samuel. Three separate circumstances were used to draw the will of God to be done.

A: Many times I don’t understand why something happened to me or why I wasn’t answered the way I wanted to be but yet here we see clearly God’s will is what controls our situations as long as we wait, watch and listen. There could have been so many what if’s — the donkeys went to another place, Saul didn’t go after the donkeys or Samuel wasn’t even going to be there at the same time as Saul.

K: Thank you for the what ifs in my life, as I know I have been on many paths leading to where I am finally finding you in my heart, in my ways and in my thoughts. Finally finding the church which has allowed me to grow spiritually and as a Christian. You have blessed me more than I could have ever deserved and for this I am thankful.

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

1 Samuel Chapter 7 – My study notes

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I am using the SOAK method for studying the book of 1 Samuel.  S: scripture O: observation A: application and K: kneel in prayer

S: 2 And when it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that this time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD. 16: And he went from year to year in the circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places. O: The ark was with them for along time however, they still did not feel any closer to the Lord. Things still were not right and they couldn’t really understand why. They thought

O: The ark was with them for a long time however, they still did not feel any closer to the Lord. Things still were not right and they couldn’t really understand why. They thought having the ark back was going to make everything alright but this was not the case. The hearts of Israel was not where it needed to be. They had more faith in the ark then they did by humbling and repenting to the Lord. I notice Samuel’s faith in prayer and for the people to turn back to God and repent of their sins. Samuel did this from year to year since he knew man will always sin and will always need to remember to turn back to God.

A: As a Christian, I was saved and born again in the late 70’s. As the years went by, I slide back away from God and then tragedy happened. I lost my husband and unborn child in my early 20’s. I went back to the Lord again but it was only for a short period of time. I faltered many times but never lost my faith I just found myself still lost. I went to several churches and just couldn’t find the piece I was missing in my life. Then in 2011, I had a surgery which went bad and at one point, I told my mother, I saw heaven. I don’t remember it and so wish I did but knew God had plans for me and I needed to find out how to get closer to him. This is when I started to read the bible more. At first, it was just by subject areas and then I met my future husband (to be) of today and he took me to his church. A bible believing teaching church and I felt at home. I felt I had found what I had been missing. I decided to read the entire bible that year. I am now on my third time of reading it from start to finish. It is now that I am seeing the rewards. It is now that I am understanding God’s blessings and it is now that I want to encourage others to have and find what I was seeking. Like those of Isreal, my heart was not where it needed to be I needed to humble myself and allow God to take control without looking back or second guessing.

K: Father God, you know my heart and you know I want to be like Samuel faithful in my walk and faithful in sharing your love for not only me but for everyone. I want to be able to go from year to year being your servant and doing your will. I want to be a shining light for others who maybe in darkness. Thank you for allowing me to finish my work here on earth. I look forward to serving you for as long as you want me here. Amen

1 Samuel 6 -My study notes

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S: 6:6 – Wherefore, then do ye harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed.

 

 

Word definition- wrought: performed or guided and harden: made unfeeling or conform in wickedness.

O: Why do we see others or ourselves harden our hearts? The Philistines saw the results of God and how he dealt with those who did not believe he was the only true God.( I dug into Proverbs 18:5 and read: It is not accept the person of wicked to overthrow the righteous in judgement.) But how many times do we watch and participate in what we know is not pleasing to God?

A: I need to know the difference of what is pleasing to God and what man wants pleasing to him. By studying the word of God, I have a set of standards to live by; and know are pleasing to him. By being in God’s word everyday, I can keep myself away from temptation and keep my focus on him.

K: Father God, I come before you today to help me keep in your word everyday. I know I am busy and feel pulled in many directions but allow the Holy Spirit to nudge me to make time to be in your word everyday. I know by doing this I will be kept from temptation and keep my focus on you and what is pleasing in your sight. Thank you Lord, for giving us your word to have a set of standards which we can use and live by. Amen

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

1 Samuel 2 – My study notes

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1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

 

Using the SOAK method to study the book of 1 Samuel. S – scripture, O – observance, A – application to my life today and K – Kneel before the Lord.

 

S: 2 There is none holy as the Lord; for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our god. (Verse mapping – Rock: Psalm 18 1:2 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my tower.

O: When the Lord is our life, our Rock and our salvation we will not go wrong. It’s when we don’t have God in our life or take our eyes off him, we stray and will do what we want and the world wants instead of his perfect way for us.

A: God warns us many times and shows us the commandments to live by and follow. We are to walk with him and keep our eyes focused on him.

K: Father God, Thank you for being my Rock and holding me up when I am weak. Thank you for your word in order for me to have a set of standards to obey and to follow. Please help me stayed focused on Jesus. Thank you for my blessings. Amen.

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

Tuesday’s Needle in a Haystack

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James 1:2-3

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Who wins when you are tempted?

Websters Dictionary 1828

TEMPTA’TION, noun The act of tempting; enticement to evil by arguments, by flattery, or by the offer of some real or apparent good.

When the devil had ended all the temptation he departed from him for a season. Luke 4:13

Luke 4:13

“And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”

1. Solicitation of the passions; enticements to evil proceeding from the prospect of pleasure or advantage.

2. The state of being tempted or enticed to evil. When by human weakness you are led into temptation resort to prayer for relief.

3. Trial.

Lead us not into temptation

4. That which is presented to the mind as an inducement to evil.

Dare to be great without a guilty crown,

View it, and lay the bright temptation down.

5. In colloquial language, an allurement to any thing indifferent, or even good.

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