August 1, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 4, 5


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SAA Notes

The glory departs from Israel! Phineas and Hophni did not realise this, Phineas’ wife did. Would you realise when the Glory has departed from our church or people? The Gospel is preached to the Philistines – they see that the Lord is God. He throws down their idol Dagon. Philistia has a different spirit to the city of Gibeon, who heard and believed and therefore did everything to join Israel.

SJA Notes

“The glory has departed from Israel!”

While we have hope seen in Samuel – Who knows and loves the Lord and will be used mightily – We also have this very low point for Israel.

The ark is captured, the glory of the Lord departs Israel!

It is interesting to read the reaction of the Philistines. They have surprising courage against what they perceive as “mighty gods”.

On the other hand, Israel seem to have wanted the ark to act like a magic spell, a genie in a bottle – For the Lord to appear, or His power to be at work, and conquer their enemies.

But God doesn’t work that way. And both Philistia and Israel come to see this truth clearly in today’s passage.

Eli dies. One of the very last judges of Israel.

When the Philistines capture the ark, while Israel has been defeated, it has no bearing on the Lord’s sovereignty and power!

God afflicted the Philistines, so much that their cry went up to heaven.

It is good for us to be reminded, each day, again and again, that the Lord is the LORD Yahweh – There is no other! That He does not act the way we think He should, but His ways are marvellous, and we cannot comprehend the depths of His mind.

Isaiah reminds us so well in chapter 46,

“… For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,…”

* God Above,

You are God, there is none like You.

Please write Your word on our hearts today, that we might understand You better!

We need Your voice in our heads and not that of the world! We need Your wisdom rather than that which comes from this broken fallen world!

Your plans cannot fail, Your will is absolute, there is none that can overpower You.

Amen and Hallelujah!

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