Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

15 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.  (James 4:17 NKJV) Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day. Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:  David Anointed King 1Sa 16:1  The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”  1Sa 16:2  But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’  1Sa 16:3  Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”  1Sa 16:4  Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”  1Sa 16:5  Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.  1Sa 16:6  When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”  1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  1Sa 16:8  Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.”  1Sa 16:9  Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the LORD chosen this one.”  1Sa 16:10  Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.”  1Sa 16:11  So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”  1Sa 16:12  So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”  1Sa 16:13  So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.  David in Saul’s Service 1Sa 16:14  Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.  1Sa 16:15  Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.  1Sa 16:16  Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”  1Sa 16:17  So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”  1Sa 16:18  One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.”  1Sa 16:19  Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”  1Sa 16:20  So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.  1Sa 16:21  David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.  1Sa 16:22  Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”  1Sa 16:23  Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.  David and Goliath 1Sa 17:1  Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah.  1Sa 17:2  Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines.  1Sa 17:3  The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.  1Sa 17:4  A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.  1Sa 17:5  He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels;  1Sa 17:6  on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.  1Sa 17:7  His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.  1Sa 17:8  Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me.  1Sa 17:9  If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”  1Sa 17:10  Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.”  1Sa 17:11  On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.  1Sa 17:12  Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old.  1Sa 17:13  Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah.  1Sa 17:14  David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul,  1Sa 17:15  but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.  1Sa 17:16  For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.  1Sa 17:17  Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp.  1Sa 17:18  Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.  1Sa 17:19  They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.”  1Sa 17:20  Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.  1Sa 17:21  Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other.  1Sa 17:22  David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were.  1Sa 17:23  As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.  1Sa 17:24  Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.  1Sa 17:25  Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”  1Sa 17:26  David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”  1Sa 17:27  They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”  1Sa 17:28  When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”  1Sa 17:29  “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”  1Sa 17:30  He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.  1Sa 17:31  What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.  1Sa 17:32  David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”  1Sa 17:33  Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”  1Sa 17:34  But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,  1Sa 17:35  I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.  1Sa 17:36  Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.  1Sa 17:37  The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”  1Sa 17:38  Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.  1Sa 17:39  David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.  1Sa 17:40  Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.  1Sa 17:41  Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.  1Sa 17:42  He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.  1Sa 17:43  He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  1Sa 17:44  “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”  1Sa 17:45  David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  1Sa 17:46  This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  1Sa 17:47  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”  1Sa 17:48  As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  1Sa 17:49  Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.  1Sa 17:50  So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.  1Sa 17:51  David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.  1Sa 17:52  Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.  1Sa 17:53  When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.  1Sa 17:54  David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.  1Sa 17:55  As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is that young man?” Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”  1Sa 17:56  The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”  1Sa 17:57  As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.  1Sa 17:58  “Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him. David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.” (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



14 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  (1 John 4:4 KJV) Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day. Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church: Jonathan Defeats the Philistines 1Sa 14:1  One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.  1Sa 14:2  Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men,  1Sa 14:3  among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD’s priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.  1Sa 14:4  On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh.  1Sa 14:5  One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.  1Sa 14:6  Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.”  1Sa 14:7  “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”  1Sa 14:8  Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us.  1Sa 14:9  If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them.  1Sa 14:10  But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands.”  1Sa 14:11  So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.”  1Sa 14:12  The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.”  1Sa 14:13  Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him.  1Sa 14:14  In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.  1Sa 14:15  Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.  1Sa 14:16  Saul’s lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions.  1Sa 14:17  Then Saul said to the men who were with him, “Muster the forces and see who has left us.” When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.  1Sa 14:18  Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God.” (At that time it was with the Israelites.)  1Sa 14:19  While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”  1Sa 14:20  Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.  1Sa 14:21  Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.  1Sa 14:22  When all the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were on the run, they joined the battle in hot pursuit.  1Sa 14:23  So on that day the LORD saved Israel, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven.  Saul’s Rash Vow 1Sa 14:24  Now the Israelites were in distress that day, because Saul had bound the people under an oath, saying, “Cursed be anyone who eats food before evening comes, before I have avenged myself on my enemies!” So none of the troops tasted food.  1Sa 14:25  The entire army entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground.  1Sa 14:26  When they went into the woods, they saw the honey oozing out; yet no one put his hand to his mouth, because they feared the oath.  1Sa 14:27  But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.  1Sa 14:28  Then one of the soldiers told him, “Your father bound the army under a strict oath, saying, ‘Cursed be anyone who eats food today!’ That is why the men are faint.”  1Sa 14:29  Jonathan said, “My father has made trouble for the country. See how my eyes brightened when I tasted a little of this honey.  1Sa 14:30  How much better it would have been if the men had eaten today some of the plunder they took from their enemies. Would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been even greater?”  1Sa 14:31  That day, after the Israelites had struck down the Philistines from Mikmash to Aijalon, they were exhausted.  1Sa 14:32  They pounced on the plunder and, taking sheep, cattle and calves, they butchered them on the ground and ate them, together with the blood.  1Sa 14:33  Then someone said to Saul, “Look, the men are sinning against the LORD by eating meat that has blood in it.” “You have broken faith,” he said. “Roll a large stone over here at once.”  1Sa 14:34  Then he said, “Go out among the men and tell them, ‘Each of you bring me your cattle and sheep, and slaughter them here and eat them. Do not sin against the LORD by eating meat with blood still in it.'” So everyone brought his ox that night and slaughtered it there.  1Sa 14:35  Then Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first time he had done this.  1Sa 14:36  Saul said, “Let us go down and pursue the Philistines by night and plunder them till dawn, and let us not leave one of them alive.” “Do whatever seems best to you,” they replied. But the priest said, “Let us inquire of God here.”  1Sa 14:37  So Saul asked God, “Shall I go down and pursue the Philistines? Will you give them into Israel’s hand?” But God did not answer him that day.  1Sa 14:38  Saul therefore said, “Come here, all you who are leaders of the army, and let us find out what sin has been committed today.  1Sa 14:39  As surely as the LORD who rescues Israel lives, even if the guilt lies with my son Jonathan, he must die.” But not one of them said a word.  1Sa 14:40  Saul then said to all the Israelites, “You stand over there; I and Jonathan my son will stand over here.” “Do what seems best to you,” they replied.  1Sa 14:41  Then Saul prayed to the LORD, the God of Israel, “Why have you not answered your servant today? If the fault is in me or my son Jonathan, respond with Urim, but if the men of Israel are at fault, respond with Thummim.” Jonathan and Saul were taken by lot, and the men were cleared.  1Sa 14:42  Saul said, “Cast the lot between me and Jonathan my son.” And Jonathan was taken.  1Sa 14:43  Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” So Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the end of my staff. And now I must die!”  1Sa 14:44  Saul said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you do not die, Jonathan.”  1Sa 14:45  But the men said to Saul, “Should Jonathan die—he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the LORD lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God’s help.” So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.  1Sa 14:46  Then Saul stopped pursuing the Philistines, and they withdrew to their own land.  Saul Fights Israel’s Enemies 1Sa 14:47  After Saul had assumed rule over Israel, he fought against their enemies on every side: Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment on them.  1Sa 14:48  He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them.  1Sa 14:49  Saul’s sons were Jonathan, Ishvi and Malki-Shua. The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal.  1Sa 14:50  His wife’s name was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the commander of Saul’s army was Abner son of Ner, and Ner was Saul’s uncle.  1Sa 14:51  Saul’s father Kish and Abner’s father Ner were sons of Abiel.  1Sa 14:52  All the days of Saul there was bitter war with the Philistines, and whenever Saul saw a mighty or brave man, he took him into his service.  The Lord Rejects Saul 1Sa 15:1  Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD.  1Sa 15:2  This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.  1Sa 15:3  Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'”  1Sa 15:4  So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah.  1Sa 15:5  Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.  1Sa 15:6  Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.  1Sa 15:7  Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt.  1Sa 15:8  He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.  1Sa 15:9  But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.  1Sa 15:10  Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel:  1Sa 15:11  “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.  1Sa 15:12  Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”  1Sa 15:13  When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.”  1Sa 15:14  But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”  1Sa 15:15  Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”  1Sa 15:16  “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” “Tell me,” Saul replied.  1Sa 15:17  Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.  1Sa 15:18  And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’  1Sa 15:19  Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?”  1Sa 15:20  “But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king.  1Sa 15:21  The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”  1Sa 15:22  But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  1Sa 15:23  For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”  1Sa 15:24  Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the LORD’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.  1Sa 15:25  Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD.”  1Sa 15:26  But Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you as king over Israel!”  1Sa 15:27  As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore.  1Sa 15:28  Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you.  1Sa 15:29  He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”  1Sa 15:30  Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.”  1Sa 15:31  So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.  1Sa 15:32  Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites.” Agag came to him in chains. And he thought, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”  1Sa 15:33  But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel put Agag to death before the LORD at Gilgal.  1Sa 15:34  Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul.  1Sa 15:35  Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



13 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Don’t be afraid, the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  (2 Kings 6:16 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.
 
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Samuel’s Farewell Address
1Sa 12:1  Samuel said to all Israel, “I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you.  1Sa 12:2  Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day.  1Sa 12:3  Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the LORD and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right.”  1Sa 12:4  “You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied. “You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.”  1Sa 12:5  Samuel said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” “He is witness,” they said.  1Sa 12:6  Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the LORD who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your ancestors up out of Egypt.  1Sa 12:7  Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the LORD as to all the righteous acts performed by the LORD for you and your ancestors.  1Sa 12:8  “After Jacob entered Egypt, they cried to the LORD for help, and the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your ancestors out of Egypt and settled them in this place.  1Sa 12:9  “But they forgot the LORD their God; so he sold them into the hand of Sisera, the commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hands of the Philistines and the king of Moab, who fought against them.  1Sa 12:10  They cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned; we have forsaken the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths. But now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve you.’  1Sa 12:11  Then the LORD sent Jerub-Baal, Barak, Jephthah and Samuel, and he delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around you, so that you lived in safety.  1Sa 12:12  “But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, ‘No, we want a king to rule over us’—even though the LORD your God was your king.  1Sa 12:13  Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the LORD has set a king over you.  1Sa 12:14  If you fear the LORD and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the LORD your God—good!  1Sa 12:15  But if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.  1Sa 12:16  “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!  1Sa 12:17  Is it not wheat harvest now? I will call on the LORD to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the LORD when you asked for a king.”  1Sa 12:18  Then Samuel called on the LORD, and that same day the LORD sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the LORD and of Samuel.  1Sa 12:19  The people all said to Samuel, “Pray to the LORD your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king.”  1Sa 12:20  “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.  1Sa 12:21  Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.  1Sa 12:22  For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.  1Sa 12:23  As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.  1Sa 12:24  But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.  1Sa 12:25  Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.” 
 
Saul Fights the Philistines
1Sa 13:1  Saul was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty- two years.  1Sa 13:2  Saul chose three thousand men from Israel; two thousand were with him at Mikmash and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent back to their homes.  1Sa 13:3  Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost at Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul had the trumpet blown throughout the land and said, “Let the Hebrews hear!”  1Sa 13:4  So all Israel heard the news: “Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel has become obnoxious to the Philistines.” And the people were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal.  1Sa 13:5  The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Mikmash, east of Beth Aven.  1Sa 13:6  When the Israelites saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns.  1Sa 13:7  Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear.  Saul’s Unlawful Sacrifice 1Sa 13:8  He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter.  1Sa 13:9  So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering.  1Sa 13:10  Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.  1Sa 13:11  “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash,  1Sa 13:12  I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”  1Sa 13:13  “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.  1Sa 13:14  But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”  1Sa 13:15  Then Samuel left Gilgal and went up to Gibeah in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred.  1Sa 13:16  Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash.  1Sa 13:17  Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual,  1Sa 13:18  another toward Beth Horon, and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboyim facing the wilderness.  1Sa 13:19  Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!”  1Sa 13:20  So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles sharpened.  1Sa 13:21  The price was two-thirds of a shekel for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads.  1Sa 13:22  So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.  1Sa 13:23  Now a detachment of Philistines had gone out to the pass at Mikmash.  (NIV)
 
Pray to the Lord
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard
 


12 September 2018 Verse of the Day

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  (1 Corinthians 13:2 NASB)
 
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Saul Anointed King
1Sa 10:1  Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the LORD anointed you ruler over his inheritance?  1Sa 10:2  When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”‘  1Sa 10:3  “Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine.  1Sa 10:4  They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.  1Sa 10:5  “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying.  1Sa 10:6  The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.  1Sa 10:7  Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.  1Sa 10:8  “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”  1Sa 10:9  As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.  1Sa 10:10  When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying.  1Sa 10:11  When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”  1Sa 10:12  A man who lived there answered, “And who is their father?” So it became a saying: “Is Saul also among the prophets?”  1Sa 10:13  After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place.  1Sa 10:14  Now Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, “Where have you been?” “Looking for the donkeys,” he said. “But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.”  1Sa 10:15  Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.”  1Sa 10:16  Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship. 
Saul Proclaimed King
1Sa 10:17  Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the LORD at Mizpah  1Sa 10:18  and said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.’  1Sa 10:19  But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.’ So now present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and clans.”  1Sa 10:20  When Samuel had all Israel come forward by tribes, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.  1Sa 10:21  Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found.  1Sa 10:22  So they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?” And the LORD said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”  1Sa 10:23  They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others.  1Sa 10:24  Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the LORD has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.” Then the people shouted, “Long live the king!”  1Sa 10:25  Samuel explained to the people the rights and duties of kingship. He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the LORD. Then Samuel dismissed the people to go to their own homes.  1Sa 10:26  Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched.  1Sa 10:27  But some scoundrels said, “How can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent. 
 
Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1Sa 11:1  Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead. And all the men of Jabesh said to him, “Make a treaty with us, and we will be subject to you.”  1Sa 11:2  But Nahash the Ammonite replied, “I will make a treaty with you only on the condition that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel.”  1Sa 11:3  The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue us, we will surrender to you.”  1Sa 11:4  When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept aloud.  1Sa 11:5  Just then Saul was returning from the fields, behind his oxen, and he asked, “What is wrong with everyone? Why are they weeping?” Then they repeated to him what the men of Jabesh had said.  1Sa 11:6  When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger.  1Sa 11:7  He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, “This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel.” Then the terror of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out together as one.  1Sa 11:8  When Saul mustered them at Bezek, the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and those of Judah thirty thousand.  1Sa 11:9  They told the messengers who had come, “Say to the men of Jabesh Gilead, ‘By the time the sun is hot tomorrow, you will be rescued.'” When the messengers went and reported this to the men of Jabesh, they were elated.  1Sa 11:10  They said to the Ammonites, “Tomorrow we will surrender to you, and you can do to us whatever you like.”  1Sa 11:11  The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions; during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together. 
The Kingdom Is Renewed
1Sa 11:12  The people then said to Samuel, “Who was it that asked, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death.”  1Sa 11:13  But Saul said, “No one will be put to death today, for this day the LORD has rescued Israel.”  1Sa 11:14  Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.”  1Sa 11:15  So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the LORD. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the LORD, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.  (NIV)
 
Pray to the Lord
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard
 


11 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.  (Zechariah 4:6 KJV)
 
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Israel Demands a King
1Sa 8:1  When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders.  1Sa 8:2  The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.  1Sa 8:3  But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.  1Sa 8:4  So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.  1Sa 8:5  They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”  1Sa 8:6  But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.  1Sa 8:7  And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.  1Sa 8:8  As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.  1Sa 8:9  Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.” 
 
Samuel’s Warning Against Kings
1Sa 8:10  Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king.  1Sa 8:11  He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.  1Sa 8:12  Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.  1Sa 8:13  He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.  1Sa 8:14  He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.  1Sa 8:15  He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.  1Sa 8:16  Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.  1Sa 8:17  He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.  1Sa 8:18  When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” 
 
The Lord Grants Israel’s Request
1Sa 8:19  But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.  1Sa 8:20  Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”  1Sa 8:21  When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD.  1Sa 8:22  The LORD answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.” 
 
Saul Chosen to Be King
1Sa 9:1  There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin.  1Sa 9:2  Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else.  1Sa 9:3  Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.”  1Sa 9:4  So he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and through the area around Shalisha, but they did not find them. They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there. Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.  1Sa 9:5  When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, “Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us.”  1Sa 9:6  But the servant replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”  1Sa 9:7  Saul said to his servant, “If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?”  1Sa 9:8  The servant answered him again. “Look,” he said, “I have a quarter of a shekel of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.”  1Sa 9:9  (Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquire of God, they would say, “Come, let us go to the seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)  1Sa 9:10  “Good,” Saul said to his servant. “Come, let’s go.” So they set out for the town where the man of God was.  1Sa 9:11  As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water, and they asked them, “Is the seer here?”  1Sa 9:12  “He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place.  1Sa 9:13  As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.”  1Sa 9:14  They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.  1Sa 9:15  Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel:  1Sa 9:16  “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”  1Sa 9:17  When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”  1Sa 9:18  Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”  1Sa 9:19  “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart.  1Sa 9:20  As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”  1Sa 9:21  Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?”  1Sa 9:22  Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited—about thirty in number.  1Sa 9:23  Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the piece of meat I gave you, the one I told you to lay aside.”  1Sa 9:24  So the cook took up the thigh with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, “Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion from the time I said, ‘I have invited guests.'” And Saul dined with Samuel that day.  1Sa 9:25  After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house.  1Sa 9:26  They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together.  1Sa 9:27  As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—”but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”  (NIV)
 
Pray to the Lord
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard
 


10 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.  (Revelation 3:19 NASB)
 
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The Ark Returned to Israel
1Sa 6:1  When the ark of the LORD had been in Philistine territory seven months,  1Sa 6:2  the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us how we should send it back to its place.”  1Sa 6:3  They answered, “If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you.”  1Sa 6:4  The Philistines asked, “What guilt offering should we send to him?” They replied, “Five gold tumors and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has struck both you and your rulers.  1Sa 6:5  Make models of the tumors and of the rats that are destroying the country, and give glory to Israel’s god. Perhaps he will lift his hand from you and your gods and your land.  1Sa 6:6  Why do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? When Israel’s god dealt harshly with them, did they not send the Israelites out so they could go on their way?  1Sa 6:7  “Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up.  1Sa 6:8  Take the ark of the LORD and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way,  1Sa 6:9  but keep watching it. If it goes up to its own territory, toward Beth Shemesh, then the LORD has brought this great disaster on us. But if it does not, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us but that it happened to us by chance.”  1Sa 6:10  So they did this. They took two such cows and hitched them to the cart and penned up their calves.  1Sa 6:11  They placed the ark of the LORD on the cart and along with it the chest containing the gold rats and the models of the tumors.  1Sa 6:12  Then the cows went straight up toward Beth Shemesh, keeping on the road and lowing all the way; they did not turn to the right or to the left. The rulers of the Philistines followed them as far as the border of Beth Shemesh.  1Sa 6:13  Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight.  1Sa 6:14  The cart came to the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and there it stopped beside a large rock. The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD.  1Sa 6:15  The Levites took down the ark of the LORD, together with the chest containing the gold objects, and placed them on the large rock. On that day the people of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices to the LORD.  1Sa 6:16  The five rulers of the Philistines saw all this and then returned that same day to Ekron.  1Sa 6:17  These are the gold tumors the Philistines sent as a guilt offering to the LORD—one each for Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron.  1Sa 6:18  And the number of the gold rats was according to the number of Philistine towns belonging to the five rulers—the fortified towns with their country villages. The large rock on which the Levites set the ark of the LORD is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh.  1Sa 6:19  But God struck down some of the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh, putting seventy of them to death because they looked into the ark of the LORD. The people mourned because of the heavy blow the LORD had dealt them.  1Sa 6:20  And the people of Beth Shemesh asked, “Who can stand in the presence of the LORD, this holy God? To whom will the ark go up from here?”  1Sa 6:21  Then they sent messengers to the people of Kiriath Jearim, saying, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the LORD. Come down and take it up to your town.” 
 
1Sa 7:1 
So the men of Kiriath Jearim came and took up the ark of the LORD. They brought it to Abinadab’s house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the LORD.  1Sa 7:2  The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time—twenty years in all. Then all the people of Israel turned back to the LORD. 
 
Samuel Judges Israel
1Sa 7:3  So Samuel said to all the Israelites, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.”  1Sa 7:4  So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.  1Sa 7:5  Then Samuel said, “Assemble all Israel at Mizpah, and I will intercede with the LORD for you.”  1Sa 7:6  When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the LORD. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the LORD.” Now Samuel was serving as leader of Israel at Mizpah.  1Sa 7:7  When the Philistines heard that Israel had assembled at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines came up to attack them. When the Israelites heard of it, they were afraid because of the Philistines.  1Sa 7:8  They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the LORD our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.”  1Sa 7:9  Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. He cried out to the LORD on Israel’s behalf, and the LORD answered him.  1Sa 7:10  While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the LORD thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites.  1Sa 7:11  The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Kar.  1Sa 7:12  Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”  1Sa 7:13  So the Philistines were subdued and they stopped invading Israel’s territory. Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines.  1Sa 7:14  The towns from Ekron to Gath that the Philistines had captured from Israel were restored to Israel, and Israel delivered the neighboring territory from the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.  1Sa 7:15  Samuel continued as Israel’s leader all the days of his life.  1Sa 7:16  From year to year he went on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah, judging Israel in all those places.  1Sa 7:17  But he always went back to Ramah, where his home was, and there he also held court for Israel. And he built an altar there to the LORD.  (NIV)
 
Pray to the Lord
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard
 


9 September 2018 Verse of the Day

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.  (Isaiah 55:11 NASB)
 
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The Philistines Capture the Ark
1Sa 4:1  And Samuel’s word came to all Israel. Now the Israelites went out to fight against the Philistines. The Israelites camped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines at Aphek.  1Sa 4:2  The Philistines deployed their forces to meet Israel, and as the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand of them on the battlefield.  1Sa 4:3  When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, “Why did the LORD bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the LORD’s covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.”  1Sa 4:4  So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. And Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.  1Sa 4:5  When the ark of the LORD’s covenant came into the camp, all Israel raised such a great shout that the ground shook.  1Sa 4:6  Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, “What’s all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?” When they learned that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp,  1Sa 4:7  the Philistines were afraid. “A god has come into the camp,” they said. “Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before.  1Sa 4:8  We’re doomed! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.  1Sa 4:9  Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!”  1Sa 4:10  So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers.  1Sa 4:11  The ark of God was captured, and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died. 
The Death of Eli
1Sa 4:12  That same day a Benjamite ran from the battle line and went to Shiloh with his clothes torn and dust on his head.  1Sa 4:13  When he arrived, there was Eli sitting on his chair by the side of the road, watching, because his heart feared for the ark of God. When the man entered the town and told what had happened, the whole town sent up a cry.  1Sa 4:14  Eli heard the outcry and asked, “What is the meaning of this uproar?” The man hurried over to Eli,  1Sa 4:15  who was ninety-eight years old and whose eyes had failed so that he could not see.  1Sa 4:16  He told Eli, “I have just come from the battle line; I fled from it this very day.” Eli asked, “What happened, my son?”  1Sa 4:17  The man who brought the news replied, “Israel fled before the Philistines, and the army has suffered heavy losses. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.”  1Sa 4:18  When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and he was heavy. He had led Israel forty years.  1Sa 4:19  His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains.  1Sa 4:20  As she was dying, the women attending her said, “Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son.” But she did not respond or pay any attention.  1Sa 4:21  She named the boy Ichabod, saying, “The Glory has departed from Israel”—because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband.  1Sa 4:22  She said, “The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.” 
 
The Philistines and the Ark
1Sa 5:1  After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.  1Sa 5:2  Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon.  1Sa 5:3  When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD! They took Dagon and put him back in his place.  1Sa 5:4  But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained.  1Sa 5:5  That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon’s temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.  1Sa 5:6  The LORD’s hand was heavy on the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastation on them and afflicted them with tumors.  1Sa 5:7  When the people of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, “The ark of the god of Israel must not stay here with us, because his hand is heavy on us and on Dagon our god.”  1Sa 5:8  So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and asked them, “What shall we do with the ark of the god of Israel?” They answered, “Have the ark of the god of Israel moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.  1Sa 5:9  But after they had moved it, the LORD’s hand was against that city, throwing it into a great panic. He afflicted the people of the city, both young and old, with an outbreak of tumors.  1Sa 5:10  So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. As the ark of God was entering Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “They have brought the ark of the god of Israel around to us to kill us and our people.”  1Sa 5:11  So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy on it.  1Sa 5:12  Those who did not die were afflicted with tumors, and the outcry of the city went up to heaven.  (NIV)
 
Pray to the Lord
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard
 


8 September 2018 Verse of the Day

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;  (Isaiah 55:10 NASB)
 
Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.
 
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1Sa 2:1  Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.  1Sa 2:2  “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.  1Sa 2:3  “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.  1Sa 2:4  “The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.  1Sa 2:5  Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.  1Sa 2:6  “The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.  1Sa 2:7  The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.  1Sa 2:8  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world.  1Sa 2:9  He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails;  1Sa 2:10  those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”  1Sa 2:11  Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest. 
Eli’s Worthless Sons
1Sa 2:12  Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the LORD.  1Sa 2:13  Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat was being boiled  1Sa 2:14  and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh.  1Sa 2:15  But even before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast; he won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.”  1Sa 2:16  If the person said to him, “Let the fat be burned first, and then take whatever you want,” the servant would answer, “No, hand it over now; if you don’t, I’ll take it by force.”  1Sa 2:17  This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD’s sight, for they were treating the LORD’s offering with contempt.  1Sa 2:18  But Samuel was ministering before the LORD—a boy wearing a linen ephod.  1Sa 2:19  Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.  1Sa 2:20  Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD.” Then they would go home.  1Sa 2:21  And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD. 
Eli Rebukes His Sons
1Sa 2:22  Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.  1Sa 2:23  So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours.  1Sa 2:24  No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the LORD’s people is not good.  1Sa 2:25  If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the LORD, who will intercede for them?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the LORD’s will to put them to death.  1Sa 2:26  And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people. 
The Lord Rejects Eli’s Household
1Sa 2:27  Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to your ancestor’s family when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh?  1Sa 2:28  I chose your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your ancestor’s family all the food offerings presented by the Israelites.  1Sa 2:29  Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’  1Sa 2:30  “Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.  1Sa 2:31  The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it will reach old age,  1Sa 2:32  and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, no one in your family line will ever reach old age.  1Sa 2:33  Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.  1Sa 2:34  “‘And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you—they will both die on the same day.  1Sa 2:35  I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.  1Sa 2:36  Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead, “Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.”‘” 
 
The Lord Calls Samuel
1Sa 3:1  The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.  1Sa 3:2  One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.  1Sa 3:3  The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the LORD, where the ark of God was.  1Sa 3:4  Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.”  1Sa 3:5  And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.  1Sa 3:6  Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”  1Sa 3:7  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.  1Sa 3:8  A third time the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.  1Sa 3:9  So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  1Sa 3:10  The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”  1Sa 3:11  And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.  1Sa 3:12  At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end.  1Sa 3:13  For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them.  1Sa 3:14  Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.'”  1Sa 3:15  Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision,  1Sa 3:16  but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, “Here I am.”  1Sa 3:17  “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.”  1Sa 3:18  So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.”  1Sa 3:19  The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.  1Sa 3:20  And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD.  1Sa 3:21  The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.  (NIV)
 
Pray to the Lord
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard
 


7 September 2018 Verse of the Day

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.  (Isaiah 55:9 NASB)
 
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Boaz Redeems
Ruth Rth 4:1  Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down.  Rth 4:2  Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so.  Rth 4:3  Then he said to the guardian-redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelek.  Rth 4:4  I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line.” “I will redeem it,” he said.  Rth 4:5  Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.”  Rth 4:6  At this, the guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it.”  Rth 4:7  (Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.)  Rth 4:8  So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal.  Rth 4:9  Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon.  Rth 4:10  I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!”  Rth 4:11  Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.  Rth 4:12  Through the offspring the LORD gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” 
Ruth and Boaz Marry
Rth 4:13  So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.  Rth 4:14  The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!  Rth 4:15  He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”  Rth 4:16  Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him.  Rth 4:17  The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. 
The Genealogy of David
Rth 4:18  This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron,  Rth 4:19  Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab,  Rth 4:20  Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,  Rth 4:21  Salmon the father of Boaz, Boaz the father of Obed,  Rth 4:22  Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David. 
 
The Birth of Samuel
1Sa 1:1  There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.  1Sa 1:2  He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.  1Sa 1:3  Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD.  1Sa 1:4  Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.  1Sa 1:5  But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb.  1Sa 1:6  Because the LORD had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.  1Sa 1:7  This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.  1Sa 1:8  Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”  1Sa 1:9  Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the LORD’s house.  1Sa 1:10  In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly.  1Sa 1:11  And she made a vow, saying, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”  1Sa 1:12  As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.  1Sa 1:13  Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk  1Sa 1:14  and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”  1Sa 1:15  “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.  1Sa 1:16  Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”  1Sa 1:17  Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”  1Sa 1:18  She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.  1Sa 1:19  Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.  1Sa 1:20  So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.” 
Samuel Given to the Lord
1Sa 1:21  When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow,  1Sa 1:22  Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always.”  1Sa 1:23  “Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.  1Sa 1:24  After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh.  1Sa 1:25  When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli,  1Sa 1:26  and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD.  1Sa 1:27  I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.  1Sa 1:28  So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.  (NIV)
 
Pray to the Lord
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard


6 September 2018 Verse of the Day

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.  (Isaiah 55:8 NASB)
 
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Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church: Ruth Meets Boaz
Rth 2:1  Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.  Rth 2:2  And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”  Rth 2:3  So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.  Rth 2:4  Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The LORD be with you!” “The LORD bless you!” they answered.  Rth 2:5  Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?”  Rth 2:6  The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi.  Rth 2:7  She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”  Rth 2:8  So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me.  Rth 2:9  Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”  Rth 2:10  At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”  Rth 2:11  Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.  Rth 2:12  May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”  Rth 2:13  “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”  Rth 2:14  At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.” When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over.  Rth 2:15  As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her.  Rth 2:16  Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”  Rth 2:17  So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah.  Rth 2:18  She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.  Rth 2:19  Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!” Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.  Rth 2:20  “The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”  Rth 2:21  Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.'”  Rth 2:22  Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women who work for him, because in someone else’s field you might be harmed.”  Rth 2:23  So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law. 
 
Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor
Rth 3:1  One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for.  Rth 3:2  Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.  Rth 3:3  Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.  Rth 3:4  When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”  Rth 3:5  “I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered.  Rth 3:6  So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.  Rth 3:7  When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down.  Rth 3:8  In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!  Rth 3:9  “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”  Rth 3:10  “The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.  Rth 3:11  And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.  Rth 3:12  Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I.  Rth 3:13  Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”  Rth 3:14  So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.”  Rth 3:15  He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he went back to town.  Rth 3:16  When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?” Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her  Rth 3:17  and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'”  Rth 3:18  Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”  (NIV)
 
Pray to the Lord
 
Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard
 



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