You’d better get the answer to that question right. The difference between right and wrong means the difference between everything from sin and salvation, to freedom and bondage, to liberty and tyranny. For all the problems we’ve read about so far, the answer to this question either causes them or begins to solve them.
Have you ever received a gift you couldn’t wait to open, only to be surprised by something you really didn’t want? Perhaps it was that ugly sweater at Christmas. That’s kind of what happens to these Philistines in 1 Samuel 5-6 who captured the Ark of the Covenant and placed it as a trophy in […]
This chapter chronicles the signs of the judgment prophesied in chapters 2 and 3, and Israel’s reactions to it. It is a beginning of God’s judgment upon the house of Eli and the greater social ramifications of that judgment as well. The narrative begins with a military defeat for the Israelites, and their reaction to […]
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The […]
We are by now familiar with the list of tyrannies that God said Israel’s desired King would impose upon them (1 Sam. 8): conscription for military service and civil service, a military-industrial complex, high taxation, confiscation of property, slavery, etc. (See my previous discussions here and here.) What we learn from the following two chapters […]