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 […]
(The following is the beginning of a worldview preaching series I have been working on intermittently for the past year or so, preaching through the book of 1 Samuel. This is sermon 1, “Something big is about to happen: The theological introduction to 1 Samuel.”) There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill […]
As Christians, we have to be on guard against the corruption that can come from success, power and wealth. God often sends us periods of trial and suffering to draw us back to Him, to make us humble once again. If wealth, success and power are the things that lead us into sin most readily, […]
I believe that a preacher of the Gospel should know something about everything. Not be a know-it-all, but know something about it all. He should ably extract knowledge from every area and facet of life and use it in his message in an organic and fluid manner. If he cannot, he can only prove himself drone and drudger: competent to do busy work but not to teach.
Are these strong words? Yes. But not my opinion only. George Herbert, in his terse and powerful classic The Country Parson, writes of the parson’s knowledge (Chapter IV):