We are to be like delivery men — not tampering with the message on the card, only delivering it.
Command, Call, and Response
God’s Word calls for a response — simple as that. The Word of the Lord is never a suggestion, something that God would prefer we do and take heed of, and it is certainly not just ‘another way’ in the world. As the only true revelation of the true God, the Scriptures are a command. They call us to do something. And, commands demand a response, whether positive or negative. God calls and commands out to every man to repent and to trust in Christ (Acts 17:30). Our God does not merely suggest we turn from our sins and trust in the Savior (Isaiah 45:21-22), he commands it. So, how will we respond? Will we reject, or repent? Or for those who already love and trust Christ, will we remain obedient, or rebel? Will we shy away from certain texts and uncomfortable verses in the bible, or will we preach them and communicate them regardless of the response that comes from them?
The heart and mind of God is fully demonstrated in the person of Jesus
Desires of the Lord
The most beautiful and theological phrase that can be used to describe God’s purposes, intentions, and desires in all of the Scriptures (in my opinion) is found in 1 Samuel 2. Here, God’s word gives us the phrase! It isn’t from a song or from a Charles Spurgeon quote, it is from the very word of God — from the words of God. In 1 Samuel 2:35, the Lord says this, “And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind.” Continue reading “1 Samuel 2, Pt. 2: The Mediator”
The greatest display of God’s sovereignty, his freedom in the universe, is his power and love to save sinners.
Will the Lord Accomplish?
One thing matters most in the universe and it is this: will God’s will (desire, plans, purposes, etc.) be carried out and accomplished exactly as he determines, or is history a big game of catch-up and tying up loose ends as they are unraveled by all aspects of creation? This is huge (cue Trump voice). Do we, as Christians, have any kind of confidence in the world, in our daily lives from a small scale to the large scale, that God is and will accomplish everything he pleases, or is God extremely intelligent to bring things back in align to his purposes that don’t unfold the way he intended?
Will the Lord accomplish all the he pleases, all the intentions and thoughts (using these words for our understanding) of his heart, or does it just happen and he comes to aid like an ambulance to a horror scene?
First, a definition: the sovereignty of God is this — He is sovereign over the whole world, and everything that happens in it. He is never helpless, never frustrated, never at a loss; he is never backed into a corner where his only recourse is to do something he hates to do. He does whatever he pleases. In a simple word: God has absolute freedom. Continue reading “1 Samuel 2: Sovereignty of God”
God carries out his desires and plans by his people’s prayers.
God’s Kindness to His People
Reading through the Old Testament, we often see that the people of Israel continued to sin, rebel, and reject God’s designs and his revealed will for how they are to operate. He saves them from captivity (Exodus), takes them to the promised Land (Joshua), and after their leaders (Moses and Joshua) die, they reject everything when the new generation begins to grow. And the theme of the book of Judges is 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” So, what should God do to unjust, evil, rebellious, and idolatrous people of Israel? Be the God who just swept away the Egyptians by his hand and overtake them for their just deserving of death. But instead, God raises up another — Samuel. A prophet whom God would bring up to declare the goodness of God, the judgement of God, and the mercy of God to the people who have rebelled against him and deserve nothing but the sword of his wrath. Continue reading “1 Samuel 1: God and Prayer”