“Gideon’s 300 stood around the Midianites while they killed each other (Judges 7:21-22). They put the enemy to flight, and the tribes defeated those fleeing (verses 23-24). A small group can start a revival.
Jesus’ enemies had to get some men to pretend they were just (Luke 20:20). Having rejected Jesus, they had no truly just men among them.
The enemy blasphemes (Ps. 74:10), but not forever. He is coming.”
“”A soft answer turneth away wrath”” (Proverbs 15:1). In the midst of a battle, Gideon could give just such a reply (Judges 8:1-3).
Jesus’ promise of a message without preparation (Luke 21:14-15) was made to martyrs, not all witnesses—fulfilled in Stephen (Acts 6:9-10).
Have you ever noticed how loud a horn fools toot (Psalm 75:4-5)? But that music won’t play forever (verse 10).”
“In a time of apostasy (Judges 10:6), Israel needed a great regret (verse 10), a genuine repentance (verses 15-16), and a godly ruler (verse 18)—someone sho could “”make up the hedge, and stand in the gap”” (Ezekiel 22:30). These are the same things America needs today.”
“A despised beginning in life doesn’t keep a person from developing character and accomplishing things for God (Judges 11:1-3). Jephthah became the godly ruler needed to stand in the gap. He knew Israel’s history as recorded in God’s Word (verses 15-26; Numbers 20-24).
When your troubles keep you from sleeping (Psalm 77:4) remember a past song that God gave you in the night (v. 6). He does wonders (v. 14).”
“What the children shouldn’t engage in (Judges 13:5; Numbers 6:2-6) the parents should abstain from as well (verses 4, 7, 14).
God can provide apart from our personal preparations (Luke 22:35), but His normal way is for us to take with us what we will need (verse 36). The wise one will consider the ways of the ant (Proverbs 6:6; 30:25). ”
“Samson was a faithful judge for twenty years (Judges 15:20), but even after so long a time, his old problem with women arose again (16:1). We don’t get to a time when we can let our guard down.
Samson was so insensitive to God’s presence that he didn’t know when it was gone (16:20). It is dangerous to take His blessings for granted.”
“When everyone does what is right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6), the results are catastrophic, as in the last five chapters of Judges. Man will never get sophisticated enough to devise a plan better than God’s will.
Honest examination of Jesus reveals no flaw (Luke 23:4, 14, 22, 41, 47). Those who criticize Him were taught those things by others who preferred one who took life over the One who gives it (verses 18-19).”
“The men of Gibeah seemed to have little knowledge of the story of Lot in Sodom and repeated the same mistake (Judges 19:22). When God’s people are ignorant of Scripture, they can be as base as the lost world.
When a generation forgets God, it’s because the previous one rebelled against their responsibility to make Him known to them (Psalm 78:4-8).”
” The last five chapters of Judges begin with every man doing what was right in his own eyes (17:6) and end the same way (21:25). The stories between illustrate the great difference between what is right in man’s eyes and what is right before God. The way that seems right to man ends in death (Proverbs 14:12). God’s Way is also the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).
“Orpah and Ruth made different decisions; Orpah disappeared from history; Ruth is still honored (Ruth 1:14). Choices have consequences.
When we talk about Jesus (Luke 24:14), He draws near and goes with us (verse 15). Then we really learn about Him firsthand.
Our iniquities not only bring us low (Psalm 79:8), but they ruin the testimony of God’s name (verse 10).”
“Ruth was “”lucky”” enough to wind up in Boaz’s field. How ofter is our “”hap”” (Ruth 2:3) really God’s providence leading to a blessed end?
Boaz was sufficient for every need of Ruth, whether provision or protection (2:8-9). We too are blessed to have a Kinsman to redeem us, restore our life, and nourish us all our days (Ruth 4:14-15). Boaz pictures Jesus throughout the book.”
I Samuel 1
“When the Lord “”remembers”” you (I Samuel 1:19), be sure to remember what you said to Him (verses 11, 24-28).
The mark of a great preacher—when they heard him speak, they didn’t follow him but followed Jesus instead (John 1:37).”
I Samuel 2-4
“Hannah’s thanksgiving for answered prayer culminated in the glory of the One coming (I Samuel 2:10), not just in what she had received.
Some are in a position to do special damage to the Lord’s work with their sins (2:17, 22-24).
When the world heard God’s people rallying, they got more determined and won (I Samuel 4:5-10). We could learn from their lesson.”
I Samuel 5-6
“Every knew shall bow (Isaiah 45:23), even the false god Dagon—which means that the evil one behind him could not defend him from God.
Mary gave the best advice anyone could receive (John 2:5). Obey Him!
The great need of the hour is for us to be turned (Psalm 80:7, 19).”
I Samuel 7-8
“When a people refuse God’s rule and desire man’s rule instead, they can expect the kind of government outlined by Samuel (I Sam. 8:11-18).
Nicodemus was a teacher who learned a lot because he was willing to admit he didn’t know it all and asked questions (John 3:4, 9).
Israel’s great failing was not listening to God (Psalm 81:13). Let’s not repeat their mistake and suffer the same fate.”
I Samuel 9
“How often people pursue success in themselves until they despair, only then to seek God’s help
(I Samuel 9:5-6). They could have learned that they were seeking that which had already been found (verse 20).
A changed life is a powerful testimony for the Lord (John 4:39).”
I Samuel 10-12″ ”
When the Philistines have a garrison on the hill of God (I Samuel 10:5), there is a need for the Spirit to come upon us and make us into other men (verse 6). That new man will be angry at the evil being done to God’s people and lead them into battle (11:6-7).”
I Samuel 13-14
“Saul gave up waiting on Samuel, but as soon as he had made the offering, Samuel was there (I Samuel 13:10). He needed only to wait a little while, and he could have been established as king (verse 13). We “”have need of patience””; God keeps His promises (Hebrews 10:36).
We may sometimes feel outnumbered. That is not what determines the outcome of the Lord’s battles (I Samuel 14:6).”
I Samuel 15
“Saul said the people had spared the sheep, etc. (I Samuel 15:15). God said that Saul was involved (verse 9). Blaming others for their lack of obedience never excuses our own disobedience.
Some cults say that Jesus is not God, but only His Son. John 5:18 tells us that His being God’s Son makes Him equal with God. So He is to be honored as fully as God the Father (verse 23).”
I Samuel 16
“God didn’t wait for David to become king before His Spirit came upon him (I Samuel 16:13). The Spirit was on him even while he was a shepherd—we need God’s help in great works and small. This shepherd was to bless the world with Psalm 23.
To unbelief, God’s Word seems like a hard saying (John 6:60), but to those who follow Him faithfully, it is the Word of eternal life (verse 68).”
I Samuel 17-18
“Goliath saw it as defying the armies of Israel (I Samuel 17:10); David saw it as defying the armies of the living God (verse 26). Goliath would soon learn the difference (verse 49).
Eliab was mad at David instead of Goliath (I Samuel 17:28). God’s work will be hindered when we spend more time fighting each other than fighting the enemy. ”
I Samuel 19-20
“David was speaking of the imminent danger from Saul in I Samuel 20:3, but the same is true of all of us—there is but a step between us and death. We know not what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1), and it is only a fool who is not prepared at all times to meet God.
The mightiest of those on earth will die like the weakest (Psalm 82:6-7). In the end only One will reign (verse 8).”
I Samuel 21-22
“David pretended to be on the king’s business when it was really only for his own life that he was running (I Samuel 21:8). We can pretend that we are serving Jesus when it is really all about us.
The psalmist had learned a lesson about joy in the Lord—he loved to be in God’s house (Psalm 84:1, 10). Being with God and His people can restore and refresh us in a weary, thirsty world.”
I Samuel 23
“David didn’t let the enmity of an Israelite keep him from fighting the Lord’s enemies (I Samuel 23:1–5). Don’t let conflict with Christians sidetrack you in God’s work.
No one ever spoke like Jesus (John 7:46). If we will spend time in His Word, He’ll speak to us. Why would you listen to anyone else?
David believed in prayer (Psalm 86:6–7); he knew God’s nature (verse 5).”
I Samuel 24-25
“Nabal enjoyed the benefits of God’s anointed but wasn’t thankful enough to make a voluntary offering in gratitude for their support (I Samuel 25:4–11). The name Nabal means “”fool.”” Don’t be a fool!”
I Samuel 26-28
“In fear, David went for help from the ungodly (I Samuel 27:1–2). But that help was to come at the price of fighting against God’s people (28:1). Don’t let the world back you into such a corner. God had preserved David in the place where he was afraid.
Saul went further and sought help from the Devil (28:6–7). If you can’t hear God, move closer; don’t seek another voice to follow!”
I Samuel 29
“David wouldn’t harm God’s anointed (I Samuel 24:6). God was going to remove Saul but wouldn’t let it appear David had stolen the crown (29:4). He moved the heart of the wicked to bring it about (Proverbs 21:1).
Neither people nor countries can truly be free without Truth (John 8:32).
In affliction (Psalm 88:9), the psalmist called on God. When things didn’t make sense (vss. 10–12), he called again (vs. 13). See II Corinthians 12:8.”
I Samuel 30-31
“David had good reason for discouragement; everything was going wrong (I Samuel 30:1–5). Instead of abandoning God’s will, he got encouraged from the Lord (verse 6). We find encouragement from the same Source.
It’s day and time to work until the sun goes down. For the Christian it’s time to work until the Son comes down (John 9:4).”
II Samuel 1-2
“Would you love to see an enemy punished for what he did to you? Saul sought to kill David several times; see David’s reaction to Saul’s judgment (II Samuel 1:24–27). God doesn’t enjoy judgment (Ezekiel 18:31); a man after God’s heart (I Samuel 13:14) would take no pleasure in it either.
Praise is good (Psalm 89:1a), but when you leave the church, don’t forget to let everyone else know about the Lord (verse 1b).”
II Samuel 3
“Abner’s great potential was wasted by unfounded accusation (II Samuel 3:7) and revenge (verse 30). God’s people are their own worst enemies.
An open door is the easiest way to come in—and Jesus opened the door for all. Men make salvation way harder than it has to be by trying to climb in their own way (John 10:1).
Both His words and His works identified Jesus (verse 21).”
II Samuel 4-6
“The Lord’s presence in the home of Obed-edom brought blessings so great that word got to the king’s attention (II Samuel 6:11). What greater blessing could a house have than His presence?
Moses wrote Psalm 90, and in verse 10 he as good as said that life is over at least by 80. That was the age at which he began his greatest work. Don’t quit while you are able to do more.”
Notations and thoughts by Terry Frala