Bible in 90 Days Day 20 Using the SOAP Method
I Samuel 2: 30-36 to I Samuel 15
2 God promises to honor those who honor him and God says He will raise up a priest that will be over hte house of Eli
3 God calls Samuel and once Samuel realizes it is God calling him, and tells him that God will do a great thing in Israel and also judge Eli’s house because of the iniquity of Eli’s house
4 The ark of the covenant was brought among the people and event he enemy was afraid because they knew it meant God dwelt with the people
5 The Philistines took the ark of God and God was against them so they knew they had to get rid of it
6 Six months went by and the Philistines still had the ark of God and didn’t know what to do with it and eventually gave it back
7 The Israelites went to fetch the ark of God and Samuel told the Israelites that if they returned to God and served him only, God would deliver them from the Philistines. Samuel spent his life as a judge over the Israelites
8 When Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel, but his sons were not honorable and perverted justice so the Israelites asked for a king. Samuel tried to explain to them a king was not a good idea, but they would not listen and so God told Samuel to give the Israelites a king.
9 God tells Samuel to make Saul a prince over the Israelites
10 Samuel told the Israelites their history and Saul is sent out before the people
11 Saul is harsh in his judgment and rule against those who do not follow Samuel and him. Saul became King.
12 Samuel reminds the people that against his wishes and God they asked for a king and now they have one, but if they or their king turn away from god, things will be very hard for them
13 Saul did not reign according to the rule of God
14 Jonathan, the son of Saul had his first battle and with the help of Jehovah he was victorious and the Israelites intervened on Jonathan’s behalf to save his life
15 Samuel talked to Saul about how Saul was not obeying God as he should in his service as king
This passage once again talks about the Israelites complaining and wanting to be like their neighbors. Once again, God and his leader tell the Israelites that what they want is contrary to the will of God and will be to their harm and the Israelites do not listen. We today are still so much like the Israelites. So many times God tells us and uses others to tell us that what we want is contrary to the will of God and instead of following god, we act like fools and contrary to the will of God. When will we learn that God wants our god and that if we act according to his rules our lives will be better.
Heavenly Father, I thank you and praise you for giving me your work to learn your wishes. I thank you for my church leadership and church family to help guide me in my service to you. Lord I thank you for the many things you do for my benefit. Lord please help me to obey your will and to be what you want me to be instead of what I see in others around me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.