Summary: God’s presence brings His glory.
November 15, 2009 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God’s presence brings His glory.
Focus Passage: I Samuel 4:10-22
Supplemental Passage: 1 Cor 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Isaiah 42:8 NASB "I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another…
Introduction: Baby names: George Foreman (Jr, III, IV, V, VI, Freeda George, Georgette, and Natalie) Apple, Seven, Peaches Honeyblossom , Sage Moonblood, Dweezil, Moon Unit, Zuma Nesta Rock,: FAITH, HOPE, & LEON.
I. Time Of Disobedience
a. Preaching Was Scarce. 1 Samuel 3:1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.
b. Priests Were Scandalous.
i. 1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD
ii. 1 Samuel 2:17 Thus the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD, for the men despised the offering of the LORD.
c. People Were Sinful. 1 Samuel 2:23-24 He said to them, "Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people? (24) "No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the LORD'S people circulating.
II. A Time Of Defeat
a. The Foe 1 Samuel 4:1 Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped in Aphek.
i. Though the Philistines were their physical enemy, the real enemy that defeated them was "pride"
b. The Foolishness 1 Samuel 4:1-10 NASB There is now a prophet in the land. Yet, the children of Israel behave foolishly by going forth into battle without seeking his guidance or praying. Then, they make another foolish mistake by going to get The Ark of the Covenant thinking that it’s presence alone will bring them victory. They were trusting in the "ark"(v3. ..."when IT comes IT may save us") and not in the Lord.
c. The Fatalities.
V2. In the first fight, 4,000 were killed by the Philistines, and then after bringing the ark of the covenant with them 30,000 were killed. V.10
III. A Time Of Departure
a. The departure of her husband, and father-in-law. V.19
b. The departure of the glory of God. V.19
c. Even her own departure v 20