Summary: You know, we sometimes sing a song titled “It’s Gonna Rain, and it includes the words “God got angry upon his throne”. Well it’s true. While God may be slow to anger, the book of Samuel tells of a time when God’s patience was tried.
You know, we sometimes sing a song titled “It’s Gonna Rain, and it includes the words “God got angry upon his throne”. Well it’s true. While God may be slow to anger, the book of Samuel tells of a time when God’s patience was tried. It tells of the story of Who, When and Why.
I know some of you wanna believe that God could never get angry, because he’s a good God. But just as we have to punish and chastise our children, God sometimes does the same.AMEN
The message you are about hear will tell of:
• pain and joy,
• anguish and happiness,
• destruction and survival,
• deception and prayer
• War and peace.
• It will tell of Who, when and why…….
But, before we get into the Who, When and Why’s, let’s understand a few things about a few of the players of this great event in the book of Samuel.
Now, you might be saying, now how can it be a great event? Well I always say that the bible has the greatest stories ever told, and the most powerful movies ever written. You just need to pick it up and start reading. So, set back, listen up and enjoy. AMEN
My message today’s is The Defeat of Amalek
Now at this point I would normally tell you who Amalek is, but there are other players in this message that leads up to him.
Anyway, there are three main players in this event that you need to understand more about before we begin.
They are Samuel, Saul, and Amalek. Who are they? And What did they do?
Samuel was the son of Hannah, a good woman, a selfless woman, a childless woman. Hannah prayed and cried for a son. She didn’t pray for herself. Her prayer was not selfish. She prayed that the Lord would give a man child to her hand maiden.
1 Samuel 1:11 states: And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
Hannah prayed and cried so much, the King Eli marked her that she no longer speak. In his mind she was no one. He thought she was just another drunk. He saw the outside appearance and assumed the inside. But she was persistent. Even if she couldn’t speak she continued to pray, and she continued to cry. Her cry was a spiritual cry of pain and sorrow. As Eli watched her, his admiration grew, and he would finally give her his blessings.
1 Samuel 1:17 states: Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
It would not be Hannah’s handmaiden that would bear the man child, it would be Hannah. Brothers and sisters, this in itself shows you, that your unselfish prayers could be answered as Hannah’s was. People all over the world pray. But there prayers may go unanswered. Just maybe that prayer is a selfish one. Just maybe they’re forgetting about the life that they’re granted. Just maybe they’ve forgotten how prayers can work around and though others.
• When you ask for that job, maybe you need to ask for a spirit of understanding.
• Instead of asking for that certain car, maybe ask for sufficient transportation.
• Instead of asking for beauty and fame, maybe ask for the spirit of God within you to be stronger, so that you light may shine through.
Hannah was given the gift of a man child. But even as Hannah was given this child, she didn’t praise the child, as we sometimes do. She was thankful for the gift God had given her.
1 Samuel 1:28 states: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
Samuel would become the Prophet Samuel. AMEN
Brothers and sisters, we have so many things to be grateful for. Somehow we think “WE” gave us all that we have. I’ve heard someone say, Why should I give God the glory for the food on the table, when I worked hard to earn the money to buy the food to put on the table. Oh my Lord!
We boast about homes, and cars. We tweet about shoes and style. We blog about our great jobs, but we should be more like Hannah and realize it’s God who gives according to our needs.
1Samuel 2:3 states: Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. AMEN