Things are Not What They Appear

March 12, 2015

We have been going through “The Story” for two months now. This week the church is reading through Chapter 10 which covers 1st Samuel 1-15. Great read thus far covering Hannah, Samuel, and the rise and fall of Saul. In the midst of all these individuals, there are some interesting events that take place in chapters 4-7 of 1st Samuel. To summarize, the Israelite go to war against the Philistines and lose and they lose big. They go home and believe that their major mistake was leaving the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark, in the OT, represented the presence of God for the people. The people believed that since they did not have the Ark they did not have God. They take the Ark with them in the next battle and lose that battle and worse the Ark is captured by the Philistines. The Ark, while changing possession and locations several times, is not seen for 20+ years. Why? 1st Samuel 7:3 “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the Ashteroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” Judging by Samuel’s words, on the surface the Jewish people seemed to reflect God and show themselves to be His people, but looking futher, things are not as they appear. Their hearts are far from God and covered with idolatry. There is a great lesson for Christians today, to make sure that the outside and the inside are matching up and that the appearance that is being given to the world around us is a direct reflection of heart that is focused on God and serves God only!

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