The Word of God (II)

Got this great post in my inbox today from Jonathan Camac – timely reminder of the importance of God’s Word and His sovereign power at work in our lives!

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“The word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8)

Part 2 in my life-long series.

This post works off one simple premise: God’s word is powerful. And if you don’t believe me, let me just discredit your objections in advance. I’ll just throw some truth your way:

“The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born” (Psalm 33:6). We know a God who “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17). It was “at the blast of his breath, that the bottom of the earth could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare” (2 Samuel 22:16).

God is “sustaining all things by the power of his word” (Hebrews 1:3). The hum of the generator powering the whole universe is every word that the comes from the mouth of God. And we have at our disposal this…

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1 Samuel 8: We Want a King

askingforaking In 1 Samuel 7, which I blogged about last time, the people of Israel turned to the LORD in repentance, and He delivered them from the Philistines in an amazing victory. Chapter 8 picks up the story several years later and paints a different picture. Israel comes to Samuel and basically says, “You’re getting too old to lead us, and your sons are a wreck, so give us a king who can lead us to victory instead.”

How long this happened after the events of the previous chapter is uncertain. But it appears that several years have passed. In that time, Samuel has become “old”. The memories of the national repentance and subsequent victory recorded in chapter 7 are dulled. Continue reading