HEY EVERYONE! IT IS WEDNESDAY, SO THIS MEANS THAT WE ARE KICKING OFF OUR SUMMER TONIGHT, AND WE ARE DOING IT STRONGLY! BE IN THE BRICKHOUSE TONIGHT @ 5:30 PM FOR SOME FOOD, DRINKS, AND MUSIC BEFORE COLOR WARS BEGIN @ 6 PM. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE HERE FOR YOUR FREE T-SHIRT TO GET NASTY (YOU MIGHT WANT TO BRING A TOWEL AS WELL.)
However, as much as I love hanging out with you guys and talking about these awesome events I love talking about reading, specifically what we are reading in the Bible, even more than that. Today we are digging in even deeper into 1 Samuel, and we are going to be reading 1 Samuel 4 today. If you don't have the reading guide you can find it here.
I love this chapter because it speaks specifically to what the gospel is. I know you might be thinking, "Andrew, the gospel is just a New Testament thing. How can this passage speaking about events that happened hundreds of years before Jesus be talking about the gospel that revolves around them."
I will tell you how, and what I want you to do is read this short little excerpt from the Jesus Storybook Bible which is probably the coolest Bible I have come across in recent years. I want you to read some words from the introduction,
"No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the ones he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life! It takes the whole Bible to tell this story. And at the center of the story, there is a baby. Every story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in the puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture."
So...now I want you to go back and read v.3 again. Look not at who the Israelites were trusting in, but rather look at what they were trusting in. They believed that the ark itself would deliver them because it would scare the Philistines into submission. However, they were not trusting in the Lord and in his timing, so this is how the Lord followed through with what he told Samuel concerning Eli and his sons Hophni and Phinehas.
Think deeply about it. You cannot trust in yourself or some inanimate object to save you, to get you out of trouble, to be your god. This is where the gospel comes in and shines the light on our darkness, and Jesus proclaims to come to him. He will save you. Place all of your trust in him. Are we? Are we truly placing all of our trust in him?