Still there is preserved that form of government in which we so deservedly rejoice. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 12:24". He thought of you and these black sins, and that evil nature which all of us inherited from Adam, and atonement was made for every one of us. 1. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 12:24". 1999. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. A sense of Divine greatness. The greatest works of His mercy are but His love tokens to Israel, In all which not the greatest mercy itself, but the application of it to ourselves, whets up and sets an edge upon thankfulness. He hath done for you, or, among you, both at this time and formerly. Is it sufficient for us coldly to bless God with our lips; unconcernedly to enter into His holy temple, and unite with His people in declaring our thankfulness? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-samuel-12.html. 24 y When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” 2 Then Saul took z three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. And yet He Who alone knew its worth yielded it up for us. For the new initiative with Samuel, see especially Walter Brueggemann, First and Second Samuel: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Lousville: John Knox, 1990), 27-28. And not only do these signs of the times, with fear of change, perplex monarchs, but they trouble many besides. It includes both the fear and service of God. God chose for them a king who was the most qualified in all the land. With the voluntary devotedness of the heart and life, With constancy and perseverance. 2. The Rise of Samuel and the Fall of Eli and Sons (1 Samuel 3:1-4:22) Now Samuel said to all Israel: “Indeed I have heeded your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you. I. i. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. That man can reverence God. When someone objected that the clauses in the American Declaration of Independence, such as, “All men are equal,” and so forth, were but “glittering generalities,” Emerson replied that they had proved “blazing ubiquities,” they had poured the light of salvation on the nation’s path at great moments. We never were in Egypt, nor in the bottom of the sea, nor in the wilderness fed with manna, etc. Sin makes havoc of all, confounds all, and brings derision to all estates; makes the tail the head, changes the fine gold, and makes it dim like to earthen pitchers. What? But the motive pleaded here is gratitude for what God has done. How great are our obligations thus to fear and serve God. 1857. Some serve Him with their will. So you may mentally be traversing a land of mystery, a land of darkness and of the shadow of death, but you have a precious beacon. 1 Samuel 12 – Samuel’s Speech at Saul’s Coronation A. The conclusion of all is in verse 14. III. In the temporal provisions of His bounty. How can we be really sure whether we are Christ’s or whether we are not. Hebrew, "Far be it from me from Jehovah," i.e. Serve him - Consider him your Lord and Master; consider yourselves his servants. In all this confusion and conflict true religious faith and feeling shall preserve us, and bring us through in safety. 2. It outlines the change from the theocracy established under Moses to the monarchy begun under [king] Saul. Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your. 2. It is clear that the fear of an awakened sinner who sues successfully for pardon differs vastly from that servile dread which would flee from God as an unfriendly Being delighting in the misery of His creatures. All these will make them swell in our eyes to a wonderful magnitude. Had they plenty of manna, purity of worship, and extraordinary protection, and are we inferior to them, or any age before us, in the liberties of the Gospel, and happy days of grace? Fear him not with a servile fear, which is before dehorted from, but with a filial fear, a reverential affection for God; and includes the whole of religious worship, internal and external; explained further by serving him according to the truth of his word, and in a cordial, sincere, and affectionate manner; and if this was wanting in them, he suggests that his prayers and instructions would be of little avail, and not to be depended on: for consider how great things he hath done for you; in bringing them out of Egypt: settling them in the land of Canaan; giving them his laws, statutes, commands, and ordinances; sending prophets unto them, and raising up judges for them, and bestowing all good things on them, in nature, providence, and grace; though some restrain this to the great thing he had done that day, to convince them of their sin, and by which they were returned to the Lord, namely, the violent storm of thunder; which wonderful instance of the power of God, and token of his displeasure against them, they were to lay up in their minds, and not forget, that it might be a means of preserving them from sin for the future. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? (11) Samuel ministers unto the LORD. “Only fear the Lord” Reverence implies:--, 1. Had they the law written, and have not we? And this victory was gained in the very same place where the Israelites received their former fatal loss. Is it no great thing if you and I put forth our faith and expect God to fulfil the impossible in our lives? There is a test which we must apply again and again whenever the least doubt arises as to whether we are God’s children and the heirs of glory. The religious sentiment revived in the Puritan saved us from the terrible despotism which the Stuarts sought to fasten upon up. 1917. 1. He was Jehovah's Messiah, and as such his person was sacred. 1. quite simple. heart. 24. 1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great [things] he hath done for you. Only fear the Lord.] Had they the promises in hope, and have not we them in mind? 2. But the parallel fails; He has given us Christ; the demand on our gratitude is transcendent, the claim for our service unparalleled. I remember once hearing a devout engine driver relate his religious experience. To this principle David steadfastly adhered (see 1 Samuel 26:9; 2 Samuel 1:16). He may have compared himself to a dead dog and a single flea ( 1 Samuel 24:14) to help Saul realize that he viewed himself as harmless and insignificant, beneath Saul"s dignity to pursue. And now, having done with Israel, let us see what great things God hath done for us, and whether they be not as worthy our consideration. Introduction to 1 Samuel; 2. As great things for us? The practical nature of true religion. Is not our text to us a very precious direction and encouragement? 1 Samuel 12:24 NIV But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. These comparisons may also have been warnings that Saul should not think of David as helpless and … Choose a verse from '1 Samuel 25' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org StudyLıght .org . 3. II. It is this: Have you ever yet definitely by faith gone to God and asked Him, for Christ’s sake, to wash you in the Blood of the Lamb? Go to. Notes: 1. It is a way which is profitable, and will secure for us new favours God wastes not His blessings: the streams of His goodness will not always flow upon a barren and unfertile soil: He will at last turn them to those places that will be rendered by them luxuriant and productive. for consider how great things he hath done for you; in bringing them out of Egypt: settling them in the land of Canaan; giving them his laws, statutes, commands, and ordinances; sending prophets unto them, and raising up judges for them, and bestowing all good things on them, in nature, providence, and grace; though some restrain this to the great thing he had done that day, to convince them of their sin, and by which they were returned to the Lord, namely, the violent storm of thunder; which wonderful instance of the power of God, and token of his displeasure against them, they were to lay up in their minds, and not forget, that it might be a means of preserving them from sin for the future. There could not, therefore, have been a stronger or more appropriate proof of a divine mission than the phenomenon of rain and thunder happening, without any prognostics of its approach, upon the prediction of a person professing himself to be a prophet of the Lord, and giving it as an attestation of his words being true. ii. 1599-1645. 1. 3. We can imagine no motives for obedience either to an earthly or a heavenly father except either the value and certainty of the rewards proposed, coupled with a conviction of the ability and willingness of our father to confer them, or the apprehension of just and severe punishment for disobedience. They stood on the threshold of a new epoch. It will prove our sheet anchor in the storm, our guiding star in the hour of darkness, our spring of strength and hope always. I. Did the Lord give them a good land, flowing with milk and honey? If we behave, then God is gracious to us. All fiends human and angelic do this, III. Il) we sometimes say when something good ...read more Let us be full of faith and spirituality; let us honour God and the higher law; let us be true to prayer, to worship, to God’s Holy Word; let us do our duty in the fear of God; and God will untie our knots, solve our problems, protect our liberties end glory, and lead us into a larger and richer inheritance. What other creatures on this earth can do this? 2. if we misbehave, God’s grace stops. For consider what great things he has done for you." Does anyone object that such mottoes as these are vague generalities, out of which we can get little good? 1 Samuel 25:19 - She said to her young men, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. God has been scattering over this earth, have not detracted from His boundless wealth. Testimony to Samuel’s integrity. BibliographyNisbet, James. “In truth with all your heart.” A national profession of Christianity will not says us, a barren orthodoxy will not save us, but if the heart of the nation be sound God will not desert us. I. How are we to bridge over the interval, as it were, between fearing God and serving Him in truth with all our heart? (Job 28:28; Psalms 19:9; Proverbs 23:17; Revelation 14:7.). Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he has done for you. The Son and the Psalm of Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-2:10) 3. Listen to your great prophet Carlyle, to your great critic Ruskin, to your great poet Tennyson. ii. We notice here:--. 1 Samuel 12:24, KJV : "Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you." We are saved by faith in the love and in the mercy and in the finished work of Jesus Christ, and because we trust in Him He brings forth in us the good works of holy living. And serve him in truth.] And this indeed was the end of the Divine Providence in selecting this people: to preserve and spread among mankind the knowledge and worship of the true God, and obedience to his will, was the great point in view, in the divine counsels, in all that was done to and for the Israelites. ‘Consider how great things He hath done for you.’. Thus we see that amidst all the changes of the Hebrew state, their prophets steadily inculcated one and the same great principle, namely, that of fearing and serving the one true and living God, in spirit and in truth. Men of lesser genius seek to understand things superficially, and to correct them one by one, but the masters get to the root principle, the dominant law, the prevailing tendency. Samuel and the Sons of Belial (1 Samuel 2:11-36) 4. It may not be our lot while upon earth to realise the Majesty and Beauty of His attributes. 1. 1685. These and many more are full of misgiving as they ponder the signs of the times. Only fear the Lord, and serve him with truth, &c. — Otherwise neither my prayers nor counsels will stand you in any stead. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-samuel-12.html. For none can reverence the morally unworthy. 1 Samuel 12:24(NASB) Verse Thoughts If we would but follow the wisdom contained in the Word of God, how our faith would be strengthened, and how our fear would dissolve into the sea of God’s gracious faithfulness. But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. So all the streams of mercy must, in the right use of them, return to the boundless sea whence they first flow unto us. The powerful motive supplied. The nation of Israel has rejected God from being king over them and have demanded that they be given a king like the other nations. But of Jesus, His well-beloved Son, He possessed no equivalent, no counterpart. Is it not wheat harvest to-day?—That season in Palestine occurs at the end of June or beginning of July, when it seldom or never rains, and the sky is serene and cloudless. Consider how great things He hath done for you. (A. Maclaren, D. D.). “Only fear the Lord.” “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel.” Does anyone cavil at these sayings as if they were not definite and illuminative? And thus in this place it serves Samuel’s purpose to bring home the mercies close to Israel. On the other hand, if our service arose from our dread of the vengeance of God and nothing more, it would be deficient in that entire trust in His goodness, and free choice of His service which alone can make us acceptable in His sight. To fear the Lord. Still there is preserved unto us the inestimable privilege of worshipping God according, to the dictates of our own consciences. God’s claim to this Fear which I have described That claim is founded on every one of the Divine imperfections. Thus we see that amidst all the changes of the Hebrew state, their prophets steadily inculcated one and the same great principle, namely, that of fearing and serving the one true and living God, in spirit and in truth. Were there no rewards or punishments, no heaven or hell, He commands our service by what He is The Infinite Beauty claims our homage, the Infinite Righteousness our obedience. Let us consider the text in relation to personal life. 1 Samuel 12:24, ESV: "Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. 1 Samuel 12:24. Israel shall sat an higher price on the mercies, because they are the Lord’s; as you know it doubles the favour, to be from a friend, a father, or a dear hand. There can be no doubt but that we live on the eve of vast changes alike in Church and State. In the way that He appoints. Fear the Lord, and serve him; otherwise neither my prayer nor counsels will stand you in any stead. But a day will surely come, which the rapid years are hurrying on, when we shall behold Him no longer armed as our Judge, but displaying Himself as reconciled to us and at one with us through Christ. 2. Hath not God brought our vine out of Egypt, where it grew not well, with signs and wonders, and a strong hand, when we were in Egyptian darkness and the Babylonish captivity. Ver. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". Notice:--. He is at once the Governor of the World, and “Our Father which is in heaven.” Therefore, ere we can “serve God in truth with all our heart” our bosoms must be transfused with that fear of God which is made perfect in love. For consider what great things he has done for you. Next, are we behind them in temporals? BibliographyTrapp, John. Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Only fear the Lord, and serve him with truth, Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. But I forbear: Thy mercies, Lord, are innumerable; and to reckon them up in order before Thee is as difficult as to count the stars in the heavens, or the sand which is on the seashore. The conduct of Samuel, in this whole affair of the king's appointment, shows him to have been a great and good man who sank all private and personal considerations in disinterested zeal for his country's good and whose last words in public were to warn the people, and their king, of the danger of apostasy and disobedience to God. If you cast your eyes back to temporal favours, consider how He went clown with your fathers into Egypt, and what wonders he wrought for them in that land. “For consider what great things the Lord hath done for you.” This is seen: 1. Israel must consider the works of God in the greatness of them, their multitude, variety, freeness, and sweetness; in their own unworthiness of them, and their misery without them. Everything depends upon the religious faith and life of our nation. I know also that it differs greatly from that composed reverence with which the soul in a condition of confirmed pardon and reconciliation looks upon God. Had they the true worship of God in shadows, and have not we in substances? And that many cords bind faster then one, unto love and duty: And in many great mercies such a flame of affection shineth out upon the Church as much water cannot quench; and this sense of God’s love enlargeth our affections with zeal and fervency, to love Him again. BibliographyClarke, Adam. BibliographyWesley, John. Only fear the Lord, and serve him with truth, &c. — Otherwise neither my prayers nor counsels will stand you in any stead. Passage: 1 Samuel 12:1-24 Intro: One of the most persistent misconceptions in the Christian life is that God’s grace is tied to our behavior. II. 3. I have been your leader from my youth until this day. In hours of deepest darkness and confusion be loyal to the text--only that, and nothing more. There was an intense, competitive relationship between the two wives, Peninnah (who had children) and Hannah (who had no children). And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own floc… The religious sentiment revived in Wesley and Whitefield saved us from atheism and its horrors when Voltaire with a light heart led the French nation into a sea of blood. As the Lord gave Israel extraordinary victories and deliverances, which struck dread into all the nations about them, so hath He done for us, who have been made the head of nations, and not the tail, honoured and feared abroad, as well as happy at home. “For consider how great things He hath done for you.” We have had perils before, and they were averted. The Birth of Samuel. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. In giving us His Word.—‘We are filled who live to-day,’ writes a distinguished philosopher, ‘with a more present sense of the great love of God than those of old who, groping in the dawn of knowledge, saw only dark shadows of the Unknown.’ For we possess now the written Word of God, translated into all the vernaculars of the world; and those who read and mark and learn and inwardly digest God’s Holy Word are saved with His great salvation. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". And this great purpose, notwithstanding all their revolts and rebellions, was still carried on, at least in a measure, and accomplished. A sense of Divine excellance. The religious question comes before all others, it is the deepest question of all, it decides all others. “Great things.” These are words which Moses and David as well as Samuel use in speaking of God’s dealings. Intro. There is a just debt which all men to their own good name, especially men in public stations, which is, to guard it against unjust blame and suspicions, that they may finish their course with honour, as well as with joy. Israel must consider for what the Lord hath wrought all these great things for them: And this, three ways. It is only, as I conceive, upon the principles which I have enunciated that you can reconcile passages of God’s Word which would otherwise appear contradictory. I. Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. (1-3) Samuel talks about his leadership over Israel. In Creation and Providence there is never conveyed to the mind any impression of effort or sacrifice on the part of the Supreme Being. Moses had “respect to the recompense,” etc. Shall our hearts be unaffected by this kindness of our God? “Consider how great things He hath done for you.” Man can reflect on God, both on what He is in Himself and on what He does. With all your heart.] she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you — People in the East always try to produce an effect by their presents, loading on several beasts what might be easily carried by one, and bringing them forward, article by article, in succession. A.). For consider how great things, &c.] Mercy calleth for duty: deliverance commandeth obedience. New York. Without dissimulation. 1832. The opening chapters of 1 Samuel provide background for the institution of Israel’s monarchy. For none can reverence the contemptible or the small. The duties urged. Eben-ezer — That is, the stone of help. 1 Samuel 12:24. There are two other motives for serving God besides this one. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 12:24". 1. Abused mercies will bring a fearful weight of judgment upon us (J. Proceed in practical life to perform the duty that presents itself in the fear of God, live from day to day keeping close to conscience, and the Spirit shall teach you the true thing and the right way. David bases his allegiance to Saul on religious grounds. The book also marks the transition from priests to prophets as the central figure of God's dealing with Israel. Biblical Commentary 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The book of First Samuel ends with the death of King Saul and his three sons (1 Samuel 31). II. I. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. 17-25. Watkinson.). 1 Samuel 12:24. After a narrative on the Hannah’s unlikely pregnancy (1 Samuel 1) and her accompanying prayer (1 Samuel 2), 1 Samuel 3 describes the call narrative for the Israelite leader. Only fear the Lord - Know, respect, and reverence him. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-samuel-12.html. 3. 3. 1. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". So with these sayings, they have a very definite and immense significance, they are blazing ubiquities, and they will throw a precious light on all the questions and interests and duties of life, as the pillar of fire lit up every stick and stone of the wilderness. It will deter us from sin; it will cheer and encourage us in the path of duty--that path which leads us unto everlasting life. 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