I Samuel 5: 1—7: 17
What a great story today! God is in the business of setting people free of their fake idol worship. It is up to them to acknowledge Him as God. The Dagon worshippers take the Ark and set it before their fake god, and God’s like, “Hahahah, LOL, watch this.” The breaking of Dagon by God is followed up by a plague. These people have even heard about what God did in Egypt and say, “Don’t be stubborn like Pharaoh!” They used the cows as a divining tool. This was to prove to themselves that God was working. Without God leading them, those new mama cows would have stood there mooing for their babies. But God, ever loving and wanting people to know Him, uses these cows to show them that they have been under His judgement. Now unfortunately they love their headless, handless, sculpture more, so they exchange the Truth for their fake god.
We see the Israelites receive the Ark back pretty well. The know enough to know that only people from Levi can handle it. However, they can’t help themselves and they look in the box. Have they never seen Indian Jones and the Lost Ark? Probably not!
I love the speech Samuel gives at the start of his ministry as prophet! “If you want to return to the Lord with all your hearts, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Turn your hearts to the Lord and obey him alone; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.” The heart of this command is a universal truth of the Bible. An absolute truth that never changes. If you want a relationship with the Lord you have to set down what you love more than him and obey him alone. The way we obey him today is by believing in Jesus.
John 6: 1—21
The miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 is the only sign recorded in all four Gospels (besides Jesus’ resurrection). The people are so convinced that he is about to take over that Jesus knows they are about to force him to be king. They are right to think this. God does save his people from oppression. Just like with Egypt and just like with the Philistines. However, Jesus is setting up a kingdom that will be eternal. This is not God saving them from another bad ruler. This is God saving them from the source of all of our trouble: SIN. The cross has to happen, and people have to be given the opportunity to put their faith in the cross before the eternal kingdom is set up.
Psalm 106: 13—31
Keep reading, we will talk about it when we finish it.
Proverb 14: 32—33
I was in a
fender bender last August. I got out of
my car to see if the guy who hit me was ok, only to be met with a lunatic that
was losing his mind. Out of control does
not begin to describe it. He was so mad
the police had to detain him. Come to
find out, it was not his car, he did not have insurance, and he had a warrant out
for his arrest. So yeah, he was crushed because
this was a disaster for him.