January 2018

The Word: Episode 0345 2 Thess 2:1-10

“They Cried Out…”

January 18, 2018

“They Cried Out…”

Blessings folk!

Samuel called the people to “take your stand”…be still…and listen.

He then gave a succinct review of what the Lord had done for them…and their reaction.

1Sa 12:6-12

Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the LORD who appointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt.

“So now, take your stand, that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous acts of the LORD which He did for you and your fathers.

“When Jacob went into Egypt and your fathers cried out to the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place.

“But they forgot the LORD their God, so He sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.

“They cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned because we have forsaken the LORD and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.’

“Then the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Bedan and Jephthah and Samuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around, so that you lived in security.

“When you saw that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ although the LORD your God was your king.

The Lord had:

  • Appointed Moses and Aaron to bring them up…rescue…them from Egypt
  • Done righteous acts
  • Settled them in the land
  • Sold them into the hand of Sisera, Philistines, Moab (due to their rebellion)
  • Delivered them via judges…so that they lived securely
  • Been their King.

What had the people done?:
  • Cried out to the Lord
  • Forgot the Lord their God
  • Cried out to the Lord
  • Acknowledged their sin
  • Demanded a king to reign over them
  • Rejected the Lord their God as King

Sound familiar?

It is the pattern of many who profess to be of the faith.
Profess belief…
Live like they want…
Suffer consequences…
Cry out to God…
Profess belief…
Live like they want…

True repentance/confession will bring forth a change in life.

Do not be as Israel was…is…


The Word: Episode 0344 2 Thess 2:1-6

“The Lord Is Witness”

January 17, 2018

“The Lord Is Witness”

Blessings folk!

Saul was now king.
The people had what they wanted.

Now, Samuel was going to recount some things to the people.
But first, he wanted the people to consider how he had lived before them.

1Sa 12:1-7
Samuel said to all Israel,
“I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you.

Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day.

Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the LORD and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right.”

“You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied.
“You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.”

Samuel said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” “He is witness,” they said.

Then Samuel said to the people,
“It is the LORD who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your ancestors up out of Egypt.

Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the LORD as to all the righteous acts performed by the LORD for you and your ancestors.

Samuel was at the end of his life, old and grey.

He gave the people opportunity to testify against him.
Was there any way that he had harmed any of them?
If so, he would make it right.

The people declared that he had not cheated nor oppressed them.
He had not taken anything from them.

Therefore, Samuel would now confront (interesting word) them with evidence before the Lord as to the righteous acts the Lord had done for them and their ancestors.

We will continue later.

For today, may we live before one another as Samuel did.


The Word: Episode 0343 2 Thess 2:1-5


January 16, 2018


Blessings folk!

Saul was victorious in his first military excursion.
He defeated the Ammonites.

What was the response of the people?

1Sa 11:12
The people then said to Samuel, “Who was it that asked, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’
Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death.”

Remember how there were people who were questioning whether Saul could rule?

Now, people were wanting to bring the doubters to death.

Saul had proven himself.
Now, they wanted to eradicate the doubters.

Saul’s response?

1Sa 11:13
But Saul said, “No one will be put to death today, for this day the LORD has rescued Israel.”

Saul refused the adulation.
Saul refused the vindication of man.
He knew that it was the Lord that had rescued Israel.
No one would are put to death today…that day.

The doubters were on notice.

Read what Samuel led the people to do…

1Sa 11:14-15
Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.”

So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the LORD.
There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the LORD,
and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.

The people renewed the kingship.
Note “all” the people.
All went to Gilgal.
All made Saul king in the presence of the Lord.
All sacrificed fellowship offerings before the Lord.
All and Saul held a great celebration.

They were one.

This would soon pass.

We as the Body of Christ, by definition, are One.
Those that are truly saved.
Those that have truly repented, confessed and called upon the name of the Lord.

There are many of the organizational church that are not saved.
They are not a part of the true organism of the Body of Christ.
Sadly, they are a major portion.

Where do you fall?


The Word: Episode 0342 1 Thess 2:1-2

“Mighty Anger”

January 15, 2018

“Mighty Anger”

Blessings folk!

Are you ready?
This is a gory account.

Two major things to see.

  1. The Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily. Saul became mightily/righteously angry
  2. The dread of the Lord came upon the people. They responded as one.

Now, read the account…

1Sa 11:1-11

Now Nahash the Ammonite came up and besieged Jabesh-gilead;
and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us and we will serve you.”

But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “I will make it with you on this condition, that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make it a reproach on all Israel.”

The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Let us alone for seven days, that we may send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to deliver us, we will come out to you.”

Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the people lifted up their voices and wept.

Now behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen, and he said,
“What is the matter with the people that they weep?”
So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh.

Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words,
and he became very angry.

He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” Then the dread of the LORD fell on the people,
and they came out as one man.

He numbered them in Bezek; and the sons of Israel were 300,000,
and the men of Judah 30,000.

They said to the messengers who had come, “Thus you shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will have deliverance.’” So the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.

Then the men of Jabesh said “Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you.”

The next morning Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp at the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

May we respond in like manner to the Word of the Lord…


The Word: Episode 0341 2 Thess 1:6-12

“Valiant or Worthless?”

January 14, 2018

“Valiant or Worthless?”

Blessings folk!

Samuel presented Saul as king to Israel.

The people responded “long live the king.”

They had what they wanted.
They had a king.
They had rejected God to attain the king.
They did not care.

Now, we continue the narrative…

1Sa 10:25-27

Then Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote them in the book and placed it before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his house.

Saul also went to his house at Gibeah;
and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him.

But certain worthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?”
And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.

Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom.
The rules.
The regulations.
He told them and wrote them down in a book.
He then placed the book before the Lord.

Samuel had done what the Lord told him to do.

Saul went home. Yet, trouble was already brewing.
Sides were being taken.

Certain worthless men (we see that phrase in several places in Scripture) questioned how Saul, “this one”, could deliver them.
They despised Saul.
They did not present themselves before him.

Saul knew this, and kept silent.

The other side were valiant men.
Men that went home with Saul.
Men whose hearts had been touched by God.

Which are you?


The Word: Episode 0340 2 Thess 1:1-5

“You Have Today Rejected Your God”

January 13, 2018

“You Have Today Rejected Your God”

Blessings folk!

Saul had prophesied.
He now went to the high place, as Samuel had said.

Read what happens next…

1Sa 10:14-24

Now Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?”
And he said, “To look for the donkeys.
When we saw that they could not be found, we went to Samuel.”

Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.”

So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.”
But he did not tell him about the matter of the kingdom which Samuel had mentioned.

Thereafter Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah;

and he said to the sons of Israel, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
‘I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’

“But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have said, ‘No, but set a king over us!’
Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans.”

Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.

Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found.

Therefore they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?”
So the LORD said, “Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.”

So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people,
he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward.

Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”

Saul’s uncle wanted to know what happened.
Saul told him.
Not all.
Perhaps Saul was being judicious by not making mention of the Kingdom matter.
Probably so.

Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah.

Note what the Lord said…

  • I brought Israel up from Egypt
  • I delivered you from the Egyptians
  • I delivered you from the power of the kingdoms that oppressed you
  • I delivered you from calamities and distresses
  • But, you today have rejected me by wanting a king
  • You have said “no” to Me
  • So, present yourselves by tribes and clans

They chose by lot.

Saul was chosen by lot.
A confirmation to Saul.

Where was Saul?

They had to seek the Lord to find him.
“He is hiding himself by the baggage”.

An auspicious start for a king.

Of course when the people saw him…
When they saw he was a head taller than all…
When Samuel said “there is no one like him”…
They shouted “long live the king”.

An “in-your-face” rejection of the Most High.

Many are the ways to reject the Lord.
Let us be careful to not do so.


The Word: Episode 0339 1 Thess 5:19-28

“Changed! That Day!”

January 12, 2018

“Changed! That Day!”

Blessings folk!

We saw yesterday where the Lord spoke through the prophet Samuel and told Saul all that was about to occur.

A major point was that he would be changed into a new man.

The next verse says…

1Sa 10:9

Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart;
and all those signs came about on that day.

The Lord changed Saul’s heart.
This is the only way for a heart to be changed, the Lord doing it.

Why did God do so?
Because He chose to.

God was giving His people a king.
A king they requested.
The king would have the heart of God.

Now, would the king appropriate that heart?

We are also told that all the signs that we saw
yesterday came about on that day.
So all that Samuel said to him occurred that day.

1Sa 10:10-13

When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him;
and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them.

It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, “What has happened to the son of Kish?
Is Saul also among the prophets?”

A man there said, “Now, who is their father?”
Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.

A group of prophets met Saul.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily.
Saul prophesied.
He spoke forth the Word of the Lord.

The Lord can change our hearts.
The Lord can do whatever He wants with man.

May we seek and desire to receive what He has for us.

1Co 14:5

Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy;
and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets,
so that the church may receive edifying.


The Word: Episode 0338 1 Thess 5:16-18

“Changed Into Another Man”

January 11, 2018

“Changed Into Another Man”

Blessings Folk!

The narrative of Samuel/Saul/(and soon David) continues.

Give close heed to the detail.

Note what Samuel does to Saul.
Note what Samuel says to Saul.
Note why.
What was God doing?

1Sa 10:1-8

Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said,
“Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?

“When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your father has ceased to be concerned about the donkeys and is anxious for you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’

“Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a jug of wine;

and they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from their hand.

“Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them,
and they will be prophesying.

“Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily,
and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.

“It shall be when these signs come to you,
do for yourself what the occasion requires,
for God is with you.

“And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold,
I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings.
You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you should do.”

Samuel anointed Saul with oil.
Samuel kissed him.
Samuel told Saul that the Lord had anointed him as ruler.

Then, Samuel tells Saul what was going to happen the next few hours/days.
Prophetic explanation given to verify the Word that Saul was anointed a ruler.

Two men by Rachel’s tomb - donkeys found, father concerned.

Three men going up to God at Bethel…very specific details as to what they had.
They will greet and gift you.
Saul was to accept.

Then, a group of prophets…a bunch of musicians!!

The Spirit of the Lord would come upon Saul mightily.
He was told in advance!
He would prophesy.
He would be changed into another man!

These were signs.
Signs that what Samuel said was true.
When these signs came, Saul was to do what the occasion required.
Because God is with you.

Saul was then to go to Gilgal and await Samuel.
Wait seven days.
Samuel would then come and show him what to do.

The Lord will do likewise…and even more…for us.
We as believers have Him in us.

Give heed.


The Word: Episode 0337 1 Thess 5:12-15

"The Lord Revealed"

January 10, 2018

“The Lord Revealed…”

Blessings folk!

We continue with the Samuel/Saul narrative.
I remember.
We began with a desire to look at David.
But, it is extremely important to understand the context of the times.

Give close attention to how the Lord speaks/reveals His desires…

1Sa 9:15-27

Now a day before Saul’s coming, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel saying,

“About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me.”

When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him,
“Behold, the man of whom I spoke to you! This one shall rule over My people.”

Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, “Please tell me where the seer’s house is.”

Samuel answered Saul and said, “I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place,
for you shall eat with me today; and in the morning I will let you go,
and will tell you all that is on your mind.

“As for your donkeys which were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father’s household?”

Saul replied, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?”

Then Samuel took Saul and his servant and brought them into the hall and gave them a place at the head of those who were invited, who were about thirty men.

Samuel said to the cook,
“Bring the portion that I gave you, concerning which I said to you, ‘Set it aside.’”

Then the cook took up the leg with what was on it and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, “Here is what has been reserved! Set it before you and eat, because it has been kept for you until the appointed time, since I said I have invited the people.”
So Saul ate with Samuel that day.

When they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.

And they arose early; and at daybreak Samuel called to Saul on the roof, saying,“Get up, that I may send you away.” So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.

As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul,
“Say to the servant that he might go ahead of us and pass on, but you remain standing now, that I may proclaim the word of God to you.”

The Lord revealed to Samuel that a man of Benjamin was coming.
Samuel was to anoint him as prince over Israel.
This man would be:

  • prince over God’s people Israel
  • deliver His people from the Philistines

Why was God doing this?
  • He regarded His people
  • He heard the cry of HIs people

The Lord spoke to Samuel when he saw Saul.

Samuel then starts the process of revealing the truth to Saul.
A prophetic word of the well-being of the donkeys.
A meal together.
A prophetic portion of food…reserved for this time.
A time of conversation on the roof.
A sending away.
But, as Saul was leaving…a proclamation of the Word of God.

Which we will see tomorrow.

Be not impatient with the timing of the working of the Lord.
You may feel that you chasing donkeys, but God is working.
You may feel that you are alone for a strange ride…imagine Saul’s thoughts as all this was happening…remember, he said “I’m just a Benjamite…”

Hang on to the Lord!


The Word: Episode 0336 1 Thess 5:1-8

“Donkey Search”

January 9, 2018

“Donkey Search”

Blessings folk!

Now, let us look at the narrative of Samuel and Saul…

1Sa 9:3-14

Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, “Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys.”

He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them.

When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, and let us return, or else my father will cease to be concerned about the donkeys and will become anxious for us.”

He said to him, “Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out.”

Then Saul said to his servant, “But behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man?
For the bread is gone from our sack and there is no present to bring to the man of God.
What do we have?”

The servant answered Saul again and said, “Behold, I have in my hand a fourth of a shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God and he will tell us our way.”

(Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he used to say, “Come, and let us go to the seer”; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.)

Then Saul said to his servant, “Well said; come, let us go.”
So they went to the city where the man of God was.

As they went up the slope to the city,
they found young women going out to draw water and said to them, “Is the seer here?”

They answered them and said, “He is; see, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come into the city today, for the people have a sacrifice on the high place today.

“As soon as you enter the city you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now therefore, go up for you will find him at once.”

So they went up to the city. As they came into the city, behold, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the high place.

Saul was sent to find some lost donkeys.
Hummm…sound like a task for servants?

They went on a “wild-goose-chase”.

Finally, one of the servants said “let’s check with the man of God”.


Sounds like us, no?

Why do we not “check with God” at the beginning?”

The servant offered his money as an offering.

So they went.

Little did Saul know…
He was looking for lost donkeys.
He was about to find his destiny.

The same occurs with us.
Do not fear the bland and mundane.
Press on in the day-to-day.
We never know what is to occur next…


The Word: Episode 0335 1 Thess 4:13-18

“Kish: A Mighty Man of Valor”

January 8, 2018

“Kish: A Mighty Man of Valor”

Blessings folk!

Samuel had heard from the Lord.

A king was to be appointed.

Samuel sent all the men to their cities.

The Lord had chosen a king.

The next two chapters tell us how it happened.

For today, read the first few verses.
Note the detail.
Genealogy is important.

Note how Saul is described.

1Sa 9:1-2

Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.

He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, 
and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel;
from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.

Kish was Saul’s father
He was a mighty man of valor.
He was a man of Benjamin.

Saul was Kish’s son.
He was choice.
He was handsome.
There were none more handsome than he in all of Israel.
He was a head taller than all other.

An interesting way to begin an account, no?

We will see the relevance later.

For now, Kish was a mighty man of valor.
Saul was pretty.

Man always looks upon the external…


The Word: Episode 0334 1 Thess 4:9-12

“They Refused…”

January 7, 2018

“They Refused…”

Blessings folk!

The people demanded a king be appointed by Samuel.

Samuel takes it to the Lord.

The Lord tells Samuel to warn the people what a king would do.

Samuel did.

The people’s response?

1Sa 8:19-22

Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said,
“No, but there shall be a king over us,

that we also may be like all the nations,
that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people,
he repeated them in the LORD’S hearing.

The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and appoint them a king.”
So Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”

They refused to listen to Samuel, thereby, refusing to listen to God.

They doubled-down.
“There shall be a king over us…!”

This was not mistake.
They did not misunderstand.
The were boldly rejecting God.


So that they could be like other nations…really, how were the nations doing?
So that the king may judge over them…rather than God.
So that the king could go out before them and fight their fights…kings do not fight, they send.

Samuel repeated their words to God.

God’s response?

“Listen to their voice.”
“Appoint a king.”

We are the same way.
We insist on doing things our way, rather than God’s.
Sadly, we do so in the name of the Lord.

Time to stop.


The Word: Episode 0333, 1 Thess 4:1-8

“Procedure of the King”

January 6, 2018

“Procedure of the King”

Blessings folk!

The people had demanded of Samuel a king for themselves.

This displeased Samuel, yet, God to told Samuel to appoint a king.
The Lord was rejected by the people.

The Lord told Samuel to tell the people what the king would do.
He did.

1Sa 8:9-18
“Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”

So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who had asked of him a king.

He said, “This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen
and they will run before his chariots.

“He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties,
and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.

“He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers.

“He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves
and give them to his servants.

“He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards
and give to his officers and to his servants.

“He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work.

“He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.

“Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

As good a synopsis of the government of man as to be found anywhere.

The procedure of the king will to:

  • reign over you
  • take your sons
  • place your sons in chariots, horsemen
  • appoint for himself commanders
  • appoint for himself workers of the field
  • appoint for himself makers of weapons
  • take your daughters
  • take the best of your fields, vineyards, olive groves and give them to his servants
  • take your best male/female servants and best young men and your donkeys for his work
  • take a tenth of your flocks
  • make you his servants

Regardless of the “form” of man-made, man-centered government, this is what occurs.
Kings arise.

The procedure of the king is not what the Lord wanted.
It is what people wanted/want.

The same occurs today.

Note that in the end they cry out to the Lord because of the king.
The king they had chosen for themselves.
The Lord did not/will not answer in that day.

Seek not the “king among the people”.
Seek the King of kings.


The Word: Episode 0332 1 Thess 3:8-13

“We Want A King,,,”

January 5, 2018

“We Want A King,,,”

Blessings folk!

As per a request, we will spend more time looking at David. (We will return to Mark&hellipWinking

The context must be set.


1Sa 8:1-9

And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel.

Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah;
they were judging in Beersheba.

His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah;

and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.”

But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said,
“Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD.

The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

“Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—
so they are doing to you also.

“Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”

Samuel had judged (led) Israel.
He was now old.
He appointed his sons over Israel.

Notice that Samuel did this.

These appointments displeased the elders of Israel.

Because Samuel’s sons…

  • did not walk in the ways of Samuel or of the Lord
  • turned aside after dishonest gain
  • took bribes
  • perverted justice

The people demanded that Samuel appoint a king over them.

This displeased Samuel.
He went before the Lord.
The Lord told Samuel to do it.
The people were not rejecting Samuel…gives us some insight into his heart…but the people were rejecting the Lord.
They continued to forsake the Lord.
They continued to serve other Gods.

It was not the Lord’s desire for the people to have a king from among themselves.
He was their King.

What led to this?

The sons were sinners.
The people forsook God and pursued idols.
They did not consult God.

Other portions of the Word tell us that they wanted a king because other nations had one.

God told Samuel to warn them about what they would get.
He did.
They still wanted a king.

Give close heed to these truths.
The same occurs today.

Many appointed do not walk in the ways of the Lord, turn aside to dishonest gain, take bribes and pervert justice.

The people of the Lord go their own way and do not seek the counsel of the Lord.
They do not walk in His ways.

May we not be counted among them.


The Word: Episode 0331 1 Thess 3:1-8

“Your Kingdom Will Not Endure…”

January 4, 2018

“Your Kingdom Will Not Endure…”

Blessings folk!

A little more of the side-bar…

The people coming to David were tired.

Tired of servicing a king and royal structure that the Lord had rejected.

1Sa 13:13-14
“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.

But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”

David was that man.

These men wanted more.
They were rejecting…

  • Debt
  • Discontentment
  • Distress

They were turning to/receiving hope.

1Sa 22:1-2
So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him.

Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them.
Now there were about four hundred men with him.

David was/is a picture of Messiah to come.

We no longer put our hope in a man that represents the One to come.
We place our hope in the One that has come and will return - Jesus Christ the Messiah.

Is the Lord stirring your spirit?
Is He revealing things to you?
Are you paying attention?

The kingdoms of man will not endure.
They are collapsing before our eyes - political and religious.

The Kingdom of God endures forever.
It is growing before our eyes.

There are things here for us to glean.
May we have eyes to see.
May we have ears to hear.
May we have the mind of the Lord.
May we do as He commands and instructs.


The Word: Episode 0330 1 Thess 3:1-3

“Departed From There/Escaped to the Cave”

January 3, 2018

“Departed From There/Escaped to the Cave”

Blessings folk!

A short side-bar from our examination of Mark.

A thought that continually runs through my mind.

So many people are experiencing this.

I think the Lord is stirring.

What do you think?

1Sa 22:1-2

So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam;
and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him.

Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them.
Now there were about four hundred men with him.

We have looked at this passage several times in the past, but something struck me this morning I had not seen before.

David had to depart from there.
He had to leave from under Saul and all the benefits and threats of the King’s surroundings.

David left.
He ultimately escaped to the cave.

From the surrounding of man-made splendor to the surrounding of natural stone.

He left comfort.
He left his life.
He left family and friend.
He stepped out to preserve his life.

There are times when we must do likewise.

But, note what happened.

When his brothers and father’s household heard, they went to him.

Note their situation.
They were in distress.
They were in debt.
They were discontented.

This is more than just immediate family - there were four hundred men.
These were those who saw that the hand of the Lord was not upon Saul.
These were ones who saw that “doing-the-same-ole-same-ole-in-the-name-of-the-Lord” would accomplish little.

These were going with the man of God.
These were going with the calling of God.

Such is occurring today.

Fear not if the Lord leads you to depart.
Fear not if their is a stirring in your spirit to follow Him and seek Him beyond anything you have done in the past.
Fear not if you have no clue as to what is next.

The Lord will provide…
A cave.
A fellowship.
His freedom.



The Word: Episode 0329 1 Thess. 2:16-20

“Fled Naked”

January 2, 2017

“Fled Naked”

Blessings folk!

Jesus was being arrested.
It was intense.

Peter had cut the ear off of a servant of the High Priest.
Jesus healed the servant.

Jesus asks why they sought to arrest Him in this manner when He was in the Temple daily?
Jesus then says it is to fulfill prophecy.

The disciples flee at that Word.
They had said they would never forsake nor deny Jesus, yet now they all run.

How quickly did they flee?


Mar 14:51-52
And there followed him a certain young man,
having a linen cloth cast about his naked body;
and the young men laid hold on him.

And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

A certain young man, likely not one of the disciples, was following Jesus.
He was also seized.
He literally ran out of this clothes.
A streaker. Happy
An original “tear-away” outfit. Happy

He fled naked.

It is generally agreed that the “certain young man” was Mark himself, the author of this letter.
Maybe not.

Regardless, know this.
It was an intense, difficult time.
The disciples thought they were prepared.
They thought they were ready.

Jesus tells us to be ready…Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, Luke 21.
Are you?

Extremely difficult times are just ahead.


The Word: Episode 0328 1 Thess 2: 13-16

“Know the Word”

January 1, 2018

“Know the Word”

Blessings folk!

“There’s an app for that!”

A very common phrase that has entered the speech pattern of our society.

The word that I bring to you today is this.

Be a person of your word.
Be a person of The Word.

The only way to be a person of your word is to live according to The Word.

We must know the Word.

Take in the Word.

Read it.
Listen to it.
Study it.
Meditate upon it.

Determine today to spend time with the Lord through His Word.

Here are some resources for reading/listening.
Be proactive.
Listen while you drive, work, do chores, etc.
Get/use these apps!

The Lord will speak to you.

http://www.readscripture.org/ (Definitely get this app)

Pro 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.