Speak, Lord!

1 Samuel 3.9

1 Samuel 3 (NKJV)

Samuel’s First Prophecy

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”

And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.

Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”

So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.”

Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

11 Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. 14 And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

15 So Samuel lay down until morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son!”

He answered, “Here I am.”

17 And he said, “What is the word that the Lord spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that He said to you.” 18 Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him.”

19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

Psalm 94.19

 

 

Psalm 119.105

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the high priest

Hebrews 5.1

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
Hebrews 5:1-4

We continue in the Book of Hebrews to know that Jesus is the Superior One. Superior to angels, prophets, Moses, and now the priesthood of the Old Testament including Aaron, the high priest. Can  you imagine what shock and righteous indignation some of the Jews was experiencing that Jesus would be declared to be greater than Moses, Aaron and the Old Covenant? First, Moses and now you want us to believe that Jesus is greater than the Levitical Priesthood and Aaron?

In the Old Testament, it was the role of the high priest to represent God before man and man before God. For many of the Jews Hebrews 4:14, Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession” needed a little more explanation.

As I have stated before, I am no theologian or Christian apologetist but I have read that the Levitical priesthood had 24 different ranks of priests. The writer of Hebrews will use Hebrews 5:1 through 10:39 to give that explanation so the Jews [and us] will receive the Truth of Jesus being the Holy, Righteous, Pure and Prefect Mediator between God and man. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5-6a).”

The Holy Spirit begins with helping us to understand that the Old Testament priest were men who although chosen and called by God were sinners in need of mediation themselves.  The priests had to make sacrifice for their own sin before they could offer sacrifices on the behalf of the people.

I believe these Scriptures to be so very important for us…we take so much for granted including the access we enjoy to God. Just pause and give it thought…just suppose you were not able to call out to the Father right now and have the blessed assurance that He heard your cry, that you had to take your cause to another man who would take it to the Lord for you after he makes sacrtifice for his own sin…how alarming that would be!

Our access to the Father was paid for by the blood of Jesus and may the Lord forgive us for taking His amazing grace and gift for granted, for not spending time to meditate upon the perfect sacrifice given by our Loving High Priest, for not bowing before the Living God with a heart overflowing with love and thanks, for choosing gods of our own making instead of the One True and Living God who has chosen us and paid our sin debt so we could enter in the Presence of the Holy God!

Isn’t it amazing grace that Jesus would be both the sacrifice and the Mediator!?! Oh, what a Savior!

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A High Priesthood

Hebrews 5

We are moving forward in the Book of Hebrews and I pray you will join me in reading Hebrews 5. I am asking the LORD to open His Word to our hearts  and our hearts to His Word. Thank you for joining me!

Qualifications for High Priesthood

For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.

A Priest Forever

So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:

“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”

As He also says in another place:

“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Spiritual Immaturity

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

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The Precious Word of God! Thank You, Jesus!
May you be blessed today!

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Hope for today: help comes from the Lord

Hope

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

 

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Be diligent

Hebrews 4.11
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:11-12

The writer once again gives instruction with a warning…be diligent: pay close attention to entering the rest of the Lord…take earnest heed and drift not away.

Pay attention to the Word of God, believe it and enter into the rest of the Lord by faith.

This is one of those, “don’t get it confused” warnings. The Lord warns that His Word has the power to penetrate the heart of man. The Word will let us know if we are people of faith. Why pay attention to the Word? Because “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).” This is why 2 Corinthians 13:5 warns us, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”

The test is administered by the Spirit of God according to the Word of God. The Word reveals sin and unbelief. The Psalmists cried out to the Lord:

Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

The following verses from Matthew’s Gospel comes to my mind and heart:

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23

Every man breathing has reason to be diligent to enter the rest of the Lord as He hears, applies, and obeys the Word of God. Trust in not automatic. It must be properly fed, cared for, and lived out. Let us not neglect our salvation, our Savior, His Word or His Spirit.

Psalm 139.23-24

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Hope for today: the blessed man

Hope

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3

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Hope for today: Worthy is the Lord

Hope“Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11

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the promise still stands

Exodus 33.14

“Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened…. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.” Hebrews 4:1-2,9-10


The writer of Hebrews teaches us in regards to rest. I googled the word, “rest” and here is the definition that touches the many aspects of rest as pertinent to our discussion:

  1. a bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities

  2. freedom from activity or labor, a state of motionlessness or inactivity

  3. repose of death

  4. a place for resting or lodging

  5. peace of mind or spirit

  6. free of anxieties

We can look at the above definitions through the Word and Spirit and realize that there is spiritual meaning. So let me ask you, are you in need of rest? When you look at the definition, what is your need? Are you so busy that a ceasing of activity would just be a flat out blessing, no questions ask? Is the thought of dying just more than you can stand? You know, I don’t want to talk about it and you certainly cannot attend a funeral? Perhaps you are suffering from anxiety, the weight of the world is resting on you? What in the world is happening, we are certainly spiraling downward, when will it ever stop? Is life just overwhelming and it feels like your circumstances are just hopeless? Are there hidden tears and silent fears? Are you saying to yourself, peace, I just need peace, I need for my mind to just shut down, it is beating me to death?

The good news is: God has the answer. He assures us in Hebrews 4:1, “the promise of entering His rest still stands.” It doesn’t matter what type rest you are in need of…whether it is the rest from the fear of death, rest from the toils of this world, rest for your mind and soul, even rest from fear. God has the answer and it is in Him alone. In fact, in these Scriptures the Lord us to fear is not entering His rest (verse 1, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.

How do we enter His rest irregardless of the need, whether  it is salvation, peace, strength, joy, etc.? It is entered into by faith and faith alone.

“But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The rest of salvation which brings with it the rest from the rest. 🙂 Verse 12, “bestowing His riches on all who call on Him.”

Hebrews 11.1

 

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entering His rest

Hebrews 4

“…since a promise remains of entering His rest…”
Hebrews 4

Blessings today! We are moving forward in the Book of Hebrews and I pray you will join me in reading Hebrews 4. I am asking the LORD to open His Word to our hearts  and our hearts to His Word. I can on speak for one person and that is myself but I would not be an instrument of God’s glory if I did not share the great joy and peace I have in knowing that He is the Sovereign and that there is rest in Him. In the midst of the turmoil and chaos of this world, rest is available. I give testimony of His goodness and faithfulness to allow my soul to find rest in Him alone.

May Hebrews 4 be a blessings to your soul and we will begin to discuss on tomorrow.

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

“So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest,’”

although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

The Word Discovers Our Condition

11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Our Compassionate High Priest

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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Wisdom Wednesday

Hebrews 3.14

We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our
original conviction firmly to the very end.
Hebrews 3:14

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! I am so blessed, thankful, joyous that the confidence of the true believer is in Jesus Christ! Yesterday, we talked about encouraging others…today, I pray who will be encouraged as we read the Scriptures and images regarding “confidence.”

2 Timothy 1.12
Confidence 1
Confidence 2
Confidence 2
Confidence 20
Confidence 3
Confidence 7
Confidence 4
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Confidence 5
Confidence 22
Confidence 6
Confidence 14
Confidence 7
Confidence 9
Confidence 8
Confidence 4
Confidence 9
Confidence 8
Confidence 10
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Confidence 11
Confidence 1
Confidence 12
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Confidence 13
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Jeremiah 17.7

What a Wonderful God and Savior, He is! Amazing love, grace, and mercy!
Hallelujah to the Lord Most High!

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