The Closing lines of Samuel give us incredible hope in a real Savior to come that will be a perfect substitute provided by God Himself. They also show us the foundations for life that every human longs for.
Repentance & Selective Hearing (Revelation 9:13-21)
Selective hearing is a terrible curse, our will exercises it to avoid these GRACIOUS sounds. There is other loud sounds coming forth from Heaven and surrounding us every moment… do you know what it is? – Is is the SOUND of Lion of the Tribe of Judah proclaiming HE HAS CONQUERED! – it is the SPIRIT saying to the churches OUR GOD REIGNS… it is the sound of the worshiping Angels and multitudes surrounding the throne – and we the sealed can be selective in our hearing too! We also can be tuning out all these gracious and glorious sounds!
Tender and Tenacious Faith (Luke 18:15-17)
We can understand why this passage is hard when we see what was going on with the Disciples in their “Good old boy club” mentality and contrast the Tender heart of Jesus not excluding even the lowliest. Even more when we consider his righteous indignation toward any who would cause any hindrance to accessing the kingdom of God we can understand better, I think, why this passage is so hard. It strikes at our Pride! – demolishes our self-importance and it teaches us that Kingdom faith will be Tender and Tenacious!
Sola Protectio (Psalm 46:1-11)
In a special way, this Psalm encapsulates why we should still celebrate the Reformation. All 5 of the 5 sola’s of the Reformation can be found in this Psalm… and if you will indulge me – I titled this sermon Sola Protectio a 6th SOLA if you will, meaning = God is our only shelter … if he shelters then the church is safe under divine protection!
Descriptions of Satanic Woe (Revelation 9:1-12)
Nothing can stop God from perfecting and protecting us. As John describes Satan’s power we certainly see how God is always protecting His children even when the gates of Hell are unleashed – they cannot prevail against us. In the description of Satan’s minions we are reminded that the locust eat away what is precious to us, the torment of those not sealed is that their lives are vain and whatever they produce, be it ever so GREAT, is eaten up and taken away from them (
; ) – but for the believers, those who have been sealed by God, Whatever they put their hand to for the kingdom of God Prospers (Abraham; Joseph) – NOTHING is ever VAIN! God promises that we will have suffering in this life… But God will not allow OUR suffering to be pointless and lead to despair.
Blast of the Trumpet (Revelation 8:6-13)
With the first four trumpets, in each case, every trumpet blown, including the falling of wormwood/Satan God allows the destruction they bring. Why? Because He is King and He is a good King… His trumpets are not final judgment but they are Mercy in the form of a temporal judgment to lead men to repentance. Like the watchman and his trumpet in
, they warn the people of impending danger. But they are also a CALL to worship. Especially for us who have escaped the wrath to come and hear with each of their loud sounds the beaconing of the New Day!
Significance in Silence and Supplication (Revelation 8:1-5)
Tribulation and Tabernacle (Revelation 7:13-17)
Like many great soldiers we’ll carry on talking about our victories in Christ with great joy. We will raise our Ebenezers with greater zeal than we do now, and worship Christ and God for the TENT He spread for us, for Immanuel. Like in
we will say, “Behold, God is my salvation; the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” – We cannot help but tell all the earth of our salvation and give thanks to God … because he has given us the Joy of drawing water from the wells of salvation – of having the Spirit poured so freely on us that we ourselves become streams of living water!
David’s Mighty Men (2 Samuel 23:8-39)
Christ is the champion of His people – there is NO DOUBT… but Christ is also the Author and FINISHER of our faith. We are being conformed to His image … and that means gaining victories and conquering LIKE he conquered. Jesus told His disciples that they would do greater works than HE did! – Isn’t that AMAZING! – and I do not believe he was limiting that to his 12 Apostles…
Future Driving Present (Revelation 7:8-17)
After John heard the number of all the saints he looks and sees what is full of glorious heavenly blessings that contextualizes our faith and motivates our specific obedience. The point is that future glory drives our present kingdom life.