Philistine Pholly

1 Samuel 6:4-8
(4) Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your lords.
(5) Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.
(6) Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?

False Gods and Emerods

1 Samuel 5:1-12
(1) And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.
(2) When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.
(3) And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.


(1 Samuel 4:3) And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies. 

A Train Wreck

1 Samuel 3:11-14
(11) And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
(12) In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
(13) For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

Barren to Bearin'

(1 Samuel 2:30) Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

This second chapter sets forth an amazing juxtaposition: a faithful mother who lent unto the LORD (1SAM 1:27-28) against a less-than-faithful father whose sons stole from the LORD (1SAM 2:12-17) and who honoured his sons above the LORD (v.29). True to her vow that she would dedicate her child to God's service (1SAM 1:11), Hannah deferred not to pay (ECC 5:4-5) and so honoured God.

Submission and Resistance


Basic Bible Interpretation (Part 2)

Basic Bible Interpretation (Part 1)

I.          NEH 8:7-8, 12 sets forth the basic principles of Bible interpretation.
            A.        The method the Levites employed caused the people to understand the law.

Nehemiah: Lessons In Building (Part 8)

Nehemiah 8 
vs.1-12.  The people here attended to the reading and exposition of the law of Moses.