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1 Samuel – Introduction

on Jul 31, 2016 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

Introduction to 1 Samuel By Ivan Ho It was in April 2016 that I began my journey to study the book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament Bible. Although it isn‘t the first time I read this book, it is the first time I study 1 Samuel systematically during my regular time of devotion with the Lord. As I begin to write down the thoughts that came to me during my bible study, I am truely amazed what a powerful book it is which helps us understand how God raises up individuals, namely, prophet Samuel and king David, to govern the nation of Israel and to adminster God‘s kingdom plans and purposes for the nation.            

David vs Saul

on Jun 1, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

David vs Saul Notes on 1 Samuel by Ivan Ho 1 June 2016   Both David and Saul had been called and anointed by God to be king of Israel. Both had the same spiritual father in Samuel. But the two had contrasting outcomes in their lives: David followed after God’s heart. Saul followed his own heart. During times when God was silent, David’s soul continued to long after Him. During times when God was silent, Saul panicked and acted foolishly. When faced with pressures from the enemy and confronting death situations, David continued to walk through the circumstances with God. When faced with pressures from the enemy and confronting death situations, Saul compromised God’s commands and was led by the circumstances and his own flesh. David was always led by the Spirit of God. Saul was initially given the same leading by the Spirit of God, but followed after familiar...

The rise of Saul

on May 29, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

  The rise of Saul Notes on I Samuel by Ivan Ho   29 May 2016   Saul was one of the saddest stories in the Bible. A man who had been anointed by God, called by God as commander of His people, touched by God, empowered by the Spirit of God, used by God to prophesy publicly….. then lost his God given position due to his carelessness and disobedience. Let’s recall how God had special grace for Saul who had a great start to his ministry before his fall. He was a tall and most handsome man in all of Israel and son of a mighty man of power. (1 Sam 9:1-2) God changed his destiny. While Saul was looking for his father’s donkey, he was reminded about a man of God, Samuel, who changed his destiny entirely by delivering to him the word of God. (1 Sam 9:3-27) God had a special grace and plan for him and spoke to him his destiny through the prophet Samuel. (1 Sam 9:25-27) Saul was...

I Samuel 12

on May 27, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

I Samuel 12 Notes by Ivan Ho   27 May 2016   1 Samuel 12 In this chapter, Samuel who was now an old man, poured out his heart to the people whom he had served since he was young. He was not just a preacher of sermons but a national leader who connected people to his God. There are a number of things one can learn from his life and his ways of leadership (his life rather than just leadership skills). He listened to the heart cry of the people. Now Samuel said to all Israel: “Indeed I have heeded your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you.” I Samuel 12:1 NKJV   He heeded the voice of people in demanding for a king, and responded by taking up this matter with the Lord. He was not a dictatorial leader who only knew how to impose his ways on the people whom he served. His communication with the people wasn’t a one way monologue. The...

I Samuel 10

on May 12, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

I Samuel 10 Notes by Ivan Ho   12 May 2016   I Samuel 10:1  Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “ Is it not because the Lord has anointed (rub with oil, consecrate) you commander over His inheritance? (an estate, portion, possession) I Samuel 10:1 NKJV   There are 4 persons involved in this leadership ordination: 1.The Lord, 2.Samuel the prophet, 3.Saul the commander and 4. the Lord‘s inheritance, His people. Ultimately, the authority given to Saul did not come from the people, nor did it come from Samuel, but it came directly from the Lord Himself. But without Samuel who heard from the Lord and faithfully carried out His instructions, Saul wouldn‘t have been recognised and anointed as commander, and His people would be without a leader of God‘s choice and blessings. Saul was chosen to serve the people who was God‘s inheritance...

I Samuel 9

on May 10, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

I Samuel 9 Notes by Ivan Ho  10 May 2016 I Samuel 9:15-17  Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came, saying, “Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel, that he may save My people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to Me.” So when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall reign over My people.” I Samuel 9:15-17   Have you ever been in a situation when God revealed to you things about someone even before you met that person? Have you walked into a place and met someone for the first time and the Holy Spirit impressed upon your heart: “That’s the one!” ? This was what happened to Samuel before Saul, whom he had never met before, came to...

I Samuel 8

on May 9, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

I Samuel 8 Notes by Ivan Ho   9 May 2016 The people of Israel demanded a king, and God granted them their wish. God knew what was in the heart of the people who deep inside, in demanding a king, had really rejected God Himself and looked for someone whom they could see physically to rule over them. At that time, they were not going through any crisis. In fact, they had been enjoying a period of peace and prosperity with all the enemies around them being subdued. Seeing that Samuel was getting old and his sons did not walk in the ways of their father, however, the people started to consider their future. The people of Israel demanded a king because all the nations around them had a king. They tried to follow the pattern of the world around them. Despite all that, God gave them a king with His blessing to rule over them, but at the same time warned them in advance all the difficulties...