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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.            

The fall of Saul

on Sep 4, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

The fall of Saul Note on I Samuel by Ivan Ho 4 Sept 2016   I Samuel 10:6-8 NKJV Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you. You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.” (Samuel’s prophecy to Saul) The first part of the prophecy was about what God would do to Samuel. God fulfilled the prophecy exactly as He said. God always does what He says He will do.   I Samuel 10:9-11 NKJV So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. When they came there to...

I Samuel 17

on Jul 30, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

I Samuel 17 Notes by Ivan Ho   30 July 2016 1 Samuel 16 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you...

I Samuel 11

on Jul 26, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

I Samuel 11 Notes by Ivan Ho   26 July 2020 I Samuel 10 Soon after Saul was made king of Israel, Nahash (meaning “serpent”) king of the Ammonites, who were the descendants of Lot, came and encamped around the Israelites. Nahash was a type of the devil coming to bring destruction to the people of God. Unfortunately, some people in the Israelis camp, when confronted by the enemy from outside, compromised and sought for a peaceful treaty with them, offering to bow and serve them. Wasn’t this a picture of the compromising church who, in face of the presence of demonic powers threatening the cities, would rather bow to them instead of casting them out by the power of God? Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabesh Gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.” And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, “On...

I Samuel 16

on Jul 25, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

I Samuel 16 Notes by Ivan Ho   25 July 2016 I Samuel 15 We need to know who is the one God has chosen. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and...

I Samuel 15 pt 2

on Jul 23, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

Notes on I Samuel 15 – part 2 by Ivan Ho   23 July 2016 I Samuel 15 – Part 1   So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord , He also has rejected you from being king.” Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord .” But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord , and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”I Samuel 15:22-26...

I Samuel 15

on Jul 22, 2020 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

Notes on I Samuel 15 by Ivan Ho   22 Jul 2016 David vs Saul So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord , He also has rejected you from being king.”I Samuel 15:22-23 NKJV   Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord , He has also rejected you from being king.”1 Samuel 15:22-23 NASB    ...