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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.            

Obedience better than sacrifice

on Apr 11, 2022 in 1 Samuel, 2022 | 0 comments

Obedience better than sacrifice by Ivan Ho 11 Apr 2022   God delights in our obedience rather than the religious things that we do. Saul tried to spiritualise his disobedience by making sacrifice to the Lord. The two attitudes of Saul that led to his downfall were Rebellion and Stubbornness. Had he repented instead of trying to justify his rebellious behaviours, God would still have accepted him as king. David also sinned and he repented, but Saul never did. Rebellion is as the sin of Witchcraft, and Stubbornness is as iniquity and Idolatry.When God tells you not to do something and you do it, that’s rebellion. When God points out your sin and instead of repentance, you insist in your ways and try to justify it, that’s stubbornness. The world celebrates tough characters who keep on persisting in their own ways no matter what others say. There is a fine line between...

Goodliness vs Godliness

on Nov 6, 2021 in 1 Samuel, 2021 | 0 comments

Goodliness vs Godliness by Ivan Ho    6 Nov 2021   And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.1 Samuel 9:2 KJV   Saul who became the first king of Israel was known to be a ‘goodly’ person. In fact, there was no one in Israel at the time more goodlier than Saul. I didn’t make the word ‘goodly’ up, it was in the Bible, and for a reason. The trouble is, as ‘goodly’ a person Saul was, he wasn’t a ‘godly’ man. History shows that Saul wasn’t godly in the way he rebelled against God’s instructions. Herein exemplifies the kind of characters whom people choose to be their leaders these days, goodly men and women who aren’t godly. Like Saul,...

I Samuel 17

on Jul 31, 2021 in 1 Samuel | 0 comments

Note on I Samuel 17 by Ivan Ho 30 July 2016   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 shall be...

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...