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Overcoming Fear, Removing Idols, and Finding Peace.

1 Samuel 7:1-17 | Part 13



1st Samuel 7:1-17

So the people of Kiriath-jearim came for the ark of the Lord and took it to Abinadab’s house on the hill. They consecrated his son Eleazar to take care of it.

2 Time went by until twenty years had passed since the ark had been taken to Kiriath-jearim. Then the whole house of Israel longed for the Lord. 3 Samuel told them, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, get rid of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths that are among you, set your hearts on the Lord, and worship only him. Then he will rescue you from the Philistines.” 4 So the Israelites removed the Baals and the Ashtoreths and only worshiped the Lord.

  • 20 years is a long time. What were you doing 20 years ago?

  • All of Israel longed for the Lord. This is big

  • If you return to the Lord, some things have to go

To return to the Lord:

  1. All idols must be removed

  • You can not worship your: Spouse, kids, sex life, food, drink, business, identity, money

  • How do we know something is an idol?

(An Idol is) anything that we come to rely on for some blessing, or help, or guidance in the place of a wholehearted reliance on the true and living God. - Dr. John Piper

  • Anything we serve (2nd Commandment)

Exodus 20:4-5

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God.

  1. The heart must be for Christ, not self

  2. Confession (verse 6)

  3. Worship

5 Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord on your behalf.” 6 When they gathered at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out in the Lord’s presence. They fasted that day, and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the Lord.” And Samuel judged the Israelites at Mizpah.

7 When the Philistines heard that the Israelites had gathered at Mizpah, their rulers marched up toward Israel. When the Israelites heard about it, they were afraid because of the Philistines. 8 The Israelites said to Samuel, “Don’t stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, so that he will save us from the Philistines.”

  • Fear is the enemy of faith in God

  • Fear takes our eyes off the Savior, and places them on the liar

Christians must learn to cry out to the one who saved them, King Jesus, not to the fear that keeps them captive

9 Then Samuel took a young lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. He cried out to the Lord on behalf of Israel, and the Lord answered him. 10 Samuel was offering the burnt offering as the Philistines approached to fight against Israel. The Lord thundered loudly against the Philistines that day and threw them into such confusion that they were defeated by Israel. 11 Then the men of Israel charged out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines striking them down all the way to a place below Beth-car.

  • Samuel actively pursued obeying God He:

  • Sacrificed

  • Cried out

  • The Lord answered Him

12 Afterward, Samuel took a stone and set it upright between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, explaining, “The Lord has helped us to this point.” 13 So the Philistines were subdued and did not invade Israel’s territory again. The Lord’s hand was against the Philistines all of Samuel’s life. 

  • Leadership matters

  • Obedience in Leadership makes all the difference

James 4:6b

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

14 The cities from Ekron to Gath, which they had taken from Israel, were restored; Israel even rescued their surrounding territories from Philistine control. There was also peace between Israel and the Amorites.

  • Fear and independent decisions from God bring anarchy, destruction, and death

  • Obedience in Jesus' name brings peace even in the worst of times

Proverbs 29:25

The fear of mankind is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.

  • Harada, fear, anxiety, quaking

  • Fear of man, situations, problems, sickness, a snare

Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death.

  • Iyr, dreadful, moral reverence

  • Fear of the Lord, LIFE. Abundant life

15 Samuel judged Israel throughout his life. 16 Every year he would go on a circuit to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah and would judge Israel at all these locations. 17 Then he would return to Ramah because his home was there, he judged Israel there, and he built an altar to the Lord there.

  • Samuel is the judge of Israel for life

  • Happily ever after? We shall see

  • Appeared, revealed, displayed, shown (manifest) 44x in the bible


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