The Ark may have returned to Israel in the opening of I Samuel 7, but faith had not. For twenty years a spiritual question mark stood over Israel. But then, the Spirit of God moved and awakened Israel through the preaching of his Word by Samuel. That awakening of faith led to repentance, victory, and peace in Israel. Here we see a physical picture of the spiritual realities taking place then, and in the hearts of believers today. Such is the timelessness of God's Word.
There was little in the Old Testament priesthood which spoke of joy. All of our entrances unto God were bought with the blood of the innocent, and the whole system was designed to keep us at a safe distance from God… close enough to worship when commanded, far enough to escape destruction… But of joy, deep and profound; of joy, strong and insurmountable; of joy, empowering and uplifting; of joy beyond us and within us very little was known in the Old Testament. But in the coming of Christ, joy is both the commandment AND the reality. It is the flavor of our experience with Christ, for just as His life is ours, His joy is ours!
We continue a year through what we believe as Christians using the Heidelberg Catechism.
This evening, we continue in its third part on our grateful response to God's grace delivering us from all guilt. In the Lord's Prayer, we learn that we were made for communion with God. In its third petition, we ask God to help us obey His commands and be faithful to His calling. Let's listen in to what the Holy Spirit has for us today...
Obeying God's Will (various Scriptures)
Following God's Call (1 Cor. 7:17–24)
Paul continues his assault on the lie that being under grace and not law is a license to sin! Man is a servant of sin or the only Savior of sinners the LORD Jesus Christ. Who are you a servant of there are only 2 options!