1 Samuel 7:3-17
Psalms 29 Says the voice of the LORD is mighty, powerful, majestic, and thunderous! His voice can be so strong that mighty trees break into pieces at it’s sound, yet is small and quiet enough to aid in the birth of the deer. A contrast of strength and peace is presented, as the picture is painted of the mighty power of His being and the true care He has for His creation and most surely those who believe in Him. He brings security and peace through His might to those who love Him.
1 Samuel 7: 3-17 The Ark of the Covenant, was returned to Israel after being captured by the Philistines for seven months, and Samuel then spoke to all of Israel saying, “if you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove foreign gods and Ashtaroth, ( Syrian goddess of love), from your midst and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone, He will deliver you from the Philistines.” It seems that Israel regarded their relationship with Jehovah as almost superstitious. Samuel had led them to the Water of Life and they refused to drink. Again and again He had led them to return to the LORD, and each time it was a temporary reunion. Israel loved the gods of the other countries around them, and so wanted to be like them. Yet Jehovah proved over and over His love for them and gave them peace when they listened. A picture here is presented that the need of Israel is a lasting peace. In chapter six when the Ark was returned the men of Israel removed the Mercy Seat of the Ark, and peered inside at the artifacts which included the Ten Commandments, they were all struck dead. This incident presents the image that the “Law with out Mercy” always condemns. The Law cannot save, it has no power to equip anyone for salvation, it only reveals sin. They surely needed a savior.
Acts 9.19-31 Saul on the road to Damascus, pursuing Christians in the name of Jehovah and the Hierarchy of Jerusalem to suppress the new belief in Jesus as Messiah, is met by Jesus in a blinding light. He then is nursed by Ananias to health both physically and spiritually. After a few days Saul of Tarsus, is in the synagogues, saying “Jesus is the Son of God.” Verse 22, “Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.” From the Scriptures Saul proved the Messiah was come, and yet the Jews plotted to kill him. After he was sent away to Tarsus, verse 31, “the church enjoyed Peace, and was being built up.”
The Christian body there then sent Saul away for his safety, for his ministry was not to be to the Jews, but to the Gentiles, verse 15, “For he is a chosen instrument of mine to bear My Name to the Gentiles…” It seems that God has a set, determined plan for each of us and when we are obedient to that leading we are in complete peace, and not until we are.
Are you equipping yourself for ministry, are you ready when Jesus calls you to ministry, do you know you gifts of the Spirit? Are you obedient to His leading? The Christian life is one of complete peace when we are in harmony with God.