"We went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place" (Deuteronomy 8:2; Psalm 66:12; Psalm 77:10; Acts 26:22). (2) Saul made David captain over a thousand (18:13) hoping he would die in battle. "Hitherto the Lord hath helped us." From Barrenness To Brokenness - 1 Samuel 1:1-18 Hannah: A Wise Investor - 1 Samuel 1:1-28 How God Chooses - 1 Samuel 16:1-13 How God Builds A King - 1 Samuel 16:14-23 The Case Of The Big Bad Bully - 1 Samuel 17:1-54 Raise then a stone, and call it "Ebenezer," for hitherto hath the Lord helped us. 5. Then, too, consider how the inscription on the stone set up by Samuel, lays a good foundation for hope and trust. 2. Sermons by Topic View ... On one hand, topical and felt-needs preaching gives significant attention to application, but it fails to expound the text and provide the necessary biblical and theological grounding for the application. The promise of Divine help is conditional; and only let the conditions of the promise be fulfilled, and the help shall be continued. Respecting God’s Holiness – 1 Samuel 6:1-7:1 (The ark’s return) Returning to God – 1 Samuel 7:2-17 (Samuel’s leadership) Be Careful What You Ask – 1 Samuel 8:1-22 (Israel asks for a king) The Rise and Fall of Saul (1 Samuel 9-15) Looking for Donkeys – 1 Samuel 9:1-24 (God sends Saul to Samuel) There may have been second causes: gracious interpositions and friendly agencies; but above and beyond all, the good man recognises the hand of God, and in real devotion says, "Hitherto the Lord hath helped me. The world is bad enough, God knows, but thank God it is not without its Ebenezers. A. At a deeply afflictive crisis in David's life, when our harps would have been unstrung and mute, the Psalmist swept his and pealed forth: "I will sing of mercy and judgment." II. II. Psalms 27:1-14, Judges 6:26-27, Deuteronomy 27:1-7, Joshua 8:30-32, Exodus 24:4, Exodus 17:15, 1 Samuel 7:17, Genesis 35:1-3, 2 Samuel 24:21-25, Genesis 33:20, Psalms 37:25, Philippians 3:20, Acts 7:1-49, 2 Samuel 12:10-13, Psalms 84:1-4, Psalms 37:1-40, Psalms 27:13, Genesis 26:25, Psalms 84:11 As in this occurrence the sacrifice was exalted, so also was the power of prayer acknowledged. The victory obtained was by the lamb. old times the traffic in human souls, which degrades man to the level of goods and chattels, was not only tolerated, but defended on Christian principles. And God never meant for YOU to lose either! 2. "What shall I render unto the Lord?" "They smote them" — note the words — they "smote them until they came under Bethcar," which, being interpreted, signifies "the house of the Lamb." Large gifts of what he has given. 1 Samuel 7:2-13, Denomination: THE PLACE OF MEMORIAL IS A CHRISTIAN LIFE. Imagine what it would be like if … THIS STONE IS A MONUMENTAL MEMORIAL OF THE SECRET OF SUCCESS. On that day, too, Mizpeh was the place of renewed covenant, and its name signifies the watchtower, These people, I say, came together to renew their covenant with God, and wait for Him as upon a watchtower. (Genesis 28:11-19.) Twenty years before, Hophni and Phineas, the priests of the Lord, were slain upon that ground, and the ark of the Lord was taken, and the Philistines triumphed. Many times the Lord helps His people in such a manner that the experience of His goodness fills them with shame, looks their doubts and fears ova of countenance, proves their unbelief to be a false prophet, and makes them resolve never to distrust God again and fills them with thankfulness. What he has done for us he can do for them, and seeing it they "may take heart again. We have noted from Chapters 2-6: (3) Their harmony and agreement with the promise(4) Their agreement with their prayers. So that while we glorify God we are not to deny or to discard human agency. We have noted the story of prayerful Hannah who was blessed with a son she named Samuel. At a place called Ebenezer, Israel lost 34,000 men and their faith in God. We owe it to Him also, in point of compliance with His design in giving experience of His help to His people God intends His people more comfort by a mercy, than the mercy itself singly considered He intends it as a ground to hope for more He gives the valley of Achor for a door of hope. 4. There are some people, as you know, or perhaps I ought to say that it is a peculiarity which characterises all people more or less, that they have a very keen sense of evils and disadvantages which belong to the present, and a very dull perception of the privileges secured and the progress which has been made. 3. 2. Subject: It is time that we see a real commitment to God, church and community. 1. If it says gluten-free, then it is safe for some people. There is a way of making the expression of our gratitude monumental and lasting by making it practical. They have been heavily smitten; they are at least quiet. How much that help has been needed by us - in sorrow, labour, conflict, danger, which our own strength was wholly inadequate to meet. (Isaiah 38:10, 12, Psalm 73:22, 23; and 116:11, 12.) The Philistines being as a nation far inferior in numbers to the children of Israel, they had the natural suspiciousness of weak oppressors. Can joy be absent or unsuitable on this occasion? If a man once opulent should be ruined by misfortunes, persons who proudly recognised him when on the height of prosperity pass him by as if the man's calamities had so altered every feature of his countenance that they cannot recognise him. The last soldier on the field of Christian warfare; the last labourer in the vineyard of the Lord; the last pilgrim in the toilsome way to heaven, will need help from God as we do at this moment; and all shall have it. IT IS OUR DUTY TO RECOGNISE THE HAND OF GOD IN EVERY DELIVERANCE. But when I come upon Ebenezer, I come upon a stone which says to me, "The mighty God, even Jehovah Himself, has been here. 1. 1 Then it happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; 2 and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. Christian gratitude is ever trustful. A. Chapter 7. 1. II. God is attentive to "times end seasons;" and the Divine slowness has never been opposed to the Divine punctuality. (1) Twice, Saul tried to kill David by pinning him to the wall with a spear as David played music for Saul (1 Samuel 18:11). To retreat from the position marked by this memorial would have been as disgraceful as for an army to lose its standard. This seems to be the ground of that conclusion; "By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me." It deepened their sense of obligation. 1 Samuel 7:2-12 Matt Todd May 29, 2011 ... sir,your sermon is awesome. 3. So,what has God done for you up to this point in your life? Even the very place of our experiences should be recorded. "Hitherto," wrote Samuel, "the Lord hath helped us." His arm alone has brought salvation nigh. IV. Impossible! We are far from affirming that prayers, offered up in faith, and "for things agreeable to God's will," will always be granted in the season or in the manner that the supplicants might either desire, or in their fallible judgment might deem most proper No! Let devout faith set up a stone and write upon it Ebenezer. Hence if the foot be hurt, the Head in heaven cries out (Acts 9:4). Put your hand into the hand of Christ anew, thou saint of the Most High, and give thyself to Him again. WE ARE TAUGHT BY THIS PORTION OF SACRED HISTORY, THAT GOD WILL HEAR THE RELIEVING PRAYERS OF HIS SERVANTS. They called it "Help Stone." The true Christian must always feel deeply humbled at the remembrance of his transgressions, but in the effort of a true repentance he is conscious of God's merciful aid and compassion. By stimulating their activity. Turn from your evil ways, cry out to God for mercy and pray that He who summoned the enemy might also defeat them! Christian gratitude is devout. Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Loud songs of praise. Then the text may be read a third way — looking forward. Listen to the audio. And not infrequently a cold, inactive, good-for-nothing sympathy is all that is manifested toward the most deserving. 1 Samuel 7:1-12. Copyright © 2003-2020 | Outreach, Inc., All rights reserved. The expression of gratitude was public and monumental.  (view more) The actual bestowment of this help. disposing sovereignty. III. (3) To afford occasion for a more impressive manifestation of his power and grace. A PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GRATITUDE IS DUE TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR MERCIES RECEIVED AND FOR DELIVERANCE FROM IMPENDING EVILS. Here we are this day, after the trouble and conflict, ourselves monuments of his mercy! The builder when furnished with proper materials must use them. But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on 1 Samuel 7. Thus it becomes the language of gratitude. Introduction: Israel ignored God for years, God raised up judges and priest to lead them. Perhaps your decorations are still up. Helplessness. How useful it may be to others in similar circumstances. (1-4) The Israelites solemnly repent. 1. "(5) Sometimes by contrary means, as our Lord cured the blind man by laying clay upon his eyes. Let us bear our witness that if aught of good has been accomplished it has been the result of prayer. Praying, as his very name implies, was his forte. Suitable and efficient. — a mighty man of valour? Looking upward to heaven, let us reflect -. O how useful would this he afterwards to the Christian. What are the Christian's experiences but returns of prayers. And see how the future which is briefly epitomised in the next verse confirms this "hitherto." See the blessing of repentance and seek His presence in prayer. Let us remember our defeats. Of this we have a familiar illustration in the Israelites themselves. 1 Samuel 7:12, 1 Samuel 7:2-14, Denomination: 1. (13-17) Commentary on 1 Samuel 7:1-4 (Read 1 Samuel 7:1-4) God will find a resting-place for his ark; if some thrust it from them, the hearts of others shall be inclined to receive it. But this time they had victory. 1 Samuel 15 Sermon — The Disobedience of Saul – Sermon outline by Tom Moore on King Saul’s disobedience to God and the consequences. (2) A discerning of the Lord's hand in the help we receive. (2) To produce in us humility and submission, to excite us to fervent prayer, and to strengthen and perfect our faith. ...read more, Scripture: The inscription may be read in three ways. Day unto day is saying to him, "Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous, and shout aloud for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.". 2. 2 So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. Hence arises the duty of cooperation with the help of the Almighty. No! Looking forward to the future, let us considered. OVERCOMING THE ENEMY “Oh! David was enjoying a time of rest, after all the problems that he had been forced to endure. Click here for more messages from the book of 1 Samuel. I. There may be other hills to climb, and they may be hills which will try our strength to the very utmost; but let not this prevent our acknowledging with joy and thankfulness that one hill has, at least, been climbed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. It is Divine. INTRODUCTION: Our message series is on the life of Samuel, and so far we have looked at Samuel’s birth, his childhood, and then his call as a prophet. 4. In those good old times to which you are looking back there were not so many cases of drunkenness recorded; but neither were there so many people to get drunk nor so many newspapers to bring the sin to light. Let devout faith set up then a stone and write upon it, Ebenezer, and with what awful and yet rapturous solemnities life becomes invested. THE INSCRIPTION UPON THE MEMORIAL. (2) We owe this to ourselves in point of interest. Say what you will, the Lord did thunder in the heavens with a great thunder, and the Philistines were discomfited by it, therefore set up a stone and call it Ebenezer. The praises of their deliverers were sung by the poet, and extolled by the historian; their statues adorned the cities which gave them birth; and other striking memorials were instituted to convey to future generations an abiding sense of the value of their services. The extent of their victory. INTRODUCTION: 1 Samuel 15:1-31. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 Samuel 7:12 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "FACING THE NEW YEAR" I. But are the Divine plans and arrangements to be precipitated and thrown into confusion just to meet human fretfulness and patience? Let us inquire why the Lord helpeth His people. ON THE OPPORTUNE RECEPTION OF DIVINE HELP. Let us be thankful for the memorials of Divine help which others have left for our benefit. "Ebenezer, hitherto the Lord hath helped us." Nay; but a judge who built up a kingdom of righteousness, and preeminently a man who could pray. Note that they did not stand still and refuse to use their weapons, but while God was thundering they were fighting, and while the lightnings were flashing in the iceman's eyes they were making them feel the potency of their steel. While dwelling upon the peculiarity of the locality, we must remark that, as it had been the spot of their defeat, their sin, their sorrow, so now before the victory, it was the place of their repentance. Moses said unto the people, "Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will show you today; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. THE SPOT WHERE THE STONE OF EBENEZER WAS SET UP. (2) Because of their special relation to Him. O let me be forgotten as far as possible, and Christ only thought of. open your Bibles to 1 Samuel….. The Philistines were not routed except by prayer. If we would consult our own advantage, we would not let them slip For former experiences of the Lord's help are very supporting to the soul in a dark night These experiences are pledges of further mercies. In the last few weeks we have been covering the problem of not knowing God And what was Samuel? I. EBENEZER IS THE LANDMARK OF WORK ACCOMPLISHED. II. O monstrous ingratitude to forget experiences. Let us recollect our sins; they will serve as a black foil on which the mercy of God shall glisten the more brightly. Seize every opportunity of testifying to the goodness and faithfulness of God. It was there that they saw God's band and were led to say, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." this article helps alot for my preaching sermon.May God use ur preaching talent more for His Glory. So long as Samuel, the man of righteousness and the man of prayer, is influential, you will come safe out of every crisis, under the banner of the God of battles. (4) Because the Lord brings His people into straits for this very end, that He may have the glory of helping them; and that they may get the greater experience of His kindness. THE PRINCIPLES OF THE TEXT, AS THEY ENTER DEEPLY INTO RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. There is often a weight lies on this very circumstance, that the help came at such a time and not another is worthy to be remembered. my sermon ideas and illustrations are often taken from many sources including those at Sermoncentral.com, there could be instances where other Nevertheless, let Elijah remember that that glorious scene did take place on Carmel, the fire did come down from heaven, and the king of darkness did receive a staggering blow. Conclusion. There were sporadic times of Revival for them but they were continuously oppressed because 1 Samuel 7 New International Version (NIV). “Knowing God”- “ Little g gods” Many instead of laying such things up, lay them down in the grave of forgetfulness, and instead of setting up a stone, lay a stone upon them, burying them out of sight. The relation which He sustains to His Church renders it impossible for Him to regard the interests of any of its members with indifference: "God is in the midst of her;...God shall help her and that right early.". To speak of THE KEEPING UP OF THE MEMORIAL OF THE EXPERIENCES WHICH THEY HAVE HAD OF THE LORD'S HELPING THEM. Passages in different locations are often interconnected in such a way that one avenue of thought springs from another. But when we become really weak and despair of ourselves, the power of God expands itself through all our inner man, even to the most secret recesses, filling us with all the fulness of God" (A. Monod). Now it ought to be read looking backward. In the good old times war was an expedient to which any tyrant who felt himself strong enough would resort without compunction, and without exciting any deep indignation. III. The Passage: “I Will Speak to My Father about You” (19:1-7) Before we read through these verses, let me remind you of where we are in this story. LET ME CALL UPON YOU TO TESTIFY YOUR SENSE OF THE DIVINE MERCIES, BY AN INCREASING DEVOTEDNESS TO THE SERVICE OF YOUR GOD. His nation was united and at peace. SermonAudio.com - 1 Samuel 7 Sermons. The performing of the former, is an earnest given to faith to look for the other. Scripture: of the Trees and Bramble (Judges 9: 1-14 and 7-15) Samuel Kisses Saul and Anoints Him King and the Holy Spirit Effects Gods Plan (1 Samuel 10) David Prays on the Mt. It was a kind of border stone marking their advance on a former position. 1 Samuel 7:1-4, I Sam 4 & 8 1 Samuel 7:3-6, Romans 12:1-12, Denomination: It was not help promised or provided merely, but help actually bestrewed. The text furnishes a motive for future perseverance. Assembly Of God, This sermon is about Jesus as our Ebenezer stone and what it means, along with discussing the importance of Samuel's statement, "Thus far the Lord has helped. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 Samuel 10:6-7 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE" Intro: Israel's clamor for a king. 1 Samuel 16:1-13 vs 7 "The Lord Looks at the Heart" [A number of months ago I read/heard something on this text but cannot remember who, what, or where; some of my ideas need to be attributed to this source.] God was their Helper. 3. Here the sword of the Lord has been flashing unsheathed, and here the banner of the Lord has been waving unfurled." This is a sermon on 1 Samuel 16:7. SERMONS ON 1 SAMUEL. The truth which is thus condensed in the word Ebenezer is of the utmost practical importance. “I’m so lonesome I could die!” Possible. I Samuel 19:1-7. Wrong thinking about who God is and The words of Samuel were retrospective; but this recognition of past help was designed to teach the practical lesson: "Have faith in God" now. 2. 3. Twenty years before on that field Israel was routed. 1 Samuel 7 Sermon study notes 1 Samuel 7 Sermon study notes. Hill— This place they chose, both because it was a strong place, where it would be the most safe; and an high place, and therefore visible at some distance, which was convenient for them, who were at that time to direct their prayers and faces towards the ark. Fresh acts of piety and beneficence. They endeavour their own deliverance in God's way, and He fits them to act, and blesseth their exertions, crowning them with success. (Genesis 24:45.) Some promises have their day of payment here, others after this life. Let us consider WHAT WE HAVE TO RECORD. 3. 1 Samuel 7:3-12, Due to the large amount of sermons and topics that appear on this site I feel it is necessary to post this disclaimer on all sermons posted. 1. This expression, Ebenezer, must be uttered by us, as it was by Samuel and the Jews, with adoring wonder. You must remember, too, that Ebenezer was the place of lamentation after the Lord. -. 1. They are among the greatest treasures the earth contains, and meet our view wherever we turn. A sense of unworthiness should make our gratitude the more intensely fervent. 1 Samuel 7:1-22. The setting up of memorial stones was one of the earliest methods adopted for the purpose of recording interesting and important events. (7-12) They are subdued, Samuel judges Israel. Whenever God's people look back upon the past they should renew their covenant with God. Yes; the Philistines may not be driven out of the country; they may not be utterly annihilated; but their grip, which was at our throat for more than twenty years, has been shaken off. 4 Then David and the p… 1. Hence, the world is always standing still or going back. I. Such was that in the text. If we must have tyrants let them be strong ones, for they are never so jealous or cruel as those little despots who are always afraid of rebellion. This was at a protracted period in the history of God's people, and up to that time there had nothing failed of all that the Lord had spoken. The help of God is constant and unfailing. And the hand of the Lord was with him." Slowly the Allied forces were squeezing the Germans out of North Africa. 1 Samuel 7:1-17. ...read more, Scripture: The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. 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