I Samuel 4-6; Faced With The Truth

I’m not sure why we are not reading about a massive turning to God among the Philistines here in these chapters. When the ark was there, when God’s Presence was among them, they witnessed His Power first hand. They saw their pretend god, Dagon, toppled twice by God. God’s hand was heavy on them, and many people developed tumors, many died.

The Philistines knew the stories of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. They’d heard about the plagues. They’d listened to the many miracles Israel’s God had performed for them in the desert, how many armies God had defeated to bring the Jews to Canaan. Now, they saw the power of Israel’s God up close and personal.

The Philistines acknowledged that God was responsible for the things going on among them. But instead of bowing down before Him, their response was to send Him away. They chose to hang on to a worthless idol, an idol they had to admit was inferior to God. They chose to get rid of the God who had power over their own bodies, and continue on in their devotion to a god that never was a god.

Why?

I wonder the same thing about people who hear the Gospel, yet choose to hang on to some worthless belief instead of running into the arms of the One who loves them beyond understanding, who longs to fellowship with them, and who went to the cross to make that possible.

When faced with the Truth, why cling to a lie?

Father, I pray for all those who will hear the Truth about You today. I pray for pastors of churches where Jesus will be preached as Your Son, the Savior of the world. I pray that hearts will break because of sin when they find themselves face to face with You. Defeat Satan today in a mighty way. And may no one hearing Your Truth choose to hold on to any lie, any false god. But may they fall before You, accept Your grace, and worship You in spirit and in truth.

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2 thoughts on “I Samuel 4-6; Faced With The Truth

  1. vonhonnauldt

    The Philistines are just a classic example, one of many in Scripture, of the fact that “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God because they are foolishness to him, nor is he ABLE to receive them because they are spiritually discerned” (loosely paraphrased, emphasis added).

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    1. cazehner Post author

      That’s true. And it makes me sad that they refused to receive what God was telling them. I’m thankful that when I was a “natural man” I heard and accepted the prompting of the Spirit of the one who loves the world, who is not willing that any should die without Him, enabling me to receive what Jesus died to give me. I pray for all who are still hanging on to the natural man. May the Spirit be met with open minds and hearts as He draws all men to Himself.

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