Friday, 26th March 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
I Samuel 12 – Align with God
Section One: V1-5 Lead a Holy Life
V1 we need to learn to let go. It was not Samuel’s job to lead the Israelites, it was God. In the same way, we should not hold onto the things on this earth and not willing to let them go. Because everything is from God. Also we should not be a rubbish collector, when we come across negative things or hear negative words, we should take it to God straight away, it’s not for us to deal with it but God.
V2 Samuel did not only talk about his own sons but also everyone, who followed him. Samuel served God all his life and he treasured what God entrusted him. Do we also treasure what God entrusted us, not looking lightly who God appointed us to be?
V3 Samuel led a holy life, and at the end, he wanted to make sure he did not wrong anyone. Have we cheated on anyone or oppressed anyone? If we have wronged anyone we must repay, may God enlighten us, so His true light will enter our lives to see who we have wronged and what we have done that displeased God. When God revealed the sins in our lives, so whatever we have done that sinned against people we will repay and whatever we have done that sinned against God, we will repent.
Section Two: V6-18 Testify God’s Works
V6 God set us apart on this earth, He gives us attractive anointing and people will follow us. Do not lead people to ourselves but lead people to God. The Israelites wanted a king to rule over them and to fight for them. But Samuel wanted to correct their confusion, because from the very beginning, no one can fight for them but God. Samuel again emphasised to the Israelites, it was always God, who did all the miracles and signs for them, not people! We must let people see the God behind us and the authority, who entrusted us with people we look after.
V7 Samuel told the people to stand still, with a serious attitude to respond to all the righteous things God did for them in the past. Do not be afraid of how others would think, it’s our responsibility to share what God has done for us in the past until now. Moses and Aaron were all servants of God because the people cried out to God and He responded by choosing his leaders to lead the Israelites out of slavery. We are here in New Zealand and in Bread of Life South Auckland is not by accidents, God is always looking for a spiritual family for each one of us, God is always with us and He will not leave us.
V9-10 but when the people forgot about God and when they do not know God, then the attack will come. When we cry out to God, we need to repent first and ask God for His forgiveness for us forsaking him. To cry out is not only about prayer but about repentance. It’s so important to repent before praying to God for ourselves or others. We need to admit that we have forsaken God and we have done wrong things that sinned against Him.
It’s easy for us to admit our wrongdoings but not to see the cause behind them – we have forsaken God. If we walk with God, there is pillar of cloud and pillar of fire to lead us, then we won’t go to the wrong direction. Therefore, the first thing we should repent is forsaking God, and being wilful.
V11-12 the next step is to serve God. We don’t just ask for things from God then when we receive what we ask for, we leave Him. All the Judges and Priests were not heroes, God sent each one of them to come and lead the Israelites. We should not forget about God, but always lift God up in our lives. It’s common for us to rely on the things or people of this world, but fail to see our Lord, our Master, our God, who protects and leads us.
V13-15 Samuel also reminded the Israelites, it was God, who called Saul out, he was in the hiding, but God called him out. Therefore, they should not set their eyes on Saul but on God. Again and again Samuel remined the people, to serve God, listen to God and revere God, then they will be on the right track. Serving God only was an easy thing to do, but the Israelites did something silly by asking for a king, then they needed to bear the consequences of being ruled over by the king.
We tried to hold onto many things in this world, making them as our “king” which we thought could help us, but it was God, who has helped us along the way. The things on this world can only give us burden. Samuel was a man after God’s heart, he did not speak the things people like to hear, but words for people to see God and know God. Do not see ourselves more than we should, we are not king but a follower of God and to partnership with God in our lives.
Section Three: V19-25 Be Faithful in the Position
Samuel has put down his duty as a leader, but he continued to be in the position of an intercessor. When God gives us a position, we cannot just resign from it, but continue it to the end. We should not give up on God even if we have done something wrong. To serve God is to continue worshipping Him, stop being in a ‘doing’ mode. When we turn away from God and when we sin, we should even come closer to God an worship Him in spirit and truth.
When we worship God in spirit and truth, then our body, our soul our heart, our mind will all be changed and renewed by God. Samuel continued to speak the life and death to the Israelites, he did not hold anything back. God will never change His love for us, it’s always us, who changed. Do we intercede for others like Samuel did? He used the Rhema of God to teach the Israelites.
We need to always give thanks. It’s so easy for us to count the wrongs of others, but so difficult for us to see things that we can be thankful for. The king cannot save and protect us forever, but God can. Every day we need God, if the presence of God is not with us, then we will be in big trouble.
Pursuit & Respond
Holy Spirit come and shine Your light upon us, come into our hearts, reveal to us… we have sinned against You and wronged the people around us. Forgive us for the sin of having forsaken You. Lord, we come before You, when we face all the negative things of this world, help us to give everything to You, to pray, to rejoice and to give thanks. Forgive us for being the judge to decide what’s wrong and what’s right. Forgive us for standing in Your position instead of simply following You.
This morning You said, “for the Lord will not forsake His people for His Great Name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people.” Give us a heart to continue worshipping You, to come before You with spirit and truth. We want to serve You, follow You and testify for You! May Your blessings, compassion, forgiveness come upon us, so we can come before Your throne, to receive forgiveness and to face our sins against You and against the people. Give us the courage to turn back to You. Amen.
V2 “我的儿子”- 指的是属撒母耳的人，表明他没有为自己积蓄私人势力。撒母耳从小到大都看重神交托给他的职位，我们是否看重神给我们的职位、位分？
V3 撒母耳过的是一个圣洁的生活，我们也要照此仔细鉴察自己的生命。我们是否用诡诈的方法去抢夺别人的东西？是否虐待他人？是否受过贿赂 – 包括因为想听别人对我们说的奉承话，而没有对那人说出该讲的真理？我们要求神光照我们，看到自己是否有得罪神、亏欠人的地方。若有，我们就不要逃避，而是要认罪、“偿还”那不属于我们的东西。正如10章7节说的，当神光照我们，让我们看到生命中的问题，我们就要“趁时而做”，从自我欺骗的洞中走出来，因为神与我们同在。
V9-10 当以色列人忘记耶和华，他们就被仇敌攻击。于是他们呼求耶和华时，就愿意先认自己离弃神的罪。我们在向神呼求时要愿意先承认自己得罪神和做错的事，才去向神祈求。我们本来就是有罪的，所以要时常承认自己的罪，也要看到罪背后的根源 – 就是我们自己离弃神，责任不在别人身上。因为当神与我们同在我们就不会走错路，离弃神时我们就会任意妄为。我们认完罪，祈求神的帮助后，还要回转“事奉”神。我们不是得到祝福后就转身离开，而要与神对齐, 因我们不是在地上享受，而是有主耶稣托付给我们未完成的事，以事奉神为我们的生命。