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1 Samuel 6 - Summary

All it took, was a look

Note: There is a larger than usual number of Scripture references in this post, and I did not take the time to create links to all of them, so you might want to look them up yourself. BlueLetterBible.org lets you paste in a phrase or reference, click Search, and see the passage.

Summary

v3
The Philistines in this chapter showed honor to God, because they feared Him.
v9
reminds me of Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief. All it took to save the Philistines was enough belief to come and see, and the Lord poured out grace. For the Philistines to find the Lord's grace, I have created the saying: All it took, was a look.

Application

v13-15 and 19 remind me of Luke 8:13. At first the Lord's people received the things of Him with joy and honor, but then fell into sin and were judged.

v19: Like Hebrews 10:28-31, ...the Lord shall judge His people. 1 Peter 1:17-19: ...Pass the time of your sojourning here with fear.... (1 Samuel 6) v19: My saying about what it took to have the faith to come to God, also applies to sin: All it took, was a look. They did not fear God and treat His holy things with honor like He had taught them that they should. There are some ways that we can sin the same way today: Matthew 5:28.

Key v20

And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?

It said, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? He is Holy, nobody can stand before Him. Like the Lord smote 50,070 men of Bethshemesh (v19), we are not immune to God's judgment just because we are His own people.

There are two ways we can take that. We can get discouraged and go away, like Bethshemesh did here, and really missed out. That is the same mistake the foolish servant made in Luke 19:20-24, especially v21.

Or, like in Luke 19:22, if we know He's strict, v23 we ought to be faithful to Him. Then we can be even like the Philistines in 1 Samuel 6, and have boldness to come to God with faith, and find grace. See Hebrews 4:16.

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