Morning Light Bible Study

Morning Light – May 5th, 2015: Returning to Ramah!

Morning Light – May 5th, 2015 Today: [1 Samuel Chapter Seven]: Returning to Ramah. Samuel’s rule continues over Israel. We find that he travels through the land living in four different locations in order to be accessible to the people. However we see in this chapter that Samuel’s residence was in Ramah. Ramah means the “High Place”. Prophets need to live in the high places. We need to live in the high places. Eph. 2:6 says this means being seated in heavenly places in Christ. The fate of nations hung on the prayers that Samuel prayed because he maintained himself … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – May 4th, 2015: What Shall We Do with the Ark of the Lord?

Morning Light – May 4th, 2015 Today: [1 Samuel Chapter Six]: What Shall We Do with the Ark of the Lord? The Philistines have captured the ark and their cities are suffering with plague. They consult their wise men and decide to put it on a cart and set it adrift to see what would happen. They were careful in so doing to make a trespass offering and to laden the ark with jewels and gold so as not to offend the Lord further. Even a Philistine understood that you don’t come before the Lord empty handed. The ark wanders … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – May 1st, 2015: The Glory of God in the House of Dagon

Morning Light – May 1st, 2015 Today: [1 Samuel Chapter Five]: The Glory of God in the House of Dagon. In this chapter we cut away from the tragic events of Eli’s death and the mourning over the people’s defeat at the hands of the enemies. The ark of God is taken by the Philistines to the temple of Dagon in Ashdod. The following morning the Philistines find the image of Dagon prostrate before the ark of the covenant. They also breakout in hemmeroids throughout the city and suffer a plague of mice. They move the ark from place to … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 30th, 2015: The Glory has Departed – The Glory has Come!

Morning Light – April 30th, 2015 Today: [1 Samuel Chapter Four]: The Glory has Departed: The Glory has Come! In this chapter we find the Israelites going to battle with the Philistines. They are roundly defeated and go back with the Ark of the Covenant. 30,000 die and the ark is taken. In the midst of this a 5 year old boy named Samuel is speaking the words of God that do not fall to the ground. The people thought that the glory of God had departed when in fact it had actually come in power. [1Sa 4:1-22 KJV] 1 … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 29th, 2015: Speak Lord for Thy Servant Heareth!

Today: [1 Samuel Chapter Three]: Speak Lord for Thy Servant Heareth! In this chapter we find young Samuel sleeping in the Holy Place. The Lampstand of God is his night light and the Ark of the Covenant is just beyond where Samuel lays down. He hears the voice of God calling his name and he answers “Speak Lord for thy Servant Heareth…” Thus is born the ministry of a powerful prophet destined to ordain King David and to be a precursor of John the Baptist himself who was used to inaugurate Jesus into His earthly ministry. [1Sa 3:1-21 KJV] 1 … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 28th, 2015: Hannah’s Choice

Today: [1 Samuel Chapter Two]: Hannah’s Choice. In this chapter Hannah makes good on her promise to give Samuel over to the service of God. In the midst of this situation she finds that the family of Eli is corrupt and evil yet she holds fast to her commitment to leave Samuel in their care. She could have easily objected and changed her mind after seeing the corruption in the house of Eli. Her fidelity to God was so pronounced that her testimony became a part of the sacred narrative. She is a rare example to us of seeking first … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 27th, 2015: God ALWAYS Answers

Today: [1 Samuel Chapter One]: God Always Answers Prayer. In this chapter we see the events leading up to Samuel’s birth. Samuel was a prophet that God would not allow his words to fall to the ground. Why did God deal with Samuel in this way? Because before Samuel was born his mother made a promise and would not allow her words to fall to the ground. Samuel, Saul and Solomon’s names all mean “Asked for”. Many think God says no when we ask Him but the sobering thought is rather that He always says yes even when the answer … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 24th, 2015: Redeemed at the Gate!

Morning Light – April 24th, 2015 Today: [Ruth Chapter Four]: Redeemed at the Gate! In this chapter Boaz convenes a court at the gates of the city to arrange for his marriage to Ruth. There is another person who has a closer claim upon Ruth. However this person who was willing to increase himself by her inheritance was not willing to mar his legacy with her Moabite blood. Boaz however publically accepts Ruth and bears the reproach of her birth to win her as a bride to himself just as Jesus accepts our reproach for the joy of sharing a … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 23rd, 2015: Jesus is Your Boaz

Morning Light – April 23rd, 2015 Today: [Ruth Chapter Three]: Jesus is Your Boaz! In this chapter Naomi instructs Ruth how to approach Boaz in the hopes that Boaz will accept responsibility for her as a near kinsman. Ruth finds him at the threshingfloor and lies down next to him as a symbolic act of inviting him to exercise the right of kinsman redeemer. It was a bold thing for Ruth to do because Boaz could have rejected her – even had her punished for being so brazen. She was after all a Moabite – an enemy of God’s people. … (click link or title to continue)