• The Philistines came up with a brilliant plan to disarm the Israelites. • They made blacksmiths illegal so the Israelites had to go to them to have their tools sharpened. • This would make the Israelites subservient to them because their livelihoods depended on having sharp tools. • The Israelites just put up with it - Saul never dealt with this. • Imagine a farmer asking for a sword to be made - they would then not sharpen his tools. • This would affect his ability to make a living, so he would never ask. • Over time, the Israelites were completely disarmed. • This is a picture of today - so many of the major corporations have become bullying arms. • But people won't say anything because they'll lose their jobs. • ** But there were two people who did have swords - what did they do? • 14:1-3 - The leader of the day, Saul, wasn't willing to fight. • He was surrounded by 600 yes-men and a professional minister. • This is a picture of the church today. • 14:4-6 - His son Jonathon was willing to go up and fight. • Notice that there were cliffs on boths sides - he could die on his way to the fight. • God needs His warriors in His battles, but we can't be too hard and we can't be too soft. • We need truth/love, which is Jesus!
1 Samuel 13:19-21, 14:2-3, 14:4-6 (4/28/16)
April 28, 2016 • Benham Brothers
1 Samuel 1:12-15 (4/27/17)
Bad Dad • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* We get a glimpse of the type of person Eli was and why maybe he was not a good father. * He rebuked a woman who didn’t need to be rebuked * He assumed something about a person that didn’t line up with reality and in haste rebuked her before he questioned her. * This shows his willingness to act without thinking. * On the flip side, we see later on that he didn’t rebuke his sons even though they needed to be rebuked. * Son on the one hand he rebuked someone who didn’t deserve it because he judged by outward appearance, but on the other hand he refused to rebuke someone who did deserve it because he didn’t have the courage to confront. * Hannah was an easy target - his sons were not.
1 Samuel 1:24 (4/26/18)
Quantify • April 26, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* The best thing a young entrepreneur can do is quantify how much is enough. * You need a plan to: * 1) Quantify your hours. * When you get to a certain point financially will you use that money to buy your time back? * At what point do you stop working 70 hours a week and cut it to 30? * 2) Quantify your income. * When you get to a certain point financially will you increase what you give in tithe? * The goal is to get to a point where you give away more than you take home. * Hannah shows us how to do this. * It was her idea to give her son away after he was weaned. * She got to keep him for a few years, but then she let him go. * She didn’t keep holding on. * This worked out for her with 500% ROI (1 Samuel 2:21).
1 Samuel 2:1 (4/27/17)
The Secret to Joy • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* If we’re not experiencing joy in our lives, we need to re-joy (rejoice). * How do we do this? * By being willing to give back to God what He has given to us. * The moment we give something back to God we will experience a joy that can be found in no other way. * Notice Hannah - she was filled with joy after she was willing to give him back to God - her one and only son. * She ended up having 5 kids in his place, which is a 500% return. * Are you experiencing joy in your life? * If not, then you need to re-joy by giving back what God has given you!