1 Samuel

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!

1 Samuel 2:21 (5/8/14)

500% Return • May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers

Hannah prayed for one son and God gave him to her. She was willing to give him back to God. Hannah then praised God for his ossum mighty power, not mentioning her son or petitioning for more (1 Sam 2:1-10). God was moved by her thanksgiving and praise and gave her a 500% return on her investment! She ended up with 5 kids!

1 Samuel 2:29 (5/8/14)

You're Fat! • May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers

Eli's sons were bad - they were very irreverant toward God and indulgent toward their appetites. Eli did not punish them nor raise them with the proper discipline. Why? Because Eli indulged his appetite too - he couldn't stop eating! How did God respond? He called Eli FAT! Oh Snap!!! It's as if God said, "You've not only indulged your own appetite but you've taught your sons to do the same!" What parents do in moderation kids will do in excess. Eli indulged in food and his sons indulged in women. Eli rebuked his own sons in the same way he rebuked his own appeite - gently. The appetite test - "how often to you give in to your craving for anything?"

1 Samuel 3:9 (5/8/14)

Readiness • May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers

When God called to Samuel He didn't tell him Who He was - He was teaching him to recognize His voice. Samuel knew someone was speaking but he didn't recognize that it was God. Eli didn't ask Samuel to put a cot next to him - he told him to go back to his place! Two interesting points about how Samuel had his first conversation with God: 1) He was in his proper place. When we are in our "place," the spot God has put us, we are in position to hear and see God! Wherever you are in life, BE ALL THERE! 2) He was now "ready" to hear God's voice. The first two times Samuel was in the proper place but he wasn't READY. The third time he was 1) in his proper place, 2) ready to hear God's voice.

1 Samuel 3:9-10 (5/8/13)

Be Ready, In Your Place • May 8, 2013 • Benham Brothers

Samuel was In His Place when God showed up He didn't make a cot by Eli so he could interpret He was "ready" to hear God's voice The first three times he wasn't ready, but the final time he was Being Ready - you will hear God and you will recognize the enemy - you won't be caught off-guard

1 Samuel 4 & 7 (4/24/15)

Two Different Battles • April 24, 2015 • Benham Brothers

1 Sam 4 - the Israelites went out in the own ambition to throw off the yoke of the Philistines. They didn't ask God and they didn't lead with repentance. They saw God's ark as a good luck charm. They were more devoted to God's symbol than His actual presence. A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong. 1 Sam 7 - Samuel encouraged them to do three things: 1) Return to the Lord. 2) Remove false gods. 3) Serve God alone. This time the Philistines came against them. When we seek to live for God the enemy will come and attack. All we have to do is keep our eyes on Jesus and not let our worldly ambition take the lead.

1 Samuel 4:3 (5/8/14)

Bringing God to you • May 8, 2014 • Benham Brothers

The Israelites went out to fight the Philistines, but there were many problems with this: 1) They didn't first consult God and ask Him if they should go. 2) They looked at the ark as a rabbit's foot for good luck. It worked for Moses so it will work for them. Their goal was to beat the Philistines, not to honor God. They focused on the purpose of God and not the person of God. 3) They brought the ark to them instead of going to it. God was specific that the ark was to stay in Shiloh and they were to go to it. We must NOT move our own direction and try to bring God along. We must move His direction and follow Him - that's the only way we'll have His presence.

1 Samuel 4:21 (5/14/15)

Ichabod to Ebenezer • May 14, 2015 • Benham Brothers

The glory of God has departed from our nation (Ichabod). We get His glory by true repentance (Ebenezer)

1 Samuel 6:19 (4/26/18)

Holiness • April 26, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* When these men looked upon holiness with an eye of curiosity they were killed. * This is a good example for men today. * God made a woman’s body holy. * If we look upon her with an eye of curiosity fueled by lust it results in death. * The only naked body a man should ever see is his wife’s. * If we look upon her with an eye of surrender fueled by love it results in life. * The question for men today is this - how do you respond when you see holiness in the form of a woman’s body? * If you’re walking through the mall and it’s there in the window for you to see, do you look away (as Noah’s two sons did) or do you look toward? * It’s all about protecting holiness.

1 Samuel 11:6-15 (4/27/17)

Anger • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* vs 6 - Anger is an emotion with a purpose. * Righteous anger is a very good thing. * Notice what happened in this verse - Saul got angry as a result of the spirit of God coming upon him. * God wanted Saul to do something about the enemy and He motivated him through anger. * What’s the difference between good anger and bad? * Righteous anger comes with a zeal to defend God’s honor. * Unrighteous anger comes with a zeal to defend our own. * vs 15 - Saul was the king, but he had not been indoctrinated into the kingship. * But when he acted in anger on behalf of the Israelites and in the power of God there was an authority shift that took place. * Everyone now recognized Saul’s place as king over Israel. * There’s an authority shift going on in culture right now. * Those who will receive it are those who have the warrior spirit - a righteous anger to defend the honor of the Lord. * Just as Saul recognized the enemy and dealt with them, so the true warrior does the same.

1 Samuel 13:19-21, 14:2-3, 14:4-6 (4/28/16)

Disarmed • April 28, 2016 • Benham Brothers

• 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 15:33 (5/2/18)

Godly Zeal • May 2, 2018 • Benham Brothers

Samuel not only anointed David king, but he hacked to pieces an enemy of God. •This type of violence shows us how we are to deal with things (not people) who draw us away from God. •We are to do violence with those things - hack them to pieces. •vs 16:4 - the people trembled at Samuel’s presence. •Samuel was more feared than he was liked.

1 Samuel 16:14-16 (5/6/18)

Not Surrendered • May 6, 2018 • Benham Brothers

•Saul was ambitious - faith is living without scheming. •vs 14-15 - Because Saul refused to fully surrender he couldn’t experience God’s peace. •The evil spirit he experienced was “from God.” Why? •So Saul would come back to Him. He should've asked for a prophet. •vs 16-17 & 23 - But he asked for a musician (it was his friends' idea). •He wanted all that guilt and shame to go away. •He was more concerned about FEELING right than BEING right. •So he "DID" something to make it go away. •Without fully surrendering to God you can get TEMPORARY peace from the outside in (external things). •Fully surrendering to God grants you PERMANENT peace from the inside out. •Today churches are specializing in music - people feel really good temporarily but the permanent fix isn’t music - it’s surrender! •vs 18:10-11 - at some point, if you don’t surrender, the external things that bring temporary peace stop working.