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SAMUEL, A BIBLE GIANT

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 5

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This series hasn’t just been an interesting one but one full of inspiring stories of the giants of old. So far we’ve been able to go through the lives of four different leaders (Abraham, Moses, David, and Ruth).

This episode continues the trend as we discuss another great man of faith, as seen in the fifth chapter of the book Bible Giants of Faith by James TaiwoThe direct reference to this story is found in 1 Samuel Chapter 1

Samuel- a prophet and an Israelite legend who kept a consistent relationship with God throughout his life.

Samuel’s life began with Hannah’s very touching scene, praying to God at the tabernacle in Shiloh.

Hannah pleaded with God to allow her to bear a son because she was barren. She prayed vigorously so much to the extent that Prophet Eli, who was passing, thought she was crazy. 

Hannah vowed to God (promised) in her prayer that if He allowed her to bear a son, she would dedicate the boy back for His service. 

This means the boy would have to serve God all the days of his life. 

God answered Hannah’s prayer; she conceived and bore a son, and named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord”.

Samuel grew and started his life under the care and training of Eli, the priest and judge of Israel at that time, just as her mother promised to dedicate him to God. 

God began to speak to Samuel from his childhood. His first message from God was quite sobering and was to be delivered to Eli. 

The message required that Samuel must announce God’s punishment on Eli’s two wayward sons, Hophni and Phinehas. 

Samuel delivered the message as God sent him, but, unfortunately, Eli did not respond with an expected action, rather, he disrespected God. 1 Sam. 3:18

Eli’s disrespect to God did not go well. God told Eli that his descendants would die in their flower age and He would also choose another family to serve in the priestly line. 

God’s punishment came on Prophet Eli and his family. The lives of Hophni and Phinehas (Eli’s sons) were cut short as it happened that war broke out in Israel that claimed their lives. Eli also collapsed and died when he heard the news. 

The unfortunate event in Eli’s family accelerated Samuel’s position, and he became God’s ordained prophet and the judge of Israel. 

Samuel’s Growth and Leadership 

As Samuel grew and faithfully conveyed messages from God, it became obvious that God was working through him. He demonstrated great courage during his walk with God, as not seen in his boss, Prophet Eli. 

  • Samuel was not afraid to tell the truth of God’s word even when it was not convenient.
  • He successfully led the Israelites to defeat the Philistines, their enemies, and the land prospered under his watch.
  • Prophet Samuel was the one who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel after the people approached him and expressed their willingness to have a king. 

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Some Lessons from Prophet Samuel

  • Prophet Samuel obeyed God throughout his life, and there was no fault found with him. (It is noteworthy to mention that Samuel, out of all Israelites’ leader, had no flaw recorded about him).
  • As Christians, we must be bold and be firm in following God’s instructions, as this can be learned from Samuel, who did not hold back in telling his boss (Prophet Eli) everything that God was determined to do because of the sins of his family. 
  • Christians also must follow God’s instructions to the letter. Our decision to obey God may sometimes make us unpopular, but we still have an obligation to obey God anyway.

 

There are many more lessons to learn about Samuel as they are explained in details in the book Bible Giants of Faith.

Brace yourself for the next episode as we discuss Peter and the lessons we can learn from his life.

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THE CONDITION FOR FORGIVENESS

Jesus The Mystery Man – Episode 8

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In our previous post on “Jesus The Mystery Man,” we discussed how Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. While the lesson shouldn’t be applied as a vain repetition, every Christian supposed to consider it as a guide and source of motivation for forming their how own prayer pattern.

Readers also learned in the previous episode that one of the requirements of getting God to answer our prayers is by forgiving other people. Yes, this important statement has become the topic of discussion in this episode – Forgiveness!

Join us as we examine “Forgiveness” in the eighth chapter of the book Who Was Jesus, Really? – Book One.

Do you think you’re perfect? I won’t imagine that. Are you looking for a perfect person, you’re likely not going to find one either! No one is hundred percent righteous. We’ve wronged God, and we have wronged each other.

If you dare to check, you will find out you have wronged God more than once or times in the past. In the same train of thought, you have likely wronged your fellow human being; someone else must have wronged you too. So, forgiveness plays a vital role in solving the problem.

How can we handle the subject of forgiveness? To properly handle this, let’s consider the question that Peter asked his Master Jesus.

Peter, the most outspoken disciple, asked Jesus:  “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21).

Jesus shocked Peter (and other disciples) with his response, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22).

Of course, we know it is not possible for someone to offend a friend (or an enemy) for 490 times – That’s just a long time for any individual to repeat the same offense to his neighbor!

Jesus was telling his disciples, including you and me, to forgive those who have offended us no matter how frequent it is or how painful it is.

Why would someone forgive others?

Jesus Christ gave an answer to that. He taught us in the Lord’s Prayer,

“(God please) Forgive us our debts (offenses) as we forgive others of their debts (offenses).

Again, Jesus taught his disciples, “If you want God, whom you sin against often, to forgive your sins, then think about it – You must forgive your brother or sister who has offended you.

Jesus made the topic of forgiveness so easy for us to understand. He clarified that prayer alone is not enough to earn anyone forgiveness, you must also forgive others if you want God to forgive your offenses to him.

The book Who Was Jesus, Really – Book One? is indeed an invaluable book with many treasures of truth to understand about Jesus Christ. While chapter eight of book one that we discussed here is the last part, the next episode will unveil the beginning of series two – Who Was Jesus, Really – Book Two.

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JESUS THE MYSTERY BABY – Episode-1

A Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? By James Taiwo.

Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God has all good attributes to his honor. Not only was his birth miraculous, but his life itself is also an inspiration and a wonder. As many know it from the Bible, a virgin girl who once lived in Nazareth was known to be a very good woman who loved God.

She was planning to get married to Joseph – her fiancé – when an angel of God appeared to her to tell her about how she would get pregnant without a man. Imagine how possible!

Gabriel visited Mary

Mary who was a woman of faith believed God could do anything he promised, and so she agreed with the angel and expected the miracle baby.

Unfortunately, having a baby without being married would be difficult for Mary and her reputation in society especially since many people knew her as a virgin.

Mary had more things to worry about. Joseph, Mary’s fiancé, who has been planning for their wedding heard the news of her pregnancy and was disappointed.

Joseph, being a good man, secretly planned to break up with Mary so that the public would not know about it.

God saved Mary’s relationship with Joseph! God’s angel (Gabriel) visited Joseph and told him what actually happened.

He told Joseph that Mary was honest and she was carrying a miracle child. God also told Joseph not to view the baby as illegitimate but care for both the boy and his mother.

Joseph believed the word of God that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. He didn’t cancel the wedding but made it happen as planned.

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What this shows about these two parents of Jesus is their virtue and faith in God. Despite what they think is usual or acceptable, they chose to be a vessel for God’s working, even if it means public shame to both of them.

Giving birth to the baby early would imply to the society that Joseph and Mary had been immoral before their legal wedding, but they didn’t care.

Luckily, the baby did come and was one of the brightest children in the world. I am yet to tell you about how his conception was prophesied earlier by the prophet that lived before him.

This series will continue, and in the next episode, you will learn more about the mystery baby called Jesus Christ.

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