Earthly King, or Heavenly Saviour? 1 Samuel 8:1-22

Text:  When Jesus therefore perceived (understood) that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.
John 6:15.

Good morning, Christian subject!  Not for you the mere physical bowing to an earthly king.  Not for you, nor I, the giving of worship and reverence  to persons of high office, rank, or reputation.  We give all due respect to such mortals, but we worship and seek to serve King Jesus, the Son of the Living Lord God, alone. 

We have a Heavenly Saviour - Christ the Crucified - as our true Sovereign, Saviour, Redeemer and Lord.  Christ, for us, is the King of all kings, and the Lord of all lords.  Hallelujah, King Jesus!  We love you!

Our text from Johns Gospel today, if looked at with our Bible reading from the 1st Book of Samuel, chapter 8 reveals, in all its true reality, the difference between being subjects of an earthly king, or servants of a Heavenly Saviour.

In our given reading, Gods chosen prophet Samuel had grown old; he had made his sons judges over Israel; and his sons had proven themselves totally unworthy of their positions - ’…his sons walked not in his (Samuels) ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgement.  (V.3)

So often we see a similar pattern throughout Holy Scriptures, Elis sons committed exactly the same type of sins.  (1 Samuel 2:12-17)

Christians are not naturally born of Christian parents - Christians are ’…born again…’ of the Spirit of God.  The natural cannot inherit the Supernatural!  We must lead our children to Christ for His Salvation!

But as many as received Him (Christ Jesus), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name; which were born, NOT of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  (John 1:12-13)

Being born again, NOT of corruptible seed (natural birth), but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  (1 Peter 1:23)

When the five thousand men and countless other women and children whom Christ had just fed with the loaves and fishes lunch of a boy saw this Divine act of miraculous creation - they desired to take Christ by force and make Him their king.  Therefore, the Lord Jesus ‘…departed again into a mountain Himself alone. (John 6:15)

The Christ did not come to be made a mere earthly king among men - Christ came specifically to live a sinless life; to reveal the works of Almighty God; to suffer for our sins upon a cruel Cross; to make a full Atonement for sin; to die an infinite death; and to rise victorious over death in order to justify all those whom the Father had given Him to save, yeah, from before the foundation of the world.  Gods Eternal Son would be no mere earthly king!

Sacrifice and offering Thou (God the Father) didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened; burnt offering and sin offering (meat sacrifices) hast Thou not required.  Then (in Eternity) said I (Christ Jesus, God the Son) Lo, I come; in the volume of the book (our Bible) it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O My God; yea, Thy law is within My heart.  (Psalm 40:6-8)

God came to us in bodily form, He was incarnated for us in the form of Christ Jesus.  He came to fulfil the Eternal Purpose of God the Father - to suffer and die to pay the ransom price for multitudes of vile Hell-deserving sinners like you and like me.  No earthly king could have finished this work.

Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of youHim, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have Crucified and slain; Whom God hath raised upbecause it was not possible that He should be holden of it (Death).  (Acts 2:22-24) 

Hallelujah!  We do not serve an earthly king - we serve a risen Saviour!

Our Bible reading in 1st Samuel today informs us how earthly kings treat their subjects.  (1 Samuel 8:11-18)  Is this what you desire from your king?

King Jesus, the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords, the Prince of Heavens glory; the fairest among ten thousand; the glory of all the Heavens and earth - came to GIVE you and I life, love, joy - and that more abundant!

Thought:  Choose ye this day whom ye will serve - Caesar or the Saviour, Jesus Christ?  As for me and my house, we shall serve the risen Lord!

'...That Prophet...' Isaiah 52:1-15

Text:  Then those men (the five thousand just fed), when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth THAT PROPHET that should come into the world.
John 6:14.
   “Therefore My people (the Jewish Nation) shall know My Name; therefore they shall know in that day that I AM He that doth speak; behold, it is I.
Isaiah 52:6.

Good morning, waiting Christian!  Since the day that the Lord God enlightened you to know the truth; since the day that God the Spirit quickened your dead spirit to receive faith to know and to trust in the Christ of God - you have been waiting for the Second Coming of your Saviour Lord.  Praise God it is so!  You will not be disappointed, nor taken by surprise on that great day of Christs Second Coming.  Glory to the Lamb, Christ Jesus!

But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  (Matthew 24:37)

Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  (Matthew 24:44)

At the time of Christs miraculous feeding of the five thousand plus hungry souls, the entire Jewish Nation had been waiting for the coming of their well-prophesied Messiah - the One who would come to bring them Salvation, with signs and wonders accompanying His words.  (John 14:11)

Thousands of years had passed since the first established promise of Israels true Redeemer King.

The Seed of the Woman: The Genesis promise of Redemption from the Curse of sin was well written and established and extensively taught in the synagogues throughout all Israel.  The Lord had promised that there would be ‘…enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (Israel in the form of the virgin Mary), and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head (Satan), and thou shall bruise His heel (Calvary).  (Genesis 3:15)

The miraculous birth of Christ Jesus to a young Jewish woman who had never ever had sexual relations with a man, should have spurred the entire Jewish Nation into instant praise to God for the fulfillment of His promise to them - but that was not the case!  (Isaiah 53:1-3) (John 12:38-43)

The unbelief of the Jewish Nation sent the long awaited Messiah Jesus to a cruel Cross, and a majority of their own souls into a Christ-rejecters Hell. 

Their actions proved their total unbelief.  The Lord had promised the Jews a sign, and He always fulfills His promise.  But they would not, could not, believe.

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His Name Immanuel (God with us)  (Isaiah 7:14)

Scripture Prophecies Fulfilled:   The Messiah that was to come to the Jewish Nation would be clearly able to preach the Gospel (Good News of Salvation) to the poor; heal the broken hearted; preach deliverance to the captives (of sin); recover the sight of the blind; to free those that were bruised by the Curse of God against all Adamic sin and transgressions of the Law of Moses. (Isaiah 61:1-2)

The Lord Jesus Christ showed time and time again His Divine ability to do all of these things and more - yet, the Jews still refused to believe and receive His offered deliverance.  They had no true faith to do so.  (Hebrews 4:2)

For by grace and ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;  it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Christs Public Revelation:  If the Lord Jesus working of Divine miracles was not enough, He then went on to actually declare His coming, publicly, among the religious leaders, during the Sabbath Day service.  (Luke 4:13-21)

The result?  ‘…All they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust Him out of the city, and led Him unto the brow of a hillthat they might cast Him down headlong.  (Luke 4:28-29)

Christ Jesus was clearly ‘…that prophet that should come into the world.; He was more - He was the Son of God, and He was God the Son Himself!  Yet, denying the evidence of their very own eyes - they caused Him to be scourged then taken as a Lamb to Calvary and nailed to a cruel Cross. 

Thought:  Are YOU and I seriously expecting Christs 2nd Coming?  If so, therefore, be ye ready!  He comes as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  Hallelujah!

Give it to Jesus - NOW! John 6:7-13

Text:  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete (weigh out to give ) withal it shall be measured to you again.
                                                                                                             Luke 6:38.
          And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lords hand waxed short?  Thou shalt see now whether My Word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
Numbers 11:23.

Good morning, giving Christian!  The Lord has blessed you with a generous spirit of continual cheerful giving.  You have sought faithfully to give what you have towards His Kingdom constantly and - as a direct consequence - you are never found wanting in any good thing.  Praise God for giving Christians!  The Lord God bless you and reward you abundantly!

But this I (Paul the apostle) say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  Every man/woman according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you…”  (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

Todays Journey in Johns Gospel finds Jesus and His disciples faced with the humanly impossible task of physically feeding ‘…a great company…’ of hungry people, who had no doubt travelled far in order to hear Christ Jesus speak.  How did the disciples handle such a mammoth task?

The Lord tested Philips faith first, and Philip responded as many of us today would naturally respond - he crunched the numbers and, humanly speaking, came to a logical conclusion:  Two hundred pennyworth of bread in not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.  (V.7)

Isnt this just like you and me? We try to handle day to day situations and problems in a similar manner - we immediately apply logical thinking.

The apostle Andrews faith was also being tested in this situation, and he responded in a different manner, with a little more Christian faith and a little less human logic:  There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes; but what are they among so many?  (V.9)

Andrew was trying to practice more faith, but in the end his logical human mind found it difficult to imagine what the Lord could do with so little provision.  Mans impossibility is Gods opportunity to do the miraculous.

How could the contents of a boys lunch meet the great needs of over five thousand tired and hungry people?

Note also at this point that, nothing could have been done to solve the problem of this hungry multitude IF, first, the boy had not been willing to give up his own personal provisions!  The boy was willing to share his resources, otherwise no great miracle could begin to be achieved!

Let us therefore ask ourselves the questions:  Are we as willing to give of our personal resources that the cause of Christ might be furthered?  Is our personal reluctance to share our God-given resources - with worthwhile Christian causes - a very real hindrance to the Lord God Who has given us these resources in the first instance?  Sobering thoughts, what?

When the resources - ’…five barley loaves, and two small fishes…’ - were identified by the disciples, and willingly given by the young boy, the Lords Divine direction came immediately.  And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. (V.10)

Without Divine direction and Godly organization we cannot commence any project of charitable giving - we are to be wise stewards of the Lords resources.  The world is full of money-grabbing con-men, my friends.  Be wise!

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test, discern) the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the worldHereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  (1 John 4:1-6)

Five thousand ‘…men sat down…’ in direct obedience to the Lord Jesus command. (V.10)  Without obedience to the Lord God, no miracle is possible.

Jesus, the Creator Lord God, took materials and recreated them in multiples by His Almighty power.  ‘…Five barley loaves, and two small fishes…’ fed five thousand men - AND all the women and children in addition to this number!  Hallelujah!  Try counterfeiting that one, Mr T.V. Evangelist!

Thought:  Gather up these fragments of Spiritual wisdom and GIVE as unto the Lord God.  You are in partnership with Him, dear friend.