1 Samuel

The Empty Place: A Christmas Day Sermon

Jun 22

The Empty Place: A Christmas Day Sermon   “And David’s place was empty.” — 1 Samuel xx. 25.   THERE may be much to learn from an empty place. The world thinks much of the places which have been emptied through the home-going of its celebrated men. Those who have served the world are remembered by it; those who …

1 Samuel:20:25

Samuel and the Young man Saul

Jun 22

Samuel and the Young man Saul    “And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may show thee the word of God.” — 1 Samuel ix. 27.   THIS was Samuel’s third …

1 Samuel:9:27

A Woman of a Sorrowful Spirit

Jun 22

A Woman of a Sorrowful Spirit    “Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit.” — 1 Samuel i. 15.   THE special cause of Hannah’s sorrow arose from the institution of polygamy, which, although it was tolerated under the old law, is always exhibited to us in practical action as a …

1 Samuel:1:15

The Empty Seat

Jun 22

The Empty Seat    “David’s place was empty.”— 1 Samuel xx. 27.   IT was quite right that David’s place should be empty, because Saul sought to slay him, and he could not safely sit in the presence of an enemy who had twice before cast a javelin at him to “smite him even to the wall with it.” …

1 Samuel:20:27

Obedience Better than Sacrifice

Jun 22

Obedience Better than Sacrifice   “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22.   SAUL had been commanded to slay utterly all the Amalekites and their cattle. Instead of doing so, he preserved the king, and suffered his people to take the best of the oxen and of the …

1 Samuel:15:22

The Child Samuel’s Prayer

Jun 22

The Child Samuel's Prayer   “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.”—1 Samuel 3:9.   IN the days of Eli the word of the Lord was precious, and there was no open vision. It was well when the word did come, that one chosen individual had the hearing ear to receive it, and the obedient heart to perform it. Eli …

1 Samuel:3:9

Dagon’s Ups and Downs

Oct 29

DAGON’S UPS AND DOWNS. “When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in …

1 Samuel:5:2-4

David’s First Victory

Dec 08

David’s First Victory     “So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.” — 1 Samuel xvii. 50.   *“This date is an approximation of when this sermon was delivered.”   A CAREFUL perusal of the whole chapter will well …

1 Samuel:17:50

The Statute of David for the Sharing of the Spoil

Jun 07

The Statute of David for the Sharing of the Spoil   “And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and …

1 Samuel:30:21-25

Is God in the Camp?

Apr 09

Is God in the Camp?   “And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.”— 1 Samuel iv. 7.   ISRAEL was out of gear with God. The people had forgotten the Most High, and had gone aside to …

1 Samuel:4:7