“The lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; upon them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the Lord will be shattered. He will thunder against them from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. ‘He will give strength to h is king and exalt the horn of his anointed.’” (1st Samuel2:6-10)
The concept of death in the old Testament is largely of something fearful and foreboding. The issues of life and death are in God’s hand. This may be all this passage intended to say.
Only a few Old Testament passages clearly set forth a resurrection hope. The language here is quite compatible with later biblical passages on death and resurrection for individuals. The death of the wicked was seen as a silencing in darkness.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, the major difference between the believers and unbelievers is hope, with the unbelievers having no hope by choice. Abba, all of us have been given the gift of salvation, but some choose a different path that will lead them to a true understanding of having no hope at all. For those who have accepted You through our Lord Jesus, hope is the free gift from You to us. For me and my family, we have accepted this gift and seek to live our lives to serve Your purposes through our actions with others, that honor our relationship. For those who had not accepted You, I pray every single day, they will turn to You and accept Your gift. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Serving God tomorrow won’t help you today.”
“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? I will have no compassion.” (Hosea 13:14)
“Grave” (Hebrew – She’ol) is the ream of the dead. The idea of destruction, despair, and desolation is often associated with She’ol. There God’s purpose is lost but not His presence (Psalm 139:). The ultimate despair would be to be where God is but be unable to know Him. In this text God promised to rescue the dead nation Israel from She’ol, rather than individuals. Even death cannot destroy its victims if God chooses otherwise. The Old Testament concept of She’ol found it way into the New Testament in the idea of Hades, where it appears as the intermediate abode of the wicked dead and where torment could be experienced. Some interpreters believe that because the nation was made up of individuals, the promise about resurrection here can be applied to believing individuals
In 14:9 one could say that God’s wisdom helps people perceived that His way is the best way for us to live. Wisdom would lead us to read God’s Inspired Word; therefore, live by it. However, God’s righteous ones not only read scripture, they pattern their lives by it, reflecting God’s character. Thus the prophet’s message is summarized as a call to righteous living. It begins, however, with a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. God allowed His Son to come to this earth to gain better understanding of human beings; He allowed His Son to die on the Cross for our sins; He resurrected His Son, to reveal His grace and mercy for all of us. Reading alone is a beginning, but it is righteous living our lives, that reveals to God our heartfelt actions towards our fellow human beings.
“I told you that you would die in your sins, if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.” (John8:24)
Failure to believe Jesus is God who became flesh and solved our sin and guilt problem is to believe Jesus is a fraud and a liar. Believing Jesus was just a good man or great teacher contradicts everything Jesus stood for.
The death of unbelievers is a death in sins. The failure to believe in Jesus leaves sins unforgiven. Such a death is one of eternal hopelessness.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Jesus asked the boy’s father, ‘How long has he been like this?’ “From childhood,’ he answered. ‘It has often thrown him into fie or water too kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.’ ‘If you can?’ said Jesus.
Every thing is possible for him who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. ‘You deaf and mute spirit,’ he said, ‘I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.’The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, ‘He’s dead.’ But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.” (Mark9:21-27)
Jesus’ disciples took him aside and asked him why they could not get rid of the spirit, as they had tried. In short, Jesus told them they must pray before doing anything, reinforcing their belief. Prayer, not personal power, is essential for miracles. The disciples had the power once to cast out demons, but they could not take that power for granted and should have prayed beforehand to God in faithfulness
Jesus attributed His authority to power with God in prayer and invited disciples to share that power. Demonic power can never overcome Jesus’ authority. It may overcome Christians weak faith and lack of prayer. Prayer is the path to power. The father questioned Jesus’ power and authority, because he had no or little faith, which made him question Jesus’ abilities. Unbelief takes no action, for it believes in nothing. Clear?