Hungry Men for Renewal # 2

1 Samuel 7:1-13
(1) And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took the ark of the LORD and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD. {2} And it came about from the day that the ark remained at Kiriath-jearim that the time was long, for it was twenty years; and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

1. Why did they consecrate a person to keep the ark? v 1-2

        a. It had a lot of monetary value.
        b. It represented the presence of God and was the keeping place for the written Law.
        c. They knew Indian Jones would come looking for it.
        d. There enemies were afraid of it.

2. What does the phrase "...Israel lamented after the Lord." mean? v 2 b

    a. The Israelites were cry babies.         b. Israel had a heart hungry for God.

    c. Israel was very serious about dealing with their sin.     d. Israel wanted a revival.

    Is there a need for such actions today? _________ When will they begin? __________________

{3} Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines." {4} So the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the LORD alone.

3. The return of the Lord meant the removal of what?

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4. If we have revival do you think we will have to remove anything? What? (can you share?)

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{5} Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you." {6} And they gathered to Mizpah, and drew water and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, "We have sinned against the LORD." And Samuel judged the sons of Israel at Mizpah.

5. Israel fasted for a day. What does that mean? v 6 a

    a. They all ran as fast as they could all day long.     b. They watched others run fast.
    c. They skipped meals in order to pray and focus on God even more.
    d. They skipped meals in order to lose weight.

    Have you ever fasted for spiritual reasons? ________ Discuss ________________________

6. Why do you think they confessed their sins? v 6 b

    a. When people fast for the right reason they become more aware of sin.
    b. They wanted revival and revival always brings a confession of sin.
    c. They got closer to God and His holiness causes one to confess sin.
    d. They liked to hear others confess because they liked to gossip.

{7} Now when the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered to Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the sons of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. {8} Then the sons of Israel said to Samuel, "Do not cease to cry to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines." {9} And Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it for a whole burnt offering to the LORD; and Samuel cried to the LORD for Israel and the LORD answered him. {10} Now Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, and the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day against the Philistines and confused them, so that they were routed before Israel. {11} And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as below Beth-car. {12} Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us." {13} So the Philistines were subdued and they did not come anymore within the border of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

7. What did revival teach Israel concerning their battles?
        a. They should trust in God not themselves.
        b. They were puny and needed to fear everyone.
        c. They had fasted and lamented so much they were to weak for battle.
        d. They needed the power of God to really be victorious.

8. Samuel placed a stone to remind people of God's past blessings and future possibilities.

    If you would place a stone for a reminder of God's blessing what would it represent.

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9. What were some of the results of this revival?

        a. The Lord took care of the Philistines.
        b. A godly leader who helped the people to follow God.
        c. Peaceful dealings within their cities.
        d. No more fasting.

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