Text: 1 Samuel 7.13-17
Over twenty years pass for Israel without experiencing the favor of God or deliverance from oppression. When the Ark returns, Samuel steps up and God shows up. But Israel’s long-anticipated deliverance won’t truly come until God raises up a long-awaited son, who would be set apart for God, be found in the temple as a boy (Luke 2.46), grow up in wisdom and stature (Luke 2.52), and become a faithful prophet bringing deliverance to the people of God.
Samuel’s life and Israel’s deliverance foreshadows an even greater deliverance to come—the deliverance from sin. Hundreds of years later, God sends his own Son, Jesus, to grow up as a faithful prophet and become the sacrificial payment for sin: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6.23). Now, because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, each of us can experience eternal deliverance from sin.
When you humble yourself to receive God’s gracious gift, you can praise God as Paul did, “Thanks be to God who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7.25). Just as the Israelites agreed with God about their sin and called on Samuel to find God’s deliverance, call on the name of Jesus Christ today for your deliverance from sin. Then share your story by emailing dredford@adabible,org.