“THOSE WHO HONOR ME” (1 Samuel 2:27-33)
FBC Earlville 2-19-12 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
Today’s “Special”: “Ethel“
An elderly man lay in a hospital, with his wife of 55 years sitting at his bedside. “Is that you, Ethel, at my side again?” he whispered.
“Yes, dear,” she answered.
He softly said to her, “Remember years ago when I was in the Veteran’s Hospital? You were with me then. You were with me when we lost everything in a fire. And Ethel, when we were poor—you stuck with me then too.” The man sighed and said, “I tell you, Ethel, you are bad luck!”
Today’s passage has a 5 letter word that we may use a lot, but may be surprised that it’s original intent, it’s highest purpose, is to be used in reference to God.
To “honor” means to give the highest respect. We call judges, “Your Honor” as a means of respect. To place high. To give the place that only they deserve. To honor.
Israel needed to learn what it means. We need to learn how to apply it to our lives. PRAYER
- IT’S A FAMILY THING
- The encouraged heritage of Aaron, vs. 27,28
- The disgraced heritage of Eli, vs. 29-31a
- The potential to age “gracefully”, vs. 31b-33
- Gen. 21:7: “(Sarah) borne him a son in his old age.”
- Gen. 24:1: “(Abraham)..old, well advanced in age, the Lord had blessed Abe)… in all things”
- Gen. 25:8: “(Abe) breathed his last and died in a good old age, full of years…”
- Gen. 37:3: “Israel loved Joseph…because he was the son of his old age.”
- 2 Sam. 19:32: “Barzillai…aged man, eighty years old, he had provided the king with supplies.”
- 1 Kings 15:23: “Asa…in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.”
- Ps. 92:13,14: “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord…shall still bear fruit in old age…” How about us?
- IT’S AN HONOR THING, vs. 29-30
a. Who did Eli honor more than God? His sons!
b. Who will God honor if we honor Him? Us!
- How does God like to be honored?
- By honoring our parents (Ex. 20:12); by honoring the presence of the gray headed (Lev. 19:32); by honoring God with our possessions and our increase (Prov. 3:9,10); by exalting wisdom (Prov. 4:8); by regarding a rebuke (Prov. 13:18); by having mercy on the needy (Prov. 14:31); by the testing of our faith (1 Pet. 1:7)
* By our singing (Ps. 66:2); By our worship (Rev. 5:12, 13); by our seeing Him in the sanctuary (Ps. 96:6); extolling Him Who is clothed with honor (Ps.. 104:1); by our worship of the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 2:9)
Illus.: Eric Liddell, 1924 Olympic champion in Paris Eric, representing Great Britain, was training for the Olympics in the 100 meter dash. When he was advised that his heats would be on Sunday at the Olympics, he withdrew even though he was the favored to win. He said, “that is the Lord’s Day – I will rest on His day.” He was ridiculed greatly throughout the world, much less his nation, for that stand. He was invited to compete in the 400 meter dash, an event for which he had never competed. Just before the race, a friend handed him a note. It read in part, “The Old Book says, ‘those who honor Me, I will honor.” Eric ran like the wind, came in first place, setting a world record. He later was martyred as a missionary to China.
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