Tag: Covenant

Don’t Stay At Shiloh!

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. 1 Samuel 1:18

Hannah had not been eating and she had been sad (v. 7). But now she had poured out her heart to God, and had entered into a covenant with Him, and she trusted Him for the answer to her prayer. Notice that she did not run up to Shiloh every day and “agonize” and pray the same prayer over and over. It would have looked very religious, but it would have been rankest unbelief. Instead she “went her way, and did eat,” and resumed a normal life, “and her countenance was no more sad.” She did not live in alternate hope and fear, she lived happily with a glad face. Some of us need sorely to learn a lesson from Hannah. It is no mark of piety to return to Shiloh every day fasting and weeping. Faith settles with God and then eats a good dinner and goes its way looking happy, not hoping but believing. Nervous, uncertain souls, forever begging God, are really unbelievers. Faith takes His Word for it and lives normally and happily.

Don’t stay at Shiloh! Go your way, eat, and smile!

by Vance Havner

The Temple Mount

Don McGee 90x115by Don McGee

There is no place on this planet that is more fiercely contested than those few acres of land located on the east side of the old city of Jerusalem above the Kidron Valley.  Christians and Jews call it "The Temple Mount", because that is where the two ancient Jewish temples were located.  The Arabs call it "Haram Ash-Sharif", because in the religion of Islam that is the place from which Mohammed ascended into heaven.  As the dispute continues the weight of world opinion is with the Arabs and, they obviously exploit that endorsement at every opportunity.

The Temple Mount is frequently the scene of Moslem attacks upon Jews praying at the Western Wall.  Further, hate-filled sermons which are delivered in the Al-Aqsa mosque at the southern end of the mount are often used to incite Arab violence against Jews.