THE POWER OF A BLOOD SACRIFICE: Apostle Emanu-el J. McKenzie


1 Samuel 7:5-11 (NKJV)

"And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you. 6 So they gathered together at Mizpah, drew water, and poured it out before the Lord. And they fasted that day, and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah. 7 Now when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel had gathered together at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8 So the children of Israel said to Samuel, Do not cease to cry out 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 as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. Then Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. 10 Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the Lord thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel."


1. Like fasting, pouring out the water was an act of self-denial as part of Israel’s confession.


Psalm 62:8 (NKJV)

"Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."

WHEN WE TRUST HIM HE WILL FIGHT FOR US:


Joshua 10:8,10-11 (NKJV)

"And the Lord said to Joshua, Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you. 10 So the Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. 11 And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword."


1. More die from the hand of the Lord than Br the hand of Israel.

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