Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 23, 2015

The Remnant and Reformed Doctrine “will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 22.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“11 Then the king sent someone to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father’s household, the priests who were in Nob;  and all of them came to the king.  12 Saul said, “Listen now, son of Ahitub.”  And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.”  13 Saul then said to him, “Why have you and the son of Jesse conspired against me, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he would rise up against me by lying in ambush as it is this day?”

14 Then Ahimelech answered the king and said, “And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, even the king’s son-in-law, who is captain over your guard, and is honored in your house?  15 Did I just begin to inquire of God for him today?  Far be it from me! Do not let the king impute anything to his servant or to any of the household of my father, for your servant knows nothing at all of this whole affair.”  16 But the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s household!”  17 And the king said to the guards who were attending him, “Turn around and put the priests of the Lord to death, because their hand also is with David and because they knew that he was fleeing and did not reveal it to me.”  But the servants of the king were not willing to put forth their hands to attack the priests of the Lord.  18 Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn around and attack the priests.” A nd Doeg the Edomite turned around and attacked the priests, and he killed that day eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.  19 And he struck Nob the city of the priests with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and infants;  also oxen, donkeys, and sheep he struck with the edge of the sword.

20 But one son of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David.  21 Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord.  22 Then David said to Abiathar, “I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul.  I have brought about the death of every person in your father’s household.  23 Stay with me;  do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life, for you are safe with me.”  1 Samuel 22:11-23.


We are shocked at the action of Saul in not only killing Ahimelech but also killing all the others in Nob:  priests, other men, women, even children and infants, with the exception of Abiathar who escaped and fled after David.  It helps us to understand the depth of evil through “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Are things out of God’s control? 

No, God preserved a remnant of the priests, Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech.  We see God preserving remnants of Israel through history.

Abiathar was led to truly rely on David who said in the concluding verse of today’s Scripture:  “Stay with me;  do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life, for you are safe with me.”  Verse 23.  And, we see other remnants “… will truly on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.”  Isaiah 10:20.   

“Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved;  for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly.”  Romans 9:27-28.

“20 Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
22 For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea,
Only a remnant within them will return;
A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.”  Isaiah 10:20-22.

In conclusion, other doctrine continues to rely on man and the alleged free-will of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine truly relies on the LORD from the beginning to the end, from “Unconditional Election” through “Preservation of the Saints” (and in between “Limited Atonement” and “Irresistible Grace”) all of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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