Devotionals by Raul Ries

TUESDAY February 19, 2019

A Cruel Covenant

Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabesh Gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.”  And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, “On this condition I will make a covenant with you, that I may put out all your right eyes, and bring reproach on all Israel.”
1 Samuel 11:1-2

Saul was now king of Israel, when Nahash the Ammonite man who oppressed the people of Jabesh. Interestingly, the name Nashah in the Hebrew languagemeans “serpent.” It is important to see the problems when different leaders rise to power. They want to conquer, dominate and rule. There were great power struggles––pride. In fear, the people of Jabesh were willing to make a covenant with Nahash. Acovenant was an “agreement, a contract or a binding promise.” The people of Jabesh were ready to compromise with Nahash just to have peace, not war.

Nahash was wicked and cruel. He agreed to make a covenant with the people of Jabesh, but in doing so, he wanted to cripple and maim the people. He wanted them to agree to pluck out their right eyes! In biblical times, the right hand was a sign of strength, in the same way, the right eye was considered to be more valuable than the left. When men fought in war, the right eye was the sharpest eye used in battle.

The people of Jabesh made no rush decision, they requested a week to think about Nahash’s unreasonable terms for peace. During that time, they would try to find support, perhaps an ally––someone to help them fight against Ammonites. They turned to men––what about God?

Understand our enemy––Satan, the great dragon, the serpent of old, the Devil (Revelation 12:9), always wants to cripple us. What is Satan’s cruel intent? He shows us no mercy, his goal is to seek to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).  We have a strong ally against him––God.

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
~1 John 4:4~

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'Somebody Loves You' program is designed to equip listeners with the necessary tools to live out their faith. 'Somebody Loves You' features Raul Ries' humorous, sensible and comprehensible teaching of God's Word.

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Raul Ries, 60, is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs and President of Somebody Loves You Ministries. After his miraculous conversion in 1971, Raul began to read and study the Bible extensively even though he had a limited education. In 1974 he began a home Bible study with seven other committed individuals. Soon, he started to preach and counsel youth during the noon hour at his former high school, Baldwin Park High. Calvary Chapel West Covina grew out of Raul's home fellowship, as well as his Kung-Fu studio, and was soon meeting weekly at an old converted Safeway store. In 1993, the congregation moved to Diamond Bar and occupied a 101,000 square-foot corporate building on 28 acres. Calvary Chapel Golden Springs (as it is now called) draws between 10,000 - 12,000 in attendance weekly.

Author of several books, including Fury to Freedom (the story of his early life and dramatic conversion), Raul Ries has also produced three films: Fury to Freedom (feature film dramatization of the book); A Quiet Hope (a riveting and stirring documentary detailing seven soldier's accounts of the Vietnam War and its aftermath); and A Venture in Faith (a documentary of the history of the Calvary Chapel movement).

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