Lessons from the Life of Samuel the Prophet II

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Lessons from the Life of Samuel the Prophet II. Recap. Listening to the God’s calling Speaking the unpleasant truth to Eli Considered other people’s sin as his own God is the King – He is our security Praying for the people even after they reject him. More Lessons.
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Lessons from the Life ofSamuel the Prophet II Recap
  • Listening to the God’s calling
  • Speaking the unpleasant truth to Eli
  • Considered other people’s sin as his own
  • God is the King – He is our security
  • Praying for the people even after they reject him.
  • More Lessons
  • Wisdom and authority come from God alone
  • Give God what He wants, not what we think will please Him
  • Handling disappointments and unmet expectations
  • Focusing on the outward appearance
  • 1. Wisdom and Authority come from God alone
  • 1 Samuel 3:19So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
  • He spoke with authority and wisdom
  • Whatever he said came to pass
  • Elijah on Mt. Carmel
  • Earthly vs. Heavenly Wisdom
  • James 3:13-17Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
  • Earthly Wisdom
  • Bitter envy
  • Self-seeking
  • Boasting
  • Lying
  • Confusion
  • Priorities are wrong. Why would you buy a house that’s about to be destroyed or invest in a company that is about to go bankrupt?
  • Heavenly Wisdom
  • Pure – Not defiled by the world or the influences of the world. “My kingdom is not of this world”
  • Peaceable – Values peace between people and God more than anything else
  • Gentle – Patient and gentle in correcting others and dealing with other’s weaknesses
  • Willing to yield – Willing to yield to the desires and opinions of others, even if we disagree
  • Heavenly Wisdom
  • Full of mercy – Willing to forgive and have compassion on sinners and the less fortunate
  • Good Fruits – Evident from our behavior and the life we lead
  • Without partiality – Does not judge based on external appearances, but on the heart
  • Without hypocrisy – Sincere, not just for show
  • 2. Give God what He wants, not what we think will please Him
  • 1 Samuel 15:3 - God says to Saul through Samuel:
  • “Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.”
  • What does Saul do?
  • 1 Samuel 15:7-9And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.
  • Samuel confronts Saul
  • 1 Samuel 15:13 Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the LORD! I have performed the commandment of the LORD.”
  • Why does Saul think he obeyed God’s command?
  • Samuel confronts Saul
  • 1 Samuel 15:14-15But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?” And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”
  • Samuel confronts Saul
  • 1 Samuel 15:18-22Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?” And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.” So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
  • Misconceptions
  • Sacrifices do not add to God’s greatness but are an atonement for sin. So how can I atone for sin by disobeying God?
  • Placing our judgments equal with God’s – or thinking our ways are equal with His
  • What did Saul gain by making the sacrifices?
  • Hiding sin under a mask of godliness - Winning the lottery and giving to the poor
  • Thinking that God will overlook sins we commit because of all the “good things” we do
  • Obedience with humility even when what we are asked to do doesn’t make sense. Pewsexample.
  • The importance of obedience (parents, bosses, etc)
  • 3. Handling disappointments
  • Samuel was excited about Saul being King
  • 1 Samuel 10:23-24So they ran and brought him from there; and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”
  • Samuel disillusioned
  • 1 Samuel 15:10Now the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying, “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night.
  • Great expectations
  • Idea or plan of how we think things should be and they do not work out
  • We do not see things as they really are
  • Wrong idea that makes us think that this is in our best interest
  • Samuel was disappointed because he felt that his judgments were correct
  • Something better
  • We experience disappointment because we don’t have vision or faith to trust that God will provide something better
  • Examples:
  • Moses after killing the Egyptian
  • Moses after the people’s response to him after the workload increased (Ex 5)
  • Disciples after the crucifixion
  • Something better
  • 1 Samuel 16:1Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”
  • As though Samuel knew better than God, he mourned for what he considered a loss, but God knowing the end of the story saw it as a gain
  • We should realize that God’s knowledge is greater than our own
  • God provides hope in our times of disappointments
  • 4. Focusing on the outward appearance
  • 1 Samuel 10:23-24So they ran and brought him from there; and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”
  • Saul’s height qualified him to be king?
  • Outward appearances
  • A King from the house of Jesse
  • 1 Samuel 16:6-7So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before Him!” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
  • David was last of his brothers to be considered as a possible king, but God chose him
  • Outward appearances
  • Physical appearance
  • Possessions
  • Position
  • Intelligence
  • Achievements
  • Family
  • How does God consider a man?
  • Intentions of the heart
  • Willingness to obey
  • Humility
  • Penitence
  • Sincerity
  • Hatred of sin
  • Was David the best choice?
  • Fearlessly slays Goliath
  • Obeys Saul even when Saul tries to kill him
  • Does not make use of an opportunity to kill Saul
  • Cared of Saul’s handicapped son after Saul’s death
  • Man after God’s own heart
  • Christ came from his lineage
  • Wrote many psalms that prophesied the coming of Christ and other events
  • Conclusion
  • Wisdom and authority come from God alone
  • Give God what He wants, not what we think will please Him
  • Handling disappointments and unmet expectations
  • Focusing on the outward appearance
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