Summary: The disobedience of King Saul and his rejection. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
Both the hummingbird and the vulture fly over the desert.
• All vultures see is rotting meat, because that is what they look for.
• They thrive on that diet.
• But hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals.
• Instead, they look for the colourful blossoms of desert plants.
• The vultures live on what was. They live on the past.
• They fill themselves with what is dead and gone.
• But hummingbirds live on what is. They seek new life.
• And they fill themselves with freshness and life.
• Point is - Each bird finds what it is looking for.
• And so do we all!
King Saul’s attitude was wrong:
• Like the vultures Saul was living on what was – that which was in the past!
• He himself was spiritually dead and therefore his spiritual experiences of God were dead!
• Because he no longer has any spiritual life and therefore help;
• He has and will commit a variety of sins;
• And these three sins would ultimately cost him the kingdom!
• The key word that you could write over 1 Samuel chapter 15 is Disobedience!
• In this chapter Saul seems to have one more chance to prove himself;
• But yet again Saul manages to blow it!
• In January 2006 a visitor to a British museum destroyed a set of priceless vases;
• The vases were from the Qing dynasty and were 300-years-old.
• The Daily Telegraph reported:
• The three Qing (‘q’ is pronounced as 'ch' - ching) vases,
• They were over 300 years old dating from the late 17th or early 18th century,
• And had stood on a windowsill for at least 40 years.
• Their prominent position made them among its best-known artefacts,
• The paper said.
• ‘The culprit who destroyed the vases was an unnamed man in his 40s’
• Steve Baxter, another visitor to the museum who saw the accident,
• Was quoted as saying:
• "We watched the man fall as if in slow motion.
• He landed in the middle of the vases and they splintered into a million pieces.
• He was still sitting there stunned when museum staff appeared.
• Everyone stood around in silence, as if in shock.
• Then the man started talking.
• He kept pointing to his shoelace and saying, ’There it is; that’s the culprit!’”
• Like that man King Saul was willing to blame anyone or anything for his failings,
• That is anyone but himself!
• Because of his disobedience, his breaking of God’s rules and his foolishness;
• King Saul lost three things.
(1). He lost his character (vs 1-21).
Key verses: 13-15:
“When Samuel reached him, Saul said, "The LORD bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions."
14 But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?"
15 Saul answered, "The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest."”