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Summary: How God uses the least of people for His purposes

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TITLE: From Nobody to Nobility

TEXT: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

INTRO: The leader of a nation has an awesome responsibility. He can unite or divide the people. He can build up or tear down the nation. He can be cruel or compassionate. In other nations the people have no choice who their leader will be, but we have the privilege and responsibility to choose our leader. Whatever choice we make, both the people and the leader will someday answer to God. Today, we look at two leaders: One turned his back on God, the other wanted nothing more than to please God.

I. SAUL A REBELLIOUS KING (v.1)

A. Began With Great Promise

1. He was handsome, athletic, tall, appeared to be humble

2. Outwardly had everything the people were looking for

# How many times have you read in the paper about

someone in a place of responsibility who seemed to

have all the right qualities... but then you see that

reason their name is in the paper is because they

betrayed the trust that was placed in them?

3. Power corrupts & Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

B. His Life Ended in Disaster

1. His heart was not right with God

2. God forgive those who confess their sin

(1Jn. 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just

to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all

unrighteousness.

3. When Saul was confronted with his sin, he did not

repent & God removed him from his place

II. SAMUEL, AN AWESOME MAN

A Faithful Servant of God

1. Samuel was a miracle child

2. Last of the Judges, a Prophet & a Priest

3. He was held in awe by the people (v.4)

B. He Anointed Kings the First Kings of Israel

1. He had anointed Saul

2. After rejecting Saul, God sent Samuel to anoint

someone after His own heart

3. He told Samuel where to look but not who He had

chosen

4. Jesse brought out his sons but forgot David

5. David was just a Nobody tending the sheep (v.11)

(1Co 1:27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty

C. The Anointing (vs.12-13)

1. In the OT, the practice of anointing by pouring oil on the head was used for Prophets, Priests, and Kings.

2. In the NT, Anointing expresses the sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit upon Christians who are priests and kings unto God.

III. DAVID, A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART

A More Written about David than any other character in OT

1. God said about him, (Act 13:22b) "...I have found

David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart,

which shall fulfil all my will."

2. God took a Nobody & made him Nobility

3. David went from the Pasture to the Palace.

B. Why He Was He Called After God's Own Heart?

1. He prayed,

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and

know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked

way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

(Psa 139:23-24)

2. He was not perfect & committed some grievous sins

3. But when confronted with his sins, he repented &

wrote Psalm 51, one of the most beautiful of all.

(v.4) Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.


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