Summary: If you won’t do what God tells you, He will find another, but...
This preacher wants to make a point so he devises a way to teach on object lesson.
He wants to have this man hit him and cause a bruise, so that he could fool the king of Israel.
The object lesson (v. 39-40):
I was in charge of a man under penalty of death.
> But, I got busy and he got away.
The king said, "If you were under penalty of death, then the sentence against you is clear."
> Why ask my counsel? You own words condemn you.
The lesson revealed (v. 41-42):
He revealed himself as one of the prophets, and told the king that he had also condemned himself.
> His own words condemned him.
But, I want to take my text from verse 37:
"Then he found another man..."
God Will Find Another
I. What Will Happen to You, If God Finds Another?
A. You will be Disobedient (v. 36a).
1. Obedience is not an option.
2. To obey is BETTER than sacrifice...
22 And Samuel said, Hath 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 HEARKEN THAN THE FAT OF RAMS.
23 For rebellion is AS THE SIN OF WITCHCRAFT, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
3. "Why call ye me Lord, and do not the things that I say?"
B. You will be Disrespectful (v. 35).
1. Carnally speaking, you cannot be forced to obey the preacher.
> The Preacher can only LEAD & WARN
> The watchman looks for coming danger and warns the people...
2. But in the end, you can REFUSE the instruction of God’s man (v. 35).
> He cannot make you serve God, only encourage you and warn you..
3. But, in so doing you disrespect the office of the man of God, and subsequently God also.
> "They have not rejected you, they have rejected me..."
C. You will be Destroyed (v. 36b).
1. He didn’t do some wicked, immoral crime.
> He wasn’t a murderer or an adulterer...
> All he did was not obey the request of his preacher!
2. Annanias and Saphira didn’t really do anything so very terrible.
> All they did was lie to the preacher.
> But you and your family will be destroyed.
II. Many Are Too Busy For God’s Work (v.40).
A. Over committed Christians.
1. Over committed financially.
> We get as much credit as we possibly can, and live on the very edge of our budget.
> We have no buffer with which to support the work of God.
2. Over committed physically.
> Involved in so many extra carnal things that we are too worn out to worship God.
3. Over committed emotionally.
> With so much going on, we never have time to sit and meditate on the things of God.
"While he was musing, the fire burned..."
We are TOO BUSY for God.
B. Something has got to be left out.
1. There is only so much time in the day.
> No matter how physically fit or spiritual you are, you still only have 24 hours in a day!
2. Your job, your family, your hobby, your entertainment... Your God!
> If you are over committed you will HAVE to leave something out!