Summary: Jealously is a door that invites the enemy into our lives.
Kingdom and Chaos
1st Samuel 18 – Saul’s Jealousy
March 10, 2019
1 Samuel 18:5-11 NIV
Whatever Saul sent him to do, David did it so successfully that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the people, and Saul's officers as well. 6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. 7 As they danced, they sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
8 Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. "They have credited David with tens of thousands," he thought, "but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?" 9 And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. 10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.
He heard something (v.7)
He became angry. (v.8)
He throws a spear to kill him. (v.11)
What we see or hear.
What we feel.
What we do.
James 3:14-16 NIV
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
The first murder in the Bible was because of jealousy (Cain and Abel)
Jealousy is a door that invites the enemy into our lives.
How do we know if we’re jealous?
1. Can I celebrate others when they’re successful?
Jonathan is the one who should have been jealous. His father was king, which meant he would be the successor. David got his spot!
V.3 - And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.
Envy is the sin of comparison.
Jealousy is a belief that God has not blessed us as we deserve.
2. Does someone always have to lose for me to win?
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice.”
How then should we live?
Celebrate when others succeed.
Be content and thankful.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”