Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that just as the DONKEYS were LOST - SAUL was "LOST 2".

”LOST 2”

19 March 2006

1 Samuel 9:3-6; 17-20; 10:9 (RSV)


U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

CP Walker, Taegu South Korea

BIG IDEA: Every believer needs to know that there is great JOY in the HEART of GOD when someone who was LOST is FOUND.

REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 9:1-27; Matthew 6:21 (Where your treasure is there your heart is also); 1 Samuel 10:1-17; Deut. 17:15 (God has in the law undertakens for the people of Israel to choose their King); Luke 15:1-7 (Parable of the Lost Sheep); Luke 15:8-10 (Parable of the LOST COIN); These two are called twin stories; Luke 15:11-32 (Parable of the LOST SON); Genesis 42:26 (Donkeys were used for bearing burdens); Isaiah 30:6,24 (Donkeys were highly used when they were young, because they were valued for their labor; Genesis 36:24; 1 Samuel 9:3;

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: 1 Samuel 9:3-6; 17-20; 10:9

II. READ THE PERICOPE: 1 Samuel 9:36; 17-20; 10:9

III. READ THE TEXT: 1 Samuel 10:9 (RSV): And it was so, that, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all of those signs came to pass that day.

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others that just as the Donkeys were LOST – Saul was “LOST 2”..


INTRODUCTION: “May I have your attention please? May I have your attention Please?” The Lord spoke to me about 0500 this morning and He instructed me to make the following announcement: “In you are in here today, you will know that I’m alking directly to you if -

a. You have recently LOST someone close to you within the past 3 days.

b. If you have LOST anything of value within the last 3 DAYs: keys, money, books, phone numbers, or anything - Please stand in the ISLE.

c. If you recently, within the past 3 days - FELT pretty confident that you’re LOST parts/aspects of your marriage.

Now, I’m requesting that all persons currently seated on the FIRST ROW move back to ROW 2. Everyone that is standing in the ISLE should be seated on ROW 1.

*********************Take 5 Beats ********************

MOVE 1: Most of you are probably already aware that the most common biblical use of the WORD “LOST” is indicative of the unsaved, and the image of Jesus’ Parable of the LOST Sheep may even come to mind.

a. The word LOST is more often used in the Old Testament and the New Testament to refer to STRAYING believers rather than of those who have no relationship with the LORD.

b. Likewise, today, we believe that there is great JOY in the HEART of GOD when someone who was lost is found;

c. Therefore, we contend, today, that just as Saul Father’s DONKEYS were LOST – SAUL was spiritually “LOST 2”.

d. In other words, what we have in our scripture today is an example of the old axiom – “The Blind Looking for The Blind.”

*********************TAKE 5 BEATS*********************

MOVE 2: For you see, my brothers and my sisters, Saul and his servant had looked everywhere they knew to look. But, they couldn’t find the DONKEYS.

a. They searched the field – but NO DONKEYS;

b. They searched the mountains – where DONKEYS were known to look for food but still – no DONKEYS.

c. 3 Days they searched and traveled through 3 cities and still they could not FIND the burden-bearers; the heavy load carriers.

d. Therefore, I submit to you today that there are 3 reasons WHY they couldn’t find the DONKEYS:

**********************TAKE 3 BEATS*******************

MOVE 3: The FIRST reason why they couldn’t find the DONKEYS is because GOD HAD NEED OF SAUL.

a. God wanted to use SAUL to lead, protect, and defend ISAREL.

b. But, God also refuse to use SAUL in the condition that he was in.

c. For you see … SAUL was selfish and fleshly and he was not accustomed to thinking about the well-being of anyone else BUT HIMSELF.

d. I submit to you, today, that God had Saul’s Father DONKEYS hid from their NATURAL EYE.

e. Think about it … HOW CAN YOU LOOSE something as BIG AS DONKEYS ?

f. I mean … we’re not talking a diamond ear-ring; but we’re talking about BIG DONKEYS … and they couldn’t see them!

g. They couldn’t SEE THE OBVIOUS …

h. All of which, reminds me of what happened … last week … when we loss Major Auvil.

i. For don’t you remember … (Explain the loss and how you were LOST 2”)

*******************Take 5 Beats **********************

MOVE 4: My brothers and sisters …God caused Kish (Saul’s father) to send SAUL and SAUL’s Servant on a search for his DONKEYS.

a. Now, my brothers and my sisters … sometimes there are certain people and things that are in our lives, which we trust to carry the weight and the burdens for us.

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