Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to tothers that just as the Donkeys were LOSt - SAUL WAS LOST 2".

16 September 2007

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


U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

Ord Military Chapel

Seaside, CA

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; 1 Samuel 9:3 KJV And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses;

1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV (Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you).

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”..



I’m not sure if you’re aware of the fact that some of God’s most intelligent creatures are DONKEYS.

In fact, Donkeys have an undeserved reputation for stubbornness. They are in fact highly social and highly intelligent animals that make great pets. While Sheep are some of God’s dumbest creatures; Donkeys are some of God’s brightest animals.

Recently, while browsing the internet, I came across an Aesop’s Fable dubbed, “The Donkey and His Purchaser”:

According to the Fable:

A MAN wished to purchase a Donkey, and agreed with its owner that he should try out the animal before he bought him. He took the Donkey home and put him in the straw-yard with his other Donkeys, upon which the new animal left all the others and at once joined the one that was most idle and the greatest eater of them all. Seeing this, the man put a halter on him and led him back to his owner. On being asked how, in so short a time, he could have made a trial of him, he answered, "I do not need a trial; I know that he will be just the same as the one he chose for his companion."

A man is known by the company he keeps.

“May I have your attention … please?

Some time ago, the Lord spoke to me, and He instructed me to make the following announcement (please listen very carefully):

“If you are in here 2DAY, you will know that the LORD is speaking directly to you if -

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

b. You will know that the LORD is speaking directly to you … If you have LOST anything of value within the last 3 DAYS: someone you care for…, keys, money, books, phone numbers, glasses, or anything – In fact, if you have lost someone or something … Please stand in the ISLE.

c. You will know that the LORD is speaking directly to you 2DAY … If recently, within the past 3 days, you have become convinced that you have LOST parts/aspects of your marriage. Again, if you have lost someone or something or some aspect of your marriage … Please stand in the ISLE.

Now, I’m requesting that all … currently sitting on the FIRST ROW (on my right and your left …) to 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 … in attendance today … are probably already aware that … the most common biblical … use of the WORD “LOST” …

a. … Is indicative of the unsaved, …

b. … and the image of Jesus’ Parable of the LOST Sheep … may even come to mind.

c. The word LOST … is more often used in the Old Testament and the New Testament … to refer to STRAYING believers …

d. … rather than … of those who have no relationship with the LORD.

e. Likewise, 2DAY, we believe that there is great JOY in the HEART of GOD when someone who was lost is found;

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