Summary: God’s way of choosing over mans way - PowerPoint slides for this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com
Who will be king?
Reading: 1 Samuel chapter 16 verses 1-13:
• Garage photos.
• They look great but they are of course without substance.
King Saul’s greatest concern was his looks/image:
• How he looked before the people was all important.
• He was chosen as king because of his looks.
• He is described as being ‘head & shoulders’ above everyone else.
• He was outwardly very impressive, but inwardly extremely hollow.
Rolls Royce body with a Reliant Robin engine.
Saul was elected King:
• But he is no longer qualified.
• God has rejected him.
• Israel is surrounded by her enemies.
• They desperately need someone to carry the sceptre… but who?
• Samuel the prophet did not know; none of the people knew.
• No one knew…………..except God.
(1). Man panics…………God provides (vs 1)
“The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king."
• The term Dad’s Army was given to the British Home Guard during World War II,
• It was predominately made up of men who didn’t qualify for active service.
• The BBC produced a programme called ‘Dad’s Army’,
• It ran for nine years and they produced around 80 episodes.
• The characters & their expressions became household names:
• e.g. Capt. Mainwaring- ’Right then. Pay attention, men’,
• e.g. Private Fraser-’We’re doomed, I say. Doomed’.
• e.g. and of course Corporal Jones-’Don’t Panic Mr Mainwaring, don’t panic’
When things do not work out as we expect it is easy to panic:
• Samuel the prophet of God may have been panicking!
• But God was not!
• He knew exactly what he was doing and who the next king would be.
• Saul, the first king of Israel had been chosen by the people – and had been rejected.
• Now a new king would be chosen – and this time chosen by God himself.
• In verse 2 Samuel is panic-stricken again;
• “What if Saul hears?” he knows for him that spells disaster!
• From a human viewpoint Samuel was plain scared
• He knew if Saul got wind of his plans it was ‘goodnight’ Samuel.
• Samuel the prophet is not looking to or trusting God;
• His eyes are firmly fixed on his potential situation.
• Notice: God doesn’t even answer Samuel’s remark about Saul.
• He simply says get your eyes fixed on me!
• Samuel, you don’t have to be smart, just obedient.
• You don’t have to be clever, all you need do is obey.
• Saul may send shivers down your back, but he doesn’t frighten me!
• God asks Samuel to trust him.
Quote: Tom Marshall
• “If we want the Word of God to have authority in our life, there is only one way - obey it.
• If we want the Holy Spirit to have authority in our life, there is only one way - Obey Him.
• If we always obey impulses of fear or doubt or resentment,
• What will have authority over our minds? Fear, and doubt and resentment”.
• “So Samuel did what the Lord said”.
• Brilliant Samuel, now you are talking!
• At last he had trusted and he obeyed!
Henrietta Mears used to tell her students:
• "A bird is free in the air. Place a bird in the water and he has lost his liberty.
• A fish is free in the water, but leave him on the sand and he perishes.
• He is out of his realm.
• So, the Christian is free when he does the will of God and is obedient to God’s command.
• This is as natural a realm for God’s child;
• As the water is for the fish, or the air for the bird."
• “So Samuel did what the Lord said”.
• Brilliant Samuel,
• As we will see in a few minutes time; Samuel discovered once again;
• That trusting God is always best!
• Both for us & other people!
(2). Man chooses…………God corrects (vs 4-8)
• The man in the antique shop who was cleaning an old lamp;
• When suddenly a Genie appeared.
• The Genie said; "I will grant you one of three choices ;
• infinite wisdom, infinite wealth or infinite health."
• The man looked at his wife, then looked at the Genie and replied "Wisdom."
• "So be it." and the Genie disappeared.
• In the silence that followed, the man sat thoughtfully, saying nothing,