Summary: A look at the testing of Saul at Gilgal. Looks at what God was attempting to do in Saul’s life. Encourages the people to walk in obedience
Purpose Statement: To encourage the congregation to walk in obedience.
Background: Samuel doesn’t arrive at Gilgal when Saul expects him. The
men are terrified of a terrific army in front of them. Saul and the men are
filled with fear. Fear leads Saul to be disobedient to Samuel’s command and
he takes the offering himself and offers them. At the heart of his action is
fear. There is a tremendous fear of failure here. Fear can make people act
rashly and illogical at times. Faith quenches fear.
Why did Samuel wait? Samuel never offers us an explanation. Why
does God wait sometimes to answer prayers? I want you to see a couple of
things from this passage. First
I. The Purpose of Saul’s testing vs.6-9
1. To build up faith We are not to trust only in our own understanding. We
need to trust in the Lord and lean on His understanding Prov 3:5-6 Tell the
story about Bro.Vic moving into new church building. God desires for you to
let you of your security blankets and to trust Him. He wants to take you to
that place where your actions glorify Him and you can walk in faith without
seeing all the answers. Saul acted by sight vs.11 he said “I saw”. He didn’t
act in faith.
2. to purify- The waiting period may cause me to ask “Is there any sin in my
life which is hindering this prayer being answered?” Saul may have had a
problem with trust or a sin issue like pride that God wanted to deal with.
Saul may have been too self-sufficient for God to use during this time and
God was trying to get him to lean on Him. God wanted to give him a new
perspective on his problem. Jonathen, Saul’s son had this perspective. (1
3. To prune- those who seek to obey God will go through times of
pruning,so that we will grow more like Him. I must submit myself to God
knowing that He has perfect knowledge and knows what is best for me.
God is attempting to build within you some faith and a testimony. It is a
II. The Consequences of Saul’s disobedience vs.13-14 God can take away
the guilt of all our sins, but there may still be consequences to pay.
Saul’s pride, impatience, disobedience and deception were all seen and
judged by the Lord. Saul tried to blame his circumstances, but God saw His
1. He missed out on God’s perfect will. He short circuited what God desired
to do in his life. As a result of this sin, the throne is inherited by David
instead of Saul’s son Jonathan. God wanted to bless Saul, but wouldn’t
ignore Saul’s disobedience. Read Is 48:18-19. God’s desire is to give peace
like a river and righteousness and a heritage.
2. His descendants were destroyed. Saul’s son Jonathen, who should have
taken the throne after his father is destroyed with the sword. Here we see the
destructive power of doubt and fear.
From the events of the past few months, it seems out world is growing more
anxiety, troubled, violent and sick in sin everyday. Violence is increasing and
Jerusalem is in turmoil. People talk about peace, but there is none. It appears
likely that Jesus will be returning soon. All the signs point to that. Will you
be found faithful if he does come back? Are you walking in obedience?