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Summary: Saul was rejected by the Lord as King, and replaced by of all people........a shepherd boy !

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Saul, Samuel And A Shepherd Boy

1 Samuel 15:17-35, 16:4-13

Three points........

I. Saul Was Losing !

a. Lost his convictions.

b. Lost his chance.

c. Lost his crown.

II. Samuel Was Lamenting !

a. He annointed Saul.

b. He advised Saul.

but in the end

c. He abandoned Saul. (no longer advised him because he had been rejected by God)

III. The Shepherd Boy Was Leading.

a. He was forgotten.

b. He was faithful

c. He was favored.

When I was a kid growing up in the metropolis of Haralson, Ga.....I attended the Baptist church there. However, the Methodist Church was having a big barbeque.........now when you grow up in Haralson you don’t get the chance for much free food........so I went ! When it comes to barbeque, brunswick stew........free food, you know it doesn’t matter what denomination you are !

Joke: A baptist was talking to a Methodist one day and asked........How come you’re a Methodist ? The guy said.......well I guess it’s because my great grandparents, my grandparents, my parents, and all my aunts, and uncles were, and are Methodists. The Baptist said.....why that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard of ! I guess if your great grandparents were morons, and your grandparents were morons, and if your mama, and daddy, and all your aunts, and uncles were morons.........I guess you’d be a Moron too........wouldn’t you ? The Methodist says.......naw I’d be a Baptist then !

Now back to the BBQ........there was some excitement in the air that day at the Methodist church........someone famous was coming ! Man was I excited........couldn’t wait to meet the guy................anyone remember "Herman Talmidge" ? I think he was a Senator or Congressman at one time...........now listen no respect to Mr. Talmidge.......but we kids didn’t know who in the world he was or what he did..........but it was exciting anyway !

In our text today set in another small out of the way place, excitement feeled the air. Someone famous was coming to Bethelehem. Everyone knew Samuel..........he was the prophet/priest of God...........Samuel of course was the Son whom Hannah prayed for.........remember how she gave him back to the Lord after he was born, and oh how God used this mighty man ! When he was a kid living at the Temple learning at the side of Eli, the High Priest.......Samuel was lying in the bed one night asleep, but was awakened by someone calling his name.....Samuel immediately jumped out of the bed, and ran to Eli’s room.......Here am I; for thou calledst me. Eli said to the boy....I called not; lie down again...........2nd time.....same

Joke: When you do will you bring me some water....

3rd time.........Eli finally got the message and perceived that God was speaking to the boy, and said to Samuel the boy......Go lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samuel learned to recognize the voice of God, and grew into one of the mightest prophets of all time !

The word in the street.......Samuel’s coming.........word has it..........that he’s coming here to annoint a King ! Can’t you hear the buzz ? Sure.........right........Samuel the prophet is coming here to annoint a King.......yeah right !


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