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1 Samuel 11-13

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Samuel has something to say about the kingdom that never ends, and it has nothing to do with Walt!

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Intro

Are you a fan of Disney? Even if you’re not you can recognize what this is… Icon = timeless
only one kingdom is timeless and it is not Walt’s
Today I want to talk to you about a King who fell from glory...
Prayer
Grant us heavenly Father to learn vicariously today…

Message

Synopsis:

Nahash the Ammonite
Jabesh-gilead - treaty
Nahash - gouge out Right eye - disgrace to Israel
7 days...
Saul - Oxen
Spirit of God - cut in pieces
Israel / Judah = 300k / 30k
1 Samuel 11:9 ESV
9 And they said to the messengers who had come, “Thus shall you say to the men of Jabesh-gilead: ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have salvation.’ ” When the messengers came and told the men of Jabesh, they were glad.
high noon - [salvation]
Jabesh - tomorrow = give ourselves to you
3 companies - early morning = -2
The Kingdom is Renewed
wait a minute… kill the doubters!
1 Samuel 11:13 ESV
13 But Saul said, “Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the Lord has worked salvation in Israel.”
a day for rejoicing not vengance = v13 = LORD - salvation
Samuel = renew the kingdom
sacrificed peace / rejoice

Samuel’s Farewell Address [Samuel’s Warning]

Though we meet with prosperity and success in a way of sin, yet we must not therefore think the more favourably of it. They have a king, and if they conduct themselves well their king may be a very great blessing to them, and yet Samuel will have them perceive and see that their wickedness was great in asking a king. We must never think well of that which God in his law frowns upon, though in his providence he may seem to smile upon it.

I have done what you wanted = King
I have served you a long time what wrong have I done you?
No / Never!!
The LORD is witness
Moses / Aaron = Egypt
but they forgot God
oppressed
cried out to God
Judges = Jerubbaal / Barak / Jephthah / Samuel
Nahash…
King - not God as King = King like Men

Though we meet with prosperity and success in a way of sin, yet we must not therefore think the more favourably of it.

Though we meet with prosperity and success in a way of sin, yet we must not therefore think the more favourably of it. They have a king, and if they conduct themselves well their king may be a very great blessing to them, and yet Samuel will have them perceive and see that their wickedness was great in asking a king. We must never think well of that which God in his law frowns upon, though in his providence he may seem to smile upon it.

Behold your King!!
Fear / Obey = Good
Forget / Rebel = Bad
Stand In Awe
Harvest - rain / thunder!!
fear = pray for us
1 Samuel 12:20–22 ESV
20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. 22 For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.
1 Samuel 12:20–21 ESV
20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.
Samuel - I will pray for you

20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

21 And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty

Serve-God-Heart
Wicked-Swept Away - You / King

1 Samuel 13:1 ESV
1 Saul lived for one year and then became king, and when he had reigned for two years over Israel,
Fighting Philistines
3k = 2k Saul / 1k Johnathan
John - defeat Philistines
Saul - toots his horn!
Philistines upset
Phils = 30k chariots / 6k horsemen / troops = sand
Hebrews - trouble = hide in holes [tombs, rocks, cisterns]
Saul - followed trembling...
Saul’s Unlawful Sacrifice [8-15]
7 days - no Sam - people going
Saul = Offers Offerings - as soon as done!
greet him = bless him - is he equal to the prophet?
Samuel = “What have you done?”
Saul = rationalization...
1 Samuel 13:11–12 ESV
11 Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, 12 I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.”
1 Sam 13.11
Samuel = reality check
.13-14
1 Samuel 13:13–14 ESV
13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Saul = # the Army = 600
1 Samuel 13:13 ESV
13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.
Philistine Raiders - go out - in 3
strategic advantage
No weapons - in Israel
out #’ed and out gunned…

Application

1 Samuel 13:8–15 ESV
8 He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. 9 So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10 As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him. 11 Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, 12 I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.” 13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” 15 And Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal. The rest of the people went up after Saul to meet the army; they went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men.
We have all been here, we can all relate to Saul, … things seem to be going so well and we are walking so close to God and yet a fall is right around the corner
Saul allows circumstances to dictate
7 days - Gilgal - Samuel - Scattering…
things looked bad
Saul allows for partial obedience
little sin… no such thing
Saul fails to take responsibility
he gives excuses
Jesus is not Saul
Offerings - burnt / peace

Close

First comes the tyranny of the urgent, the encroaching pressure from surrounding circumstances. This is followed by the insecurity and self-doubt arising from a lack of total reliance on God. Finally, there follows the rebellion itself—the pitiful human attempt to take matters into our own hands, which is tantamount to usurping, or at least presuming upon, the authority of God. This is the picture of sin demonstrated in the Garden of Eden as the paradigm of human failure, and as we all know too well, at least in our most honest moments, it is a pattern repeated many times in our own lives.

The New American Commentary: 1, 2 Samuel (1) Saul Disobeys the Lord’s Command to Wait for Samuel (13:1–16a)

The events included in the telling of this episode serve to create a tragic parallel between Saul and Adam (cf. Gen 3). Both men were the heads of their respective social institutions; both violated commands given them by the Lord; both expressed an unwillingness to take personal responsibility for their actions. Because of sin Adam lost the opportunity for eternal life in the garden; for the same cause Saul lost the opportunity for an enduring dynasty in the Promised Land. These parallels are not accidental but result from a consistent theological perspective that views loss of position and privilege as inevitable consequences of violating the Lord’s commandments.

Saul lost his kingdom for want of two or three hours’ patience.

Prayer
400 Prayers for Preachers Grant that We May Be Ruled by Christ’s Authority

Grant, Almighty God, that as you have given us your only begotten Son to rule us, and have by your good pleasure consecrated him a King over us, that we may be perpetually safe and secure under his hand against all the attempts of the devil and of the whole world—O grant that we may allow ourselves to be ruled by his authority, and so conduct ourselves that he may ever continue to watch for our safety. And as you have committed us to him, that he may be the guardian of our salvation, so also allow us not either to turn aside or to fall, but preserve us ever in his service, until we are at length gathered into that blessed and everlasting kingdom, which has been procured for us by the blood of your only Son. Amen.

JOHN CALVIN

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