THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Thirteen

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Thirteen

A Heart Like His | 1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 Samuel 16:1-13 - Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.” 2 But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” “Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.” 4 So Samuel did as the Lord instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?” 5 “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too. 6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has chosen.” 9 Next Jesse summoned Shimea, but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has chosen.” 10 In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11 Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.” “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” 12 So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.” 13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

I. A body like his or hers

A. Our society is obsessed with physical appearance.

  • THE GYM, people are more faithful to it than the church. The church is your spiritual gym.
  • Billions of dollars are spent each year in the health and fitness industries.

B. I am all for physical fitness and being in shape.

  • God has another standard.
1 Samuel 16:7 - But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
  • Man places a high price on the externals; God examines deep within that man for something more.

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Twelve

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Twelve

Obedience is Not a Beast of Burden | 1 Samuel 15

I. Is backsliding in the Bible?

A. Some say the Bible doesn’t talk about backsliding

  • In reading the history of Israel and Judah, we see one generation after another backsliding against the Lord. God told Hosea, "My people are bent to backsliding from me..." (Hosea 11:7). In Hebrew, the meaning is, "My people are in the habit of turning their backs and withdrawing from me. They've always had this tendency and we do too!"
  • Jeremiah's frequent heart-cry was:
"Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married to you..." (Jeremiah 3:14).
"O Lord...our iniquities testify against us...for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee" (Jeremiah14:7).
"(Jerusalem's) transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased" (Jeremiah 5:6).

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Eleven

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Eleven

Obedience or Sacrifice |  1 Samuel 15

1 Samuel 15:13-23 - When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the Lord bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the Lord’s command!” 14 “Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded. 15 “It’s true that the army spared the best of the sheep, goats, and cattle,” Saul admitted. “But they are going to sacrifice them to the Lord your God. We have destroyed everything else.” 16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! Listen to what the Lord told me last night!” “What did he tell you?” Saul asked. 17 And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has anointed you king of Israel. 18 And the Lord sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ 19 Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?” 20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. 21 Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” 22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So, because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”

I. Background on Amalekites

A. So-called Amalekite Genocide of 1 Samuel 15.

1 Samuel 15:2-3 - This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. 3 Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”

  • People argue, with a fair bit of justification, that this looks like God is commanding genocide, and therefore that this creates some problems for our understanding of God’s goodness.
  • The standard evangelical response appeals to the sovereignty of God and to the depths of human sinfulness.

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Ten

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Ten

Heart and Soul | 1 Samuel 14

1 Samuel 13:17 - Three raiding parties soon left the camp of the Philistines. One went north toward Ophrah in the land of Shual, 18 another went west to Beth-horon, and the third moved toward the border above the valley of Zeboim near the wilderness. 19 There were no blacksmiths in the land of Israel in those days. The Philistines wouldn’t allow them for fear they would make swords and spears for the Hebrews. 20 So whenever the Israelites needed to sharpen their plowshares, picks, axes, or sickles, ] they had to take them to a Philistine blacksmith. 21 The charges were as follows: a quarter of an ounce of silver for sharpening a plowshare or a pick, and an eighth of an ounce for sharpening an ax or making the point of an ox goad. 22 So on the day of the battle none of the people of Israel had a sword or spear, except for Saul and Jonathan. 23 The pass at Micmash had meanwhile been secured by a contingent of the Philistine army.

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Nine

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Nine

Hard Pressed // 1 Samuel 13:1-14

Common Theme (1 Samuel 1-13):

Lay down your idols, fix your eyes on God, obey/faithfully serve Him alone.

  • When our focus is misaligned, our obedience in misappropriated 
    • As long as our eyes are fixed on our situations, problems, sins, etc--and not on the One--we will never experience victory in our life.
Hebrews 12:1-2a - Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith...

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Eight

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Eight

To Faithfully Serve

I. Background of a really good start.

A.  10:27 Nahash oppressing Gad an Ruben

  • This guy is the reason they wanted a king in the first place. They feared his cruelty. 
  • Gouging out the right eye of all the men
    • [Nahash, king of the Ammonites, had been grievously oppressing the people of Gad and Reuben who lived east of the Jordan River. He gouged out the right eye of each of the Israelites living there, and he didn’t allow anyone to come and rescue them. In fact, of all the Israelites east of the Jordan, there wasn’t a single one whose right eye Nahash had not gouged out. But there were 7,000 men who had escaped from the Ammonites, and they had settled in Jabesh-gilead.]
  • This paragraph, which is not included in the Masoretic Text, but is found in Dead Sea Scrolls.

B. Israel was caught between the Ammonites and the Philistines

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Seven

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Seven

Gimme a "K"

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 - “You are about to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’ 15 If this happens, be sure to select as king the man the Lord your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner. 16 “The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’ 17 The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself. 18 “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. 20 This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.

I. Saul “the Asked for”

1 Samuel 9:1-2 - There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land.

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Six

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Six

Rejecting Who You Are

1 Samuel 7:13-17 - So the Philistines were subdued and didn’t invade Israel again for some time. And throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the Lord’s powerful hand was raised against the Philistines. 14 The Israelite villages near Ekron and Gath that the Philistines had captured were restored to Israel, along with the rest of the territory that the Philistines had taken. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites in those days. 15 Samuel continued as Israel’s judge for the rest of his life. 16 Each year he traveled around, setting up his court first at Bethel, then at Gilgal, and then at Mizpah. He judged the people of Israel at each of these places. 17 Then he would return to his home at Ramah, and he would hear cases there, too. And Samuel built an altar to the Lord at Ramah.

1 Samuel 8:1-3 - As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.

  • Parents, I think this provides us with a stern warning: Our faith is not genetic.

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Five

THE BOOKS OF SAMUEL | Week Five

Drop the Crutch

1 Samuel 7:1-2 - So the men of Kiriath-jearim came to get the Ark of the Lord. They took it to the hillside home of Abinadab and ordained Eleazar, his son, to be in charge of it. 2 The Ark remained in Kiriath-jearim for a long time—twenty years in all. During that time all Israel mourned because it seemed the Lord had abandoned them.

  • God told Joshua, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
  • The Israelites continue to live in a state of denial blaming God.
  • God hadn't abandoned them, they abandoned God!

What situations are you blaming God for?

FATHER'S DAY 2017 | House of Hope

FATHER'S DAY 2017 | House of Hope

Colossians 3:20-21 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won’t become discouraged.

The negative Sermon. The do not’s

A. This seems like it would be very easy thing to do.

  • If you want to lose weight don’t eat…It’s simple just sit there and do nothing.

B. Live a life worthy of imitation.

  • How can we have a life that if our kids imitated we would be okay with?

>>> If there was a way wouldn’t you want that? This verse is broken down into three things. Fathers, exasperating your children, and discouragement.